Scrape data from Wikipedia to a Google sheet

Do you ever have Wikipedia data you need in a spreadsheet?

Using Google Sheets you don't have to copy and paste. Instead, use the ImportHTML function in Google Sheets and get the data from Wikipedia.

Scraping data can save you tons of time. Copy and paste aren't always easy from a web page into a spreadsheet. Google sheets has a function that will pull a Wikipedia table into the worksheet.

The function is ImportHTML

Here is a sample of the function below.

Here is the Wikipedia web page. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_population_(United_Nations)

There are multiple tables on the webpage.

Some of the tables do not look like tables. Google Sheets icon

Open Google Sheets and put in the function below.

You copy and paste the URL information from Google. Notice the URL and the word table have quotes around them. The number 2 means table number 2.

=ImportHtml("https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_population_(United_Nations)", "table", 2)    

Chris Menard

Chris trains corporate clients in Microsoft Office Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook. When he's not training, he blogs about technology and creates training videos on YouTube. Chris currently has over 240 technology videos available, most of which have been created following questions asked during Microsoft Office training sessions.

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