Alternative to comparing Parseur vs Mailparser in 2021

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by Sylvestre Dupont
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Chances are that if you found this article, you are looking for an email parser to extract data from your emails. Maybe you tried to use Mailparser. And maybe you also heard of Parseur and wonder what is the best mail parser in 2021. Is Parseur an alternative to Mailparser?

In this article we'll highlight the similarities and differences between two major email parsers on the market, and Parseur.

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Parseur vs Mailparser in a nutshell

The table below summarizes the differences between Mailparser and Parseur. Read on for a detailed comparison.

Mailparser logo
Parseur logo
Setup Rule based
Template based
Point & Click
Email display Text only
With formatting
(like in your email client)
Parsing reliability Great Great
Attachment parsing Yes, some Yes, many
Metadata parsing Yes, some Yes, many
Table parsing Yes, via rules Yes, Point & Click
Web page parsing No Yes
Automatic parsing Yes, some Yes, hundreds of layouts supported
Multi-layout support Yes, via routing rules Yes, automatic
Spreadsheet merging Yes, via rules Yes, automatic
Post processing Yes Yes
Power Automate
Google Sheets
GetSwift (via Zapier)
Power Automate
Google Sheets
Salesforce (via Zapier)
Zoho (via Zapier)
Retention Policy Up to 60 days Up to 1 year
Mailboxes per account
30 to Unlimited
depending on plan
API No Yes
Notifications Email Email and Webhooks
Logs Yes, some Yes, detailed
Online documentation
Online documentation
GDPR Compliance Yes, data hosted in the US Yes, data hosted in the EU

What is an email parser?

Emails come in all shapes and layouts. And that's a problem when you want to feed data coming from an email to another app or system, because machines like data properly structured in order to process it. And email is not designed for structured data.

That's where email parsers can help. Etymologically, the verb To parse comes from the Latin pars which meant the plural of part. So a parser's job is to identify parts of information. An Email parser converts emails into structured data. For example, with an email parser, you can extract lead information from marketing emails and add them to your CRM. Or you can set up a workflow to manage email inquiries about houses for sales for your real estate agency. Or you can automate the management of your purchase invoices.

By leveraging business automation, email parsers remove inefficiencies of manual data entry of your emails. It saves you time, it improves your data quality and increases reliability. Ultimately an email parser saves money to your business. If you want to dive deeper into emails parsers, check out our What is an email parser? article.

What are main features?

Mailparser is a powerful email parser that comes loaded with advanced features for the expert user. Mailparser comes with all the features you'd expect from an advanced email parser: attachment parsing, metadata parsing, table parsing, multiple download and export strategies, data formatting etc.

Setting up your parser in mailparser lets you create rules to tell the parsing engine where to find the data you are looking for. A rule is a series of steps where you manipulate the email content and filter out what you don't need until you only get the data point you're interested in. Although setting rules can take quite some time, it shouldn't be any problem if you are a developer or have some programming background.

What's great about mailparser is that once all your rules are setup, you can count on it to reliably parse your data as long as the email layout remains the same. If the layout changes, you'll need to adjust your rules accordingly. Because of the rule-based approach, each mailbox you create in mailparser is limited to one type of layout. If you receive emails from different providers and want to send them to a single endpoint, you'll have to create one mailbox per provider and then setup routing rules to tell which mailbox to use for each email. Of course, you'll have to make sure you name your fields consistently and setup your exports similarly if you ultimately want your data to be sent to the same endpoint.

In a nutshell, if you don't need to support too many different email layouts and get over the learning curve for setting up rules, mailparser will be able to cater your most advanced parsing projects.

If you need to parse multiple layouts efficiently and/or don't have an IT expert on hand to manage your mailparser account, you may be interested in trying Parseur out.

What are Parseur main features?

Parseur is an email parsing solution that aims at keeping a simple point & click approach. Like Mailparser, Parseur feature-set makes it a great choice for the most advanced use cases. Unlike Mailparser, setting up Parseur is easy even without a technical background as everything is point & click. Parseur also supports multiple email layouts in a single mailbox automatically with no additional setup. Let's have a look at Parseur major features.

Template-based and point & click

After you sending an email to your mailbox, Parseur will ask you to create a template that will serve as a reference to parse all similar emails. Creating a template is as easy as point & click: just select the pieces of data you want to capture from the email, give each a name and voila! Parseur will take care of creating the underlying rules for each field for you captured. This simple approach makes creating templates breeze. It usually takes just a minute or two to create a template capturing dozens of data points.

Automatic Multi layout parsing

If you don't control the source of the email you parse, you can be sure the email will change after some time. When that happens, you want to be able to quickly support the new email layout while still keeping the old one for backward compatibility. Also, ,, you may want to consolidate your parsed data from different platforms. For example if you are restaurant parsing orders from different food delivery platforms, you want to send all those orders to one mailbox and have your email parser know how to extract data from each of them.

With Parseur, when a new type of email comes in, you just need to create a new template for it. You don't need to create any routing rules, Parseur will reliably and automatically know which template to use for every email.

Beyond emails: document and attachment parsing

Sometimes the data you want to extract is not an email but a PDF, a spreadsheet or an email attachment. Parseur can extract data from the most common attachments including .txt, .html, .rtf, .doc, .docx, .docm, .pdf, xml etc. Parseur also supports automatic parsing and consolidation of spreadsheets in CSV or Excel. Read more about working with attachments using Parseur.

Rich HTML email parsing

Parseur is the only email parsing tool that displays emails as they appear in your favorite email client with formatting, colors, pictures, tables etc. Because of that unique feature, Parseur is able to better understand the data you want to extract from the email. And that also means it is more convenient to create templates, as you see the same email layout you're used to.

Outstanding parsing reliability

Parser aims at ensuring the parsed data is the one you ask for. It will not extract data that is totally different your original template. So it won't corrupt your processing pipeline down the way. Parseur parsing engine is very reliable and will get you consistent parsed data every time.

Metadata parsing

On top of extracting data from email content, Parseur can also extract metadata such as, From, To, CC, BCC fields, as well as the email subject or date and time. Parseur can also automatically extract the last reply from an email conversation, which makes it a great tool to sync emails with a ticketing tool for example. Read more abut parsing email metadata in Parseur.

Point and click table parsing

Extracting tabular data from emails is a very common use cases. For example when extracting data from an invoice, you can often have a different number of items on your invoice. Or when extracting results from Google Alerts, the number of alerts will be different in each email. You could be creating templates for each combination of results but that will soon prove time-consuming. Instead, Parseur lets you extract tables and repetitive data just by pointing and clicking, even for the most complex tabular layouts. Read more about parsing tabular data in emails with Parseur.

Ready-made templates: dozens of emails layouts supported

Parseur comes loaded with a set of ready-made templates for many industries:

  • Food Delivery (Grubhub, Doordash, Eat24)
  • Real Estate (Zillow, Trulia)
  • Google Alerts
  • Accommodation Booking (Airbnb, Priceline)
  • e-commerce (Amazon, Zara, C&A)

All you have to do is create a new mailbox and forward an email. If it is one of our supported layouts, it will be parsed automatically.

Multiple data export and integrations for every use case

With Parseur you can directly download your parsed data as CSV, Excel or JSON. Or you can send webhooks to your application in real time.

Parseur also integrates with Zapier using an instant integration (data is sent in real time after an email is parsed). Zapier is the leader application connector service that allows your parsed data to be sent to thousands of applications and CRM like Salesforce, Zoho, Slack, AirTable, SmartSheet and many more.

Parseur also integrates with:

Other Parseur highlights

  • Post Processing and data formatting: Parseur lets you convert parsed data into different formats including date, time, number, text. Read more about formatting parsed data.
  • Re-run document parsing: you can re-run a document to parse in a click. You can also ask to re-run parsing on your whole mailbox in a click.
  • Send document via API: you don't need to forward documents by email. You can also submit them directly via the API.
  • Manage account mailboxes and templates via API: automate your mailbox management using Parseur API.
  • Logs for control and audit: review logs detailing what happened at each step of the parsing
  • Notifications when something goes wrong: get notifications by email or via webhook when an email could not be parsed
  • Privacy conscious and GDPR compliant: Parseur takes your privacy seriously and is GDPR compliant. Your data is hosted in a highly secure and redundant facility in the European Union.
  • Chat Support: you don't have to wait days to get an answer to a simple question. Talk with the support team using the chat box.
  • Web page parsing via URL: Parseur can download and parse a web page from a URL in a document.

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