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New Google Chrome 51 browser

Jul 17, 2016

Google Chrome 51 available at Brwoshot We have added Google Chrome 51 to Browshot. Like every new browser version we add, Chrome 51 will be available as a free browser for 1 to 2 weeks. Then, Chrome 51 will be available for all countries (USA, Australia, UK and Germany) as a premium browser. At that time, we will retire the older Chrome version: #72, #282 and #13.

Google Chrome is available as instance_id 26:

This new Chrome version handles all the custom request options, except POST data: custom headers, custom referrer, script injection, etc. It resolves all the stability issues you may have encountered with the old Chrome versions.

We have a new blog!

Jul 17, 2016

We have a new home for our blog! When we started in 2011, we put our blog on Blogger. As Browshot's design evolved, the blog stayed pretty much the same. It was time to move the blog back into the main site.

The move should be seamless. We have redirected all links from http://blog.browshot.com/ to https://browshot.com/blog/. The RSS feed has been redirected too. We have turned off the comments on the blog but we should add them back soon. You can always contact us by e-mail of through the website.

New tool to take screenshots on Windows

May 28, 2016

Tags: Python Libraries Perl Ruby

You can already take screenshots from the command line on Linux and Mac OS X by using the various HTTP libraries like curl, wget and fetch. But there was no equivalent on Windows.

We are making browshot-cmd.exe, a command line tool, available on Windows to take screenshots through Browshot. The full documentation and download link are available on our website.

You can use browshot-cmd.exe to schedule screenshots on Windows.

Custom HTTP headers

May 21, 2016

Tags: API

You can override any HTTP header or add your own custom HTTP headers when loading a web page. We have added a new headers option to the API call screenshot/create and to the simple API. You can change the user agent (User-Agent), the list of accepted languages (Accept-Language), etc.

You can see simple code samples on our website. All versions of the Browshot libraries support additional options such as headers. You can specify multiple HTTP headers separated by a new line (\n or %0a).

Upgrade of all mobile browsers (1/2) - 1/30/2016 & 1/31/2016

Jan 25, 2016

Tags: maintenance

We will upgrade all mobile browsers during the week-end of January 30th, 2016. The upgrade will start on Friday 29th at 8pm and will finish Sunday night at 10pm.

We will upgrade all browsers one after the other. We do not expect any down time or significant slow down while performing the upgrade.

The new version of the mobile browser will greatly improve the web page rendering on both Android and iOS. All mobile browsers will also be available in all countries (US, Germany and Australia).

Update

  • all iPhone 5 instances have been upgraded  
  • all Nexus S instances have been upgraded  
  • all iPhone 4 instances have been upgraded  
  • all Nexus 7 instances have been upgraded   

Other mobile browsers will be upgraded next week-end.

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    Browshot is a web service to create real time web screenshots in a multitude of virtual devices, including mobile devices like the iPhone 3 & 4, iPad, Android Nexus, etc.

    You can use the web dashboard, or our full-featured API.

    • Real time screenshots

    • 15+ mobile devices: iPhone, iPad, Android, etc.

    • 30+ desktop resolutions

    • Fast and reliable

    • Thumbnails of any size, any ratio

    • Full API, open-source libraries