Website screenshot tools

7   ~ Type posted 10 Dec 2012 by unlikekinds  

These tools generate images of given websites.

They often provide APIs so websites can automatically generate images of pages they link to in order to display a thumbnail to their users.

If you're after an example, this site uses one of these tools. See below.

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A premium webshot service, no free tiers but good fast rendering for a low price
Seems actively maintained: Yes
Free usage available: No
API available: Yes
Professional premium thumbnailer. Free plans available either with a watermark or not.
Seems actively maintained: Yes
Free usage available: Yes
API available: Yes
Early stages so currently just plain free - not as fast as the premium services
Seems actively maintained: Yes
Free usage available: Yes
API available: Yes
Seems a bit run down but still gets you a render
Seems actively maintained: Yes
Free usage available: Yes
API available: Yes
Seems functional, but not actively maintained.
Seems actively maintained: No
Free usage available: Yes
API available: Yes
Very retro, but still has an active community and blog as of 2012
Seems actively maintained: Yes
Free usage available: Yes
API available: Yes
Does what it says on the box. Choose from a credits-based system or a dedicated box.
Seems actively maintained: No
Free usage available: Yes
API available: Yes
Not updated for the last couple of years. Non-functional demo. Possibly making unsubstantiated claims about who is using their service.
Seems actively maintained: No
Free usage available: Yes
API available: No
Fairly unstable service
Seems actively maintained: No
Free usage available: Yes
API available: No
Not updated particularly often but still works as of 2012
Seems actively maintained: No
Free usage available: Yes
API available: Yes
A free service for retrieving an image thumbnail for any given website. It appears to be functional, even if their website might lead you to think otherwise. It's in French too, but you can find your way around.
Seems actively maintained: No
Free usage available: Yes
API available: No

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url2png is used on unlike kinds
by derp - almost 6 years
1
url2png is brilliant, PagePeeker is pretty good too, the best out of these for free. Almost all the rest are.... lacking.
by rushton - almost 6 years
0
It's like they came from a dark time of shit websites
by ketsuno - almost 6 years