11 Screenshot API alternatives to Urlbox

Why we think Urlbox is the best screenshot API

We captured a website screenshot of urlbox in 11 alternative screenshot APIs to compare their accuracy.

The urlbox front page uses:

  • multiple webfonts
  • flexbox css for layout
  • lazy loading images (they load only when they come into the viewport)
  • 3d transforms
  • overflow containers

This makes the urlbox frontpage a good candidate to test how well other screenshot services deal with these features.

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All screenshots taken with viewport set to 1280px wide (if supported) and full-page mode set to true

Urlbox

urlbox.io

How it should look

Web fonts

Flexbox

Lazy load

3d transforms

Scrollbars hidden

URL2PNG

url2png.com

Scrollbar is showing on the first overflow container underneath "As simple as". Some other issues with borders and padding.

Web fonts

Flexbox

Lazy load

3d transforms

Scrollbars visible

screenshotlayer

screenshotlayer.com

Apart from fonts, this screenshot doesnt look so much like the website

Web fonts

Flexbox

Lazy load

3d transforms

Scrollbars visible

browshot

browshot.com

Fonts are almost there, but a closer inspection shows kerning to be off

Web fonts

Flexbox

Lazy load

3d transforms

Scrollbars hidden

shrinktheweb

shrinktheweb.com

Ugly scrollbars, grey borders appearing where they shouldn't and low quality, fuzzy jpg image compression let this screenshot down

Web fonts

Flexbox

Lazy load

3d transforms

Scrollbars visible

page2images

page2images.com

Apart from fonts, this screenshot doesnt look so much like the website

Web fonts

Flexbox

Lazy load

3d transforms

Scrollbars visible

screenshotmachine

screenshotmachine.com

System error. Could not get it to render

Web fonts

Flexbox

Lazy load

3d transforms

Scrollbars visible

linkpeek

linkpeek.com

Not great

Web fonts

Flexbox

Lazy load

3d transforms

Scrollbars visible

pagelr

pagelr.com

Fonts look quite good, shame about the rest.

Web fonts

Flexbox

Lazy load

3d transforms

Scrollbars visible

restpack

restpack.io/screenshot

Prettier scrollbars than most, but they shouldnt be visible.

Web fonts

Flexbox

Lazy load

3d transforms

Scrollbars visible

sitesnapr

sitesnapr.com

At least the scrollbars are not visible

Web fonts

Flexbox

Lazy load

3d transforms

Scrollbars hidden

web-capture.net

web-capture.net

Yikes

Web fonts

Flexbox

Lazy load

3d transforms

Scrollbars visible