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Removal of Internet Explorer instances

Mar 11, 2017

Removal of Interent Explorer instances We started offering Internet Explorer instances in June 2014. Almost 3 years later, less than 0.01% of the screenshots have been done one of the 4 Internet Explorer instances we have available.

We think it is better to focus our efforts and resources on the Chrome and Firefox desktop browsers, as well as the Android and iPhone mobile instances.

We will hide the Internet Explorer instances from the dashboard in the next 2 weeks. They will still be available through the API. The instances will be completely removed by April 16th.

Please contact us if you have any concern.

Updates for January 2017

Feb 4, 2017

Tags: API

Service updates in January 2017 Here are some of the updates to Browshot we rolled out in January 2017:


We have moved all static content to It is powered by the Amazon CloudFront CDN, replacing our previous Microsoft CDN. Some users were having issues with the previous DNS. We noticed better performances with the new CDN, especially in Asia

Swagger specifications

You can download the browshot API specifications in Swagger format. This allows you to create a library in pretty much any language.

Firefox upgrade to 45.4.0

Nov 5, 2016

Tags: maintenance

We are upgrading Firefox to version 45.4.0. About half of the browsers have been upgraded, the rest will be upgraded as they restart during the week.

Updates for September

Aug 25, 2016

Tags: API

Chrome 51 now available Here are some of the updates to Browshot we rolled out in September:

Chrome 51

We've upgraded all Chrome instances to Chrome 51 browser. We are seeing much faster and better screenshots. The errors we were seeing with the old versions are gone.

Core server in the US

We are rolling out a new core server in the US to follow our higher demand of US instances. This new server will allow us faster screenshots in the USA.

Faster API

We've made significant performance improvements for the API calls that return a list of screenshots or instances: screenshot/list, instance/list. Internal APIs have been improved to shorten the processing of all screenshots.

Other bug fixes and improvements

Feedback: using the feedback form could result in an error (but the message was sent correctly).

Dashboard: retrieving the list of shared screenshots got faster.

Firefox: use a white background instead of black when taking screenshots of images.

Updates for August

Aug 25, 2016

Tags: API

Updates in August 2016 We keep tuning and updating Browshot every week but we typically announce only the big changes. We'll try to keep you up to date on the smaller improvements we have made. Here are some of the updates we deployed in August:

Internet Explorer settings

We've relaxed the security settings for Internet Explorer 11, 10 and 9. The previous settings were stricter than the typically user settings, resulting in some pages to not being displayed correctly.

Custom headers for S3

You can now specify any custom header to screenshots uploaded to S3, such as the Cache-Control. use the new hosting_headers (screenshot/create) and headers (screenshot/host) options from the API.

Chrome 51

We've made a number of improvements to the new Chrome 51 browser. The beta period has been taking longer than expected. We now plan to move it as the only Chrome version around September 15th.

Form authentication

This is not a new feature but a demonstration of the power of the Browshot service. Recently, one of our customers wanted to take a screenshot of a page behind a login and password. Because this login page uses CSRF protection, a simple POST request could not work. The solution was to inject a Javascript that fills out the form and submit it. Simple and powerful!

Other bug fixes and improvements

Batch: a batch in finished state did not always have a list of URLs to download the archive.

Batch: handle non-ASCII URLs (accents, UTF-8, etc.).

Full page screenshots: a longer delay value will help with lazy-loading of images and Google Map by scrolling the page up and down more slowly.

Full page screenshots: force lazy-loading of images.

Firefox: better isolation between concurrent screenshots, especially cookies.

Notifications: send a reminder one week before the automated payment for monthly subscriptions (special projects, private instances, private servers).

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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