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Scrape Linkedin Profiles using Python


Linkedin is a large network of professional people. It connects around 900M people around the globe. This is a place where people post about their work experience, company culture, current market trends, etc. Linkedin can also be used for generating leads for your business. You can find prospects who might be interested in your product.

scraping linkedin profiles using python
Scrape LinkedIn Profiles using Python

Scraping Linkedin profiles has multiple applications. In this blog, we are going to learn how we can scrape LinkedIn profiles with Python. Later I will explain how Scrapingdog’s Linkedin Scraper can help you scrape millions of profiles on a daily basis.

Setting up The Prerequisites for Scraping LinkedIn Profiles using Python

I hope you have already installed Python 3.x on your machine. If not then you can download it from here.

Then create a folder in which you will keep the Python script and inside this folder create a Python file.

mkdir linkedin

I am creating a Python file by the name scrapeprofile.py inside this folder.

Required Libraries

You can install this library with this command.

pip install requests

Let’s Start Scraping Linkedin Profile

Before we start writing the code for scraping Linkedin I would advise you to always focus on scraping public Linkedin Profiles rather than scraping the private ones. If you want to learn more about legal issues involved while scraping Linkedin then do read this article.

Well, now we can proceed with scraping Linkedin. Let me first list down the number of methods we have through which we can scrape Linkedin.

  1. Scraping Linkedin profiles with the cookies of a registered user- This is an illegal process since you are using private cookies to get into their system.
  2. Scraping profiles with cookies of a public page- This is completely legal.

We are going to use the II method. Of course, this method has its own limitation and I will later explain to you how you can bypass this limitation.

Let’s first collect cookies by opening a public profile. You can get cookies by opening the Chrome dev tools.

collecting cookies by opening this linkedin profile
Collecting Cookies by Opening This LinkedIn Profile
import requests

url = "https://www.linkedin.com/in/schylerrichards"
cookie_strings = 'lang=v=2&lang=en-us; bcookie="v=2&3bd75170-6a43-4697-850d-99fc0267e71a"; bscookie="v=1&20230803201825576bec9b-2631-4217-8f68-6fcc1516a6ceAQEMb1QYzxcnroEXXgdf5wi6TQYjkM9u"; JSESSIONID=ajax:0943570843674297750; fid=AQEVfncOKT_f6QAAAYm_qzC19C5bXchfP3DsKwsWQCne8Fc4XroDkxi6FfU4wW4pVw-6nnSefm95DQ; lidc="b=TGST08:s=T:r=T:a=T:p=T:g=2570:u=1:x=1:i=1691399797:t=1691486197:v=2:sig=AQHhryiI3gvjBSCA_BgBerSSA4jPorLF"; fcookie=AQEGIWM3v7wsSAAAAYnQOmapZ4wgt7r6rUT5h3izKUUayAGxcrC6crXkA7pZ4RNAJayHaA4G3zMtVyGXbeADHzTglPwlw40_2S5-KOSapI4u_-VvYGBMsXcekPtQ86WuSiRo11iWT0Z3e8hYsioh7A0rdlHge5YUHAfFr3tuvvEjxGFln8EFBe7Tzr8cSGMHlEXT56AexKDCYsBb1q0yGrvumGRAuKNuGkfEA22WCkBgml2cIsDszX6r5wZVHZ2vhLDDiUXDf2bE2WeZ35ERTAz7AUYIKD4q2XTMpidAjVsRJqp7sCmftU7a6djCbkRWaKCP6OS+7qMbZhmz9BuzMQ==; g_state={"i_p":1691422839742,"i_l":1}; fid=AQFZ_EZlhT2_SwAAAYnQOoceTschZlcQcuOgysDASdKVYcnAtBcwx6h-GKFvM_vd1YpOpv1z0U50lA'

headers = {
  'accept': 'text/html,application/xhtml+xml,application/xml;q=0.9,image/avif,image/webp,image/apng,/;q=0.8,application/signed-exchange;v=b3;q=0.9',
  'accept-encoding': 'gzip, deflate, br',
  'accept-language': 'en-US,en;q=0.9',
  'user-agent': 'Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_15_7) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/ Safari/537.36',
  'Cookie': cookie_strings

response = requests.get(url, headers=headers)

This Python code performs a GET request to the URL â€œhttps://www.linkedin.com/in/schylerrichards with custom headers, including a specific set of cookies. The response status code is printed to the console.

Let’s break down the code step by step:

  1. Import the requests library: This code requires the requests library to make HTTP requests.
  2. Define the URL and Cookie String: The url variable contains the URL of the page to be scraped. The cookie_strings variable contains the cookie we copied earlier from a public Linkedin profile.
  3. Define the Headers: The headers dictionary contains various request headers that are sent along with the GET request. These headers include 'accept''Connection''accept-encoding''Referer''accept-language', and 'user-agent'. Additionally, the 'Cookie' header is set to the cookie_strings variable to include the specified cookies in the request.
  4. Make the GET Request: The code uses requests.get(url, headers=headers) to make the GET request to the given URL with the custom headers.
  5. Print the Response Status Code: The status code of the response is printed to the console using response.status_code. This status code indicates the success or failure of the GET request.

Once you run this code you will get a 200 status code.

Let’s try to scrape another profile. Once again if you run the code you will see a 200 status code.

scraping this LinkedIn Profile

At this stage, I bet your adrenaline is rushing and you are feeling like you have created the best LinkedIn scraper but hey this is just an illusion and this scraper is going to fall flat after just a few profiles have been scraped. From here two things are going to happen.

  • Your IP will be banned.
  • Your cookies will expire.

Once this happens, Linkedin will redirect all of your requests to an authentication page.

linkedin sign up window
LinkedIn Sign-Up Window

Linkedin is very protective of user privacy and due to this, your data pipeline will stop. But there is a solution through which you can scrape millions of Linkedin profiles without getting blocked.

Scrapingdog’s Linkedin Profile Scraper API For Blockage-Free Data Extraction

Scrapingdog offers a dedicated scraper for scraping Linkedin profiles. Of course, it is a paid API but it offers generous free 1000 credits for you to test the service before you commit to the paid subscription.

Check Out the LinkedIn Profile Scraper API here!!

linkedin profile scraper api
LinkedIn Profile Scraper API

After signup, you will find an API key on your dashboard. Now, your code will remain the same except for the target URL.

import requests

url = "https://api.scrapingdog.com/linkedin/?api_key=Your-API-key&type=profile&linkId=rbranson"

response = requests.get(url)


Once you run this code you will get a JSON response.

Right from the prospect’s name to his work experience, everything has been scraped and served to you in a JSON format. Now you can use it anywhere you like. Like this, you can scrape company profiles as well and the result be in the same JSON format.

What exactly do you get from Scrapingdog’s LinkedIn Profile Scraper API?

The following data points will be part of the JSON response.

  • Name
  • Profile pictures
  • Work Experience
  • Volunteering work
  • Languages he/she might know
  • Recommendations made by other Linkedin users
  • Education
  • Activities on Linkedin
  • Number of followers and connections
  • What he/she likes

And many more data points.

Many users regularly scrape millions of profiles every month using this API. You can ask for more free credits if you are seriously considering scraping millions of LinkedIn profiles. You can read this guide to better understand the functionality of this API or watch the video below.

LinkedIn Individual & Company Profile Scraper


In this article, I explained to you how you can scrape LinkedIn profiles using Python. I also showed you a way to bypass the LinkedIn auth wall (I know it is paid).

You can also check out my dedicated article on scraping LinkedIn jobs using Python. For the same, I have made a dedicated LinkedIn Job Scraper API, if you are looking to scrape LinkedIn jobs at scale, do check it out too!!

Linkedin Scraping is not easy and I can say that this is the most challenging website when it comes to web scraping.

I hope you like this little tutorial and if you do then please do not forget to share it with your friends and on your social media.

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Manthan Koolwal

My name is Manthan Koolwal and I am the founder of scrapingdog.com. I love creating scraper and seamless data pipelines.
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