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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).

Code samples for Ruby, new library

Aug 4, 2016

Tags: Libraries Ruby

Download code samples for Ruby After adding code samples for Perl, PHP and Python, you can now download and run examples for Ruby on the API Documentation page.

Download and run code samples for Ruby
Code samples from the API documentation

We've updated the Ruby library to version 1.16. You can install it from Rubygem or from our site.

Code samples for Perl, PHP and Python

Jul 30, 2016

Tags: Python Libraries Perl PHP

Download code samples in Perl, PHP and Python We've added code samples in Perl, PHP and Python for all API calls on the API Documentation page. We have also updated the corresponding libraries to 1.16. You can update the Browshot library through your package manager: CPAN, Composer and PyPi.

Download code samples for Perl, PHP or Python
Code samples from the API documentation

If you check the API Documentation page while you are logged in, you an download the code samples and execute them without any change. Your API key has been filled into the code. If you're not logged in, you need to edit the file to enter your API code before executing the script.

Download code samples for Perl, PHP or Python
Code sample from the API documentation

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

This is our new blog 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 to 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.

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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