A command-line utility for taking automated screenshots of websites
For background on this project see shot-scraper: automated screenshots for documentation, built on Playwright.
- Full documentation for shot-scraper
- Tutorial: Automating screenshots for the Datasette documentation using shot-scraper
- Release notes
To get started without installing any software, use the shot-scraper-template template to create your own GitHub repository which takes screenshots of a page using
shot-scraper. See Instantly create a GitHub repository to take screenshots of a web page for details.
You can install the
shot-scraper CLI tool using pip:
pip install shot-scraper # Now install the browser it needs: shot-scraper install
You can take a screenshot of a web page like this:
This will create a screenshot in a file called
Many more options are available, see Taking a screenshot for details.
- The shot-scraper-demo repository uses this tool to capture recently spotted owls in El Granada, CA according to this page, and to generate an annotated screenshot illustrating a Datasette feature as described in my blog.
- The Datasette Documentation uses screenshots taken by
shot-scraperrunning in the simonw/datasette-screenshots GitHub repository, described in detail in Automating screenshots for the Datasette documentation using shot-scraper.
- Ben Welsh built @newshomepages, a Twitter bot that uses
shot-scraperand GitHub Actions to take screenshots of news website homepages and publish them to Twitter. The code for that lives in palewire/news-homepages.
- scrape-hacker-news-by-domain uses
- Reuters uses shot-scraper to generate regularly updating data dashboards for email newsletters.