How to quickly build your own dataset of images for Deep Learning

Fast way to scrape data without coding using Octoparse

Eugenia Anello
6 min readMay 25, 2022
Photo by @analiaferrario on Unsplash

There are always two suggested image datasets in Computer vision projects, MNIST and fashion MNIST. They respectively provide grayscale images of handwritten digits and Zalando’s article images.

But unfortunately, the images are more complex than these popular toy datasets and not always black and white in the real world. For this reason, I want to show a fast way to build your own image dataset, even if you are not an expert in coding.

In this tutorial, we are going to scrape the images of dresses from Vinted, a popular clothing marketplace for second-hand fashion. The web scraping tool to extract the data is Octoparse, a software with an intuitive interface that doesn’t require any knowledge of programming language. Let’s start!

Table of Contents:

  • What is Octoparse?
  • Download Octoparse
  • Scrape clothes using Octoparse

What is Octoparse?

Octoparse is a free and powerful web scraping software that enables you to collect data from web pages in an intuitive way. As remarked previously, no programming knowledge is requested…