The best alternative to Parserr in 2024

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by Neha Gunnoo
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Oh, you found us! This means that you have been searching for the best alternative to Parserr. Rest assured that we will compare Parseur vs Parserr in detail and in the fairest and most objective possible way in this article.

For those who are unfamiliar with Parseur, it is a powerful email parsing tool that automatically extracts data and text from emails. It is ideal for parsing incoming emails, much like Parserr. However, unlike Parserr, it doesn't require any parsing rules.

Let's take a look at the similarities and differences between Parseur and Parserr.

Parseur vs Parserr in a nutshell

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

Engine Rule-based AI-based
Email display Text only With formatting (like in your email client)
Metadata parsing Yes Yes
Table parsing Yes, with rules Yes, auto
HTML parsing No Yes
Automatic parsing Limited (Zillow) Yes, AI + hundreds of templates supported
Multi-layout parsing No Yes
PDF parsing Limited (plain text) Advanced with OCR and AI
Scanned PDF (OCR) No Yes
Integrations Download
Google Sheets
Dynamics CRM
Google Sheets
Power Automate
Number of mailboxes/models 10 to 90 Unlimited
API No Yes

How does an email parser work?

In simple terms, an email parsing tool extracts data from emails. For example, if you are a real estate agent who receives countless real estate leads, an email parser can help extract specific information (such as the buyer's name, address, and property details) automatically and send it to a Google spreadsheet.

It helps you save countless hours of manual data entry work while you can focus on other productive tasks.

Emails come in different formats and layouts, and it can take hours to pull data from those, especially if you receive a huge volume of data per day. An email parser is the best solution to save time and be more cost-efficient as well.

How does Parserr work?

Parserr allows you to parse incoming emails based on specific parsing rules which is how the tool will know which data you want to extract.

Creating rules in Parserr

You can extract specific pieces of text from the subject, body, attachments (Text PDFs), or headers of your emails.

A screen capture of parserr rules
Selecting the input data of a rule

To extract a data point, you choose an input and then you define a set of filters that will refine the text into only the piece of text you are interested in. This is quite powerful but can take some time to set up as you need to repeat the operation for each and every data point you want to extract.

Once you've created all rules, Parserr will show you a preview of the parsed data so that you can check before it is parsed. If you are not satisfied with it, you can add additional rules and filters to refine the data.

For example, let's say you want to extract a customer's name from the body of the email, you can select the rule "Find content you need".

A screen capture of parserr specific rules
Create filters to refine data in Parserr

Basically, for every bit of information that you need to extract, a parsing rule needs to be created. What's great about Parserr is that once your rules are set up correctly, each email that you sent to the mailbox (in the same format) will be parsed automatically.

However, if you have multiple email layouts that you want to parse, this can be challenging. You'll have to create multiple mailboxes, one for each layout, and make sure to set up auto forward rules to send the right email to the right mailbox. Also if the sender of the email updates their layout, you will have to update your rules.

Parserr integrations

Parserr offers various integration strategies, especially with Power Automate and the Microsoft Ecosystem.

Parserr software functionality was poor and the support, even though was offered, was nonexistent. After weeks of self-trialing and errors trying to solve the parsing issues with their support only answering 1 of every 5 support requests and follow-ups (and then that was only partly addressed), I gave up and researched Parseur.

  • Phil M. via Capterra

Parseur main features as an email parser

Parseur is a powerful email parsing solution that also extracts data from emails and documents. The main difference between Parseur and Parserr is that you don't need to create parsing rules.

Parseur is a point & click editor where you just need to highlight the specific information that you want. Parseur is template-based, which means you visually see all fields you extract from an email layout. The tool requires zero coding knowledge.

A screen capture of zillow template
Example of a Parseur template for Zillow

For those who have trouble getting what they want using parsing rules, this is a lifesaver.

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Built-in templates for different industries

Parseur has pre-made templates for use cases for food ordering and delivery, real estate and Google alerts. If you want to extract text from emails from our supported industries, all you have to do is set up automatic forwarding to Parseur and data will be extracted automatically.

Automatic layout detection

After you create a template, each time Parseur receives an email in the mailbox, it will automatically detect the layout and extract data from it. If you have more than one template in your mailbox, Parseur has machine learning capabilities that enable it to pick the right template each time.

What that means is that you can forward all your emails from several sources in a single mailbox, create a template for each source and you're set! You won't need to create one mailbox per source and set up specific email forwarding rules like in Parserr. Neither will you need to tell Parseur which template to use, it is all automatic!

Extract tables from emails smoothly

You can easily create a table field by just highlighting the table and creating the columns in just a few clicks. Invoices, for example usually contain tables to display the items, quantities, and prices. Parseur can extract tabular data and repetitive blocks from each invoice instantly.

Accurate HTML email parsing

Imagine seeing your emails in Parseur the same way they show up in your personal inbox? Yes, Parseur receives your emails in their original format; with tables, images, and text---the same layout and formatting. Parseur is compatible with all email providers (Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo).

This streamlines the data extraction process for you as you can better identify the data you want to extract.

API and integration with thousands of applications

Powerful PDF parser and OCR software

In case you need to extract data from PDFs, then you have the right tool at hand. With its powerful OCR engine, Parseur easily extracts text and tables from PDFs, including scanned PDFs.

Parseur uses state-of-the-art Zonal OCR and Dynamic OCR to capture all the data in a PDF document. If specific data moves horizontally or vertically in a document, Parseur would still be able to extract it correctly.

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