Chain Phantoms together

Individual Phantoms bring valuable data when used separately. But chained together, the sky is the limit. When you chain Phantoms, you use the output results of one Phantom as the input for another Phantom, essentially connecting them together to create an automation sequence. So how do you create workflows by using the output of a Phantom as the input for another one?

Chain Phantoms using the "My Phantoms" feature

This method of chaining is compatible with Phantoms using our new setup. For Phantoms that still use the older setup version, see the Chain your Phantoms manually section below.

 

 

1. Launch Phantom 1

After you make the first successful launch of a Phantom, you'll notice a new "Files" section to the right of its console page, where you'll find the spreadsheet containing the data you scraped:

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2. Use Phantom 1's output as Phantom 2's input

Now let's go to the setup of the second Phantom you're interested in. On the "Profiles to scrape" step, you'll see a "My Phantoms" option. Beneath will be a dropdown menu with a list of the compatible Phantoms on your Dashboard. Here you should select the Phantom whose results spreadsheet you would like to use as input for the current Phantom:

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For example, if you've used LinkedIn Search Export and now want to scrape the profiles you exported for LinkedIn Profile Scraper, you should select LinkedIn Search Export from the dropdown list.

Once you've filled in and saved the rest of your settings, you're good to go - congrats, they’re chained! When you launch Phantom 2, it will process all of the data you've collected from Phantom 1. And, even better; as this first Phantom continues to collect new data and update the CSV in question, the second Phantom will have access to it all dynamically. You can take a look at our article on setting up repeated launches to make the most of this feature.

Well done. Have fun chaining Phantoms!

 

Chain your Phantoms manually

You may have noticed that a few Phantoms don't have the setup as displayed above. Not to worry! You can chain these together the old-fashioned way.

 

 

1. Launch Phantom 1

After you make the first successful launch of a Phantom, you'll notice a new "Files" section to the right of its console page, where you'll find the spreadsheet containing the data you scraped. Here you should click on "Copy link":

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2. Use Phantom 1's output as Phantom 2's input

Now let's go to the setup of the second Phantom you're interested in. Where you're asked to input a spreadsheet URL, you should paste the URL of the results spreadsheet you just copied from Phantom 1

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Once you've filled in and saved the rest of your settings, you're good to go - congrats, they’re chained! When you launch Phantom 2, it will process all of the data you've collected from Phantom 1. And, even better; as this first Phantom continues to collect new data and update the CSV in question, the second Phantom will have access to it all dynamically. You can take a look at our article on setting up repeated launches to make the most of this feature.

Well done. Have fun chaining Phantoms!

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