Why Choose
Urlbox vs screenshotlayer?

Screenshotlayer is just one of 13 apilayer APIs. apilayer is one of 24 Idera, Inc. brands. Urlbox is the website screenshot alternative to Screenshotlayer that's focused on doing one thing well.

We’re profitable, privately owned, and in this for the long haul. Since 2012 we’ve generated hundreds of millions of screenshots for companies of all sizes.

Other solutions would fail under load or go offline and you wouldn't be able to reach them as their support was unresponsive. We've chosen Chris and the Urlbox team to be our experts and they provide us—and thus our customers—with accurate & fast screenshots at a terrific price.

Read the full story

There are so many screenshot services out there. They're fine if you're just doing thumbnails, you don't really care about quality or configuration options. It didn't take me long to find holes and hit the limitations of every one I tried. Urlbox has every feature I've ever needed to take great screenshots every time.

Read the full story
Mike Schauer
Mike Schauer // Founder, Swiped.co


New Jersey, United States

Screenshotlayer is part of a portfolio of brands. Urlbox has been focused on screenshots since 2012.

Urlbox's screenshots are considered the most accurate and high quality of any screenshot service.

The Urlbox team sweat the small stuff, ensuring that fonts and emoji's render correctly. They cringe with you at full page website screenshots with repeating scrollbars and ugly horizontal seams. Screenshotlayer struggles to handle newer CSS features such as Flexbox, Grid and slower loading WebGL pages.

Urlbox is the screenshot API of choice for companies big and small.

So what sets Urlbox apart from Screenshotlayer?

Here are six ways Urlbox outperforms Screenshotlayer

A better way to take screenshots.

Retina Images

Render quality high-dpi images that look great on retina screens.

Block Popups

Block annoying pop-ups from getting in the way of your screenshots.

Click Accept

Dismiss cookie banners getting in the way of your screenshots.

Block Ads

Hide ads from taking all the attention in your screenshots.

Bypass Captchas

Automatically attempt to solve and bypass any captchas that are shown.

Bring Your Own Proxy

Use a proxy server to get around sites blocking your screenshots.

It would have been so cumbersome to implement a service of our own to take screenshots. Urlbox's API is so straight forward and the live preview is cool. I can play around with the parameters and see it do what I need it to do.

Read the full story
Matthias Wagner
Matthias Wagner // CEO, Flux


California, United States

Screenshotlayer's experience looks and feels dated.

Urlbox keeps their dashboard and documentation fresh.

Choose your render mode

With Urlbox you can preview all available API options and check API usage on modern dashboard.

With Screenshotlayer you'll feel like you've stepped into a computer history museum.

Screenshot API render mode

More output formats

With Urlbox you can render screenshots as PNG, JPEG, WEBP, AVIF, SVG, PDF and even HTML.

With Screenshotlayer you can render in PNG, JPEG or... GIF.

Output format

Delay settings

With Urlbox you can ensure a screenshot is only taken when a certain element is either in the DOM, or has left the DOM. Very useful if a web page has lazy loading and you want to make sure spinners are gone before generating a screenshot. You can also set a time delay in milliseconds.

With Screenshotlayer you can wait (whole) seconds only.

Delayed screenshot API

Request options

With Urlbox you have all the power you need to set headers, proxies and user agents. You can even fail an API request if certain elements are present or not-present in the DOM. That means they won't count against your monthly quota!

With Screenshotlayer you pay for just 13 options... regardless of whether or not they actually work.

Output format

Exceptional support

Sadly, you'll hear many complaints about the level of support from Screenshotlayer and parent brands apilayer and Idera. With millions of users they're too big to care.

You can see for yourself on various forums such as Twitter. Priority support really does mean priority support at Urlbox.

With Urlbox you'll rarely have to wait for a whole business day - usually they'll get back to you within the hour!


I love the support Urlbox provide. Normally when I have a new feature request like WebP images or blocking cookie popups, I email support and get a response saying it's already possible - within minutes.

Read the full story
Rutger Tolenaar
Rutger Tolenaar // Founder, ReviewTycoon


Oegstgeest, the Netherlands

Urlbox's support of emojis was a big signal that it could replace our own service. It was a simple replacement - a real success story for us.

Read the full story
Jānis Peisenieks
Jānis Peisenieks // Head of Engineering, Whimsical


Riga, Latvia

In this for the long haul

Look up Urlbox's founder, Chris Roebuck, on LinkedIn.

While Urlbox is small and scrappy you'll see he's been full-time on the business for over 5 years. Urlbox is proudly profitable. They plan to be in the screenshots business for the long term.

Too many customers have learned the hard way that the alternatives, including Screenshotlayer, seem like neglected side projects.

It's easy to switch from Screenshotlayer

Many of the options Screenshotlayer has are named the same with Urlbox. The only difference is in how you would generate the token; with Screenshotlayer you use the md5 hash, Urlbox use the hmac-sha1 method. So what are you waiting for?

Ready to start taking better screenshots?

Start your free trial now