I am currently running a crawl of the internet using Nutch. This requires a list of URLs to start as a seed. I currently have a 500k url seed.

But I am looking for any open data sources to provide good starting seeds for web crawls.

  • What are your requirements for the seed? Are you interested in a specific area of the web? – Patrick Hoefler Jun 24 '13 at 19:03
  • Spcific top would be "places" And that other question was mine. This question is different as I am looking for a Seed list, and not a crawl dump. – Dan Ciborowski - MSFT Jun 24 '13 at 19:21

You can download the top 1 million (ZIP) sites from Alexa.


You may want to check out the Common Crawl dataset: http://commoncrawl.org/

It's hosted on Amazon s3 as HDFS with a 'pay as you access' model.

  • thanks for the comment. But I am using the seed to create my own web crawl because common crawl coverage is not great. – Dan Ciborowski - MSFT Jul 1 '13 at 13:52

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