DMI Google Play Similar Apps is a simple tool built on top of the Google Play app store. It extracts app details for a given list of apps as well as details for apps listed as ‘Similar’ on the details pages of these given apps.
To scrape app details and/or ‘Similar’ apps, the researcher should first create a seed list containing one or multiple app IDs (unique identifiers) to be used as starting points by the scraper. These app IDs may be obtained directly from Google Play URLs referring to the details pages of a given app (example: Instagram’s details page URL: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.instagram.android; Instagram’s app ID: com.instagram.android). Second, the app IDs should then be inputted into the tool (one per line). Third, name your result. Fourth, click ‘Get similar apps’ and wait for the scraper to finish. While running, a process log is shown. Finally, after succesful completion the results can be downloaded via the ‘Output’ tab in the following standard file formats: tabular (.HTML, .CSV) or networks (.GEXF). Please note: The scraper stores previous jobs under the ‘Past Jobs’ tab, with the name provided by the researcher.