Announcing cefHtmlSnapshot

A first v0.1 preview of cefHtmlSnapshot is now available at

This is a command-line utility that aims to take image (PNG, JPG) or PDF snapshots of an HTML website or file, and fill in the “void” left by the abandon of Qt webkit tools like phantomjs or wkhtml2pdf. While those old utilities still work, they do not support modern web standards, and any tidbit of ECMA6 will have them stumble.

Precompiled binary is available at

This project is uses the Chromium Embedded Framework, and leverages the excellent work of Salvador Díaz Fau with CEF4Delphi.

My first use case will be the preview snapshots in, hence it comes with the ability to inject Javascript before taking a snapshot and sample script dedicated to busting EU Cookie Law banners.

While there is a bunch of arguments supported, basic usage is intended to be straightforward. You can take a snapshot of this site with

cefHtmlSnapshot --javascript Scripts\cookie-law-buster.js snapshot.jpg

and if you want a PDF version

cefHtmlSnapshot snapshot.pdf

For reference the supported arguments as of v0.1 are

cefHtmlSnapshot.exe url_or_file [-arg1 value1] [-arg2 value2] ... output_file

  -?, -h, --help    This inline documentation
  url_or_file       URL of the website or file to be snapshotted (required)
  output_file       Output file pathname, extension determines format (default snapshot.bmp)

  -w, --width       Width of the snapshot, between 1 and 2048 (default 1024)
  -h, --height      Height of the snapshot, between 1 and 2048 (default 768)
                    When output format is a PDF, this parameter is ignored
  -d, --delay       Delay in milliseconds, between 100 ms and 30 sec (default 1 sec)
  -s, --scale       Scale of the website relative to 96dpi, between 0.1 and 10.0 (default 1.0)
  --quality         Output JPEG quality (1 to 100, default 90)
  --compression     Output PNG compresson level (0 to 9, default 7)

  --cookie          set a cookie, format is CommaText, starting with name=value, then fields
                    url=       cookie url (uses scheme + domain from url parameter by default)
                    domain=    cookie domain (uses domain from url parameter by default)
                    path=      cookie path ("/" by default)
                    secure=    secure flag (0 or 1, by default 1 if url starts with "https:")
                    httponly=  htpOnly flag (0 or 1, by default 0)
  --javascript      Name of a JavaScript file to execute just before taking the snapshot

  --pdf-xxx         PDF output options outlined below
        page-width      page width in microns (default 210000)
        page-height     page height in microns (default 297000)
        margins         sets all margins in points
        margin-top      top margin in points (default 20)
        margin-left     left margin in points (default 20)
        margin-right    right margin in points (default 20)
        margin-bottom   bottom margin in points (default 20)
        landscape       portait (default, 0) or landscape (1)
        backgrounds     enable backgrounds (1) or not (default, 0)