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How to take screenshot of url with PHP

How to take screenshot of url with PHP

Here is an example and source code of how to take screenshot of url with php. I have taken this code from one of my projects. It is also able to handle https and optionally, follow through with redirects. Requirements : -PhantomJS standalone executable(.exe) -PHP library for phantomjs Setup :
  1. Follow the installation for PHP PhantomJS here
  2. Set the path to your phantomjs executable file in the code
    Note : You may have to rename /bin/phantomjs to /bin/phantomjs.exe
Additional features : – customize width/height of screenshot – support http and https – follow redirects  
require 'vendor/autoload.php';

use JonnyW\PhantomJs\Client;

function get_redirect_url($url)
	$ch = curl_init();
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_URL, $url);
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_HEADER, true);
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_FOLLOWLOCATION, true); // Set to true to make curl follow the url
	curl_setopt($ch, CURLOPT_RETURNTRANSFER, true);
	$a = curl_exec($ch); 
	$url = curl_getinfo($ch, CURLINFO_EFFECTIVE_URL); // This gets the last location/url after all the redirection has been followed through

	return $url;
function get_http_response_code($url)
	$ch = curl_init($url);
	$code = curl_getinfo($ch, CURLINFO_HTTP_CODE);
	return $code;
function is_redirect($url) 
	$code = get_http_response_code($url);
	if (($code == 301) || ($code == 302)) {
		return true;
	return false;

function screenshot($width, $height, $url, $filePath="file.jpg", $followRedirect=false)
        $path = pathinfo($filePath);
        $directory = $path['dirname'];

	if( $followRedirect && is_redirect($url) ) 
		$redirectedUrl = get_redirect_url($url);
		echo "{$url} redirects to {$redirectedUrl} <br/>";
		$url = $redirectedUrl;

	// Ensure the path is writable to PhantomJS/PHP
	if( !is_writable($filePath) )
		//echo "$directory of $filePath is not writable. Chmod-ing <br />";
		//return false;

	$client = Client::getInstance();
	// HTTPS support

	$width  = $width ? $width : 1280;  // Note : Specifying a 800x600 may be too small and result in @media css determining
	$height = $height ? $height : 800; // it to be a mobile instead of desktop. Generally a 1280x800 should be good.
	$top    = 0;
	$left   = 0;

	//@see JonnyW\PhantomJs\Http\CaptureRequest
	$request = $client->getMessageFactory()->createCaptureRequest($url, "GET"); //('', 'GET');
	$request->setViewportSize($width, $height);
	$request->setCaptureDimensions($width, $height, $top, $left);
	$request->setDelay(3); // Depends on how long it takes for the webpage to fully load. this vs setTimeout(x) ?
	$request->setTimeout(1000); // Not sure the diff between setDelay and setTimeout though...

	//@see JonnyW\PhantomJs\Http\Response 
	$response = $client->getMessageFactory()->createResponse();

	// Send the request
	$client->send($request, $response);
	return file_exists($filePath); // Check if screenshot exists
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