Operated by ByteDance. Last seen today.

What is Bytespider?


Bytespider is a web crawler operated by ByteDance, the Chinese owner of TikTok. It's allegedly used to download training data for its LLMs (Large Language Model) including those powering ChatGPT competitor Doubao.


AI Data Scraper
Downloads web content to train AI models

Expected Behavior

It's generally unclear how AI Data Scrapers choose which websites to crawl and how often to crawl them. They might choose to visits websites with a higher information density more frequently, depending on the type of AI models they're training. For example, it would make sense that an agent training an LLM (Large Language Model) would favor sites with a lot of regularly updating text content.

Access Control

Using Robots.txt

User Agent Token Description
Bytespider Should match instances of Bytespider

You can block Bytespider or limit its access by setting user agent token rules in your website's robots.txt.

# robots.txt
# This blocks Bytespider

User-agent: Bytespider
Disallow: /

Instead of doing this manually, you can generate your robots.txt automatically using the free API or Wordpress plugin.

Get the Robots.txt


Other Websites

of top websites are currently blocking Bytespider in some way
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