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Browshot.php

The source code is available on gitbub. You can get the latest version on on Packagist or you can download version 1.14.3 from our website.

Requirements: PHP 5.1.6 or above, PHPUnit 3.3.5 or above (to run unit tests)

Composer

You can use composer to set up Browshot:

composer require browshot-php/browshot=dev-master

This will create a vendor folder with the Browshot library and its dependencies. In your PHP file, you cal then laod the PHP library:

require 'vendor/autoload.php';

If you don't want to use Composer, you can incldue the Browshot library direclty into yuour PHP file:

require_once 'Browshot.php';

Here are a couple of basic code samples. You can find more code samples for each API call on the API Documentation page.

Download a screenshot (simple API)

<?php

#######################
# WARNING
# Running this code sample will cost you Browshot credits
#######################

require 'vendor/autoload.php'; # Composer
# require_once 'Browshot.php'; # or download Browshot.php

$browshot = new Browshot('my_api_key');


$data = $browshot->simple(array('url' => 'http://mobilito.net/', 'cache' => 60 * 60 * 24 * 365, 'instance_id' => 12)); # 1 year cache, free screenshot
# code above is blocking, it will return when the screenshot finished or failed

if ($data['code'] == 200) { # sucess
	$fp = fopen("screenshot.png", 'w');
	fwrite($fp, $data['image']);
	fclose($fp);

	echo "Screenshot saved to screenshot.png\n";
}
else {
	echo "Screenshot failed!\n";
	# the reason for the error is sent as part of the HTTP response in the X-Error header but it is not exposed by this library
}

# quicker way to save a screenshot
$info = $browshot->simple_file("mobilito.png", array('url' => 'http://mobilito.net/', 'cache' => 0, 'instance_id' => 65, 'screen_width' => 1280, 'screen_height' => 1024)); # no cache, premium browser
if ($info['file'] != '') {
	echo sprintf("Screenshot saved to %s\n", $info['file']);
}
else {
	echo "The screenshot failed\n";
}

?>

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Download a screenshot (full API)

<?php

#######################
# WARNING
# Running this code sample will cost you Browshot credits
#######################

require 'vendor/autoload.php'; # Composer
# require_once 'Browshot.php'; # or download Browshot.php

$browshot = new Browshot('my_api_key');

$screenshot = $browshot->screenshot_create(array('url' => 'http://www.google.com/', 'instance_id' => 12, 'size' => 'page')); # all default parameters, instance_id = 12 (free)
# If the screenshot is already in cache, it could be finished already. Otherwise, wait longer
while ($screenshot->{'status'} != 'finished' &&  $screenshot->{'status'} != 'error') {
	echo "Wait...\n";
	sleep(10);
	$screenshot = $browshot->screenshot_info($screenshot->{'id'});
}

# screenshot is done: finished (sucessful) or error (failed)
if ($screenshot->{'status'} == 'error') {
	echo "Screenshot failed: " . $screenshot->{'error'} . "\n"; # display the reason for the error
}
else { # request the thumbnail
	$image = $browshot->screenshot_thumbnail($screenshot->{'id'});
	
	# save the screenshot
	$fp = fopen("browshot.png", 'w');
	fwrite($fp, $image);
	fclose($fp);
}

?>

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Download a 640x480 thumbnail (simple API)

<?php

#######################
# WARNING
# Running this code sample will cost you Browshot credits
#######################

require 'vendor/autoload.php'; # Composer
# require_once 'Browshot.php'; # or download Browshot.php

$browshot = new Browshot('my_api_key');

$info = $browshot->simple_file('google-640.png', array('url' => 'http://www.google.com/', 'width' => 640, 'height' => 480));

if ($info['file'] == '' || $info['code'] != 200) {
  echo "Screenshot failed\n";
}
else {
  echo sprintf("Thumbnail saved at %s\n", $info['file']);
}

?>

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Download a 640x480 thumbnail (full API)

<?php

require 'vendor/autoload.php'; # Composer
# require_once 'Browshot.php'; # or download Browshot.php

$screenshot = $browshot->screenshot_create(array('url' => 'http://www.google.com/', 'instance_id' => 12, 'size' => 'screen')); # all default paramters, instance_id = 12 (free)

# If the screenshot is already in cache, it could be finished already. Otherwise, wait longer
while ($screenshot->{'status'} != 'finished' &&  $screenshot->{'status'} != 'error') {
	echo "Wait...\n";
	sleep(10);
	$screenshot = $browshot->screenshot_info($screenshot->{'id'});
}

# screenshot is done: finished (sucessful) or error (failed)
if ($screenshot->{'status'} == 'error') {
	echo "Screenshot failed: " . $screenshot->{'error'} . "\n"; # display the reason for the error
}
else { # request the thumbnail
	$browshot->screenshot_thumbnail_file($screenshot->{'id'},'/tmp/google-640.png', array('width' => 640, 'height' => 480));
	echo "Screenshot was saved to /tmp/google-640.png\n";
}

?>

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