What is a Phantom & how to choose one

Here's a Beginner's Guide to get you up and running with PhantomBuster! This guide will help you understand what Phantoms are and how to choose the right one for your needs. So let's get started!

The first and most important question is of course: What is a Phantom?

Overview

- What is a Phantom?

- Selecting a Phantom

- Knowing which type of input/output for each Phantom

- Setting up your Phantom

- Accessing your Phantom's console page

- Deleting a Phantom

What is a Phantom? 

A Phantom is a tool that carries out a simple automated action for you.

It takes an input, processes an action or scrapes information, and gives you an output results file consisting of data or a summary of what it has done.

Phantoms are available for many networks/social media platforms (as we'll talk about later in the networks & rate limits section of this guide). In fact, you will often find Phantoms performing the same kind of action for each network:

  • [Network] Search Export: Exports search results,
  • [Network] Profile Scraper: Scrapes profile data,
  • [Network] Auto Commenter: Posts comments on posts,
  • [Network] Auto Liker: Likes posts,
  • [Network] Auto Follow: Follows people or accounts.

Selecting a Phantom

To start using PhantomBuster, you’ll have to check out the Phantom Store and select the Phantom you’re interested in:

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When you click on “Use this Phantom”, you’ll be asked to set it up. Don’t worry if you’re not at ease during this step, you’ll be able to update those settings later. 

You can use as many Phantoms as your subscription plan allows. You can also use multiple versions of the same Phantom. 

Knowing which type of input/output for each Phantom

Every Phantom in our store specifies which input it requires within the What you give“ section, and which output it will give you within the What you get section. This information will be helpful to be sure that you provide your Phantom with the right type of input. You can simply click on each box to see all the values:

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Setting up your Phantom

Every Phantom in our store comes with a tutorial! To access it, simply click on the Tutorial section: 

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Accessing your Phantom's console page

Phantoms you’ve selected are stored in the Dashboard section of your account. From there, you can access each Phantom’s console page (shown below) to manually launch it, edit its setup, or find and download its results files:

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Deleting a Phantom

You can delete a Phantom if you don’t have any remaining slots in your current plan - just note that when you do so you’ll lose access to all the documents and data collected by the Phantom if you haven't download it beforehand.

 

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