AWS S3 Bucket Screenshot Upload

Utilize the Screenshot API to seamlessly capture website screenshots and upload them directly to your AWS S3 bucket. Automate the process of capturing large volumes of screenshots from multiple URLs, sitemaps, text files, or an entire domain with a single API call. Save time and streamline your workflow by having all your screenshots automatically uploaded to your S3 bucket. This efficient process helps you stay organized, keeping all your website screenshots in one secure, easily accessible location. With AWS S3, your screenshots are securely stored and readily available whenever you need them. Capture and upload website screenshots to your AWS S3 bucket effortlessly using the Screenshot API.

How to Upload Images to Your S3 Bucket

The following parameters are available when uploading screenshots to your S3 bucket:
Parameter Required Description
s3 Required The name of the bucket
Write objects access must be granted to the Add Screenshots AWS account in order to upload screenshots.
List object access (optional) is required if you'd like to compare screenshots and track screenshot changes over time.
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public Optional Add the "public-read" (see AWS ACL permissions) to the image.
The default is false (no public access).
metadata Optional Add descriptive metadata properties to the screenshot.
file Optional The name or pattern for the file without the extension.
The default is a unique identifier (see pattern examples).
folder Optional The folder name or pattern for the file (see pattern examples).
html Optional When set to true, the HTML markup will be uploaded too.

How to Grant Add Screenshots Access to Your S3 Bucket

Write objects access is required to allow the Add Screenshots account to upload screenshots to your S3 bucket.

List objects access is required to read images when using the screenshot comparison feature to track changes over time.

Access can be revoked at any time.

  1. Log in to your AWS account.
  2. Click on the S3 bucket name or click "Create bucket" to create a bucket to store the screenshots. Search for S3
  3. Click on the Bucket Name > Permissions (Tab) > Access Control List.
  4. Click on the "Add account" button under the "Access for other AWS accounts" heading. Add Screenshots Write Access to S3
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    • Write objects: Yes (checked)
To use the screenshot comparison feature, List objects access is also required as shown below. Add Screenshots Write Access to S3

Upload a Single Screenshot to S3 (real-time GET request)

The example below demonstrates how to capture a real-time website screenshot and store the image in an S3 bucket "my-demo-screenshots" in the "images" folder with the file name "website.png". The optional &html=true parameter will also upload the "website.html" file to the S3 bucket.

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Your API key can be found on the API Keys page. Need an API Key? Sign up to get started.
For internal applications, replace YOUR_API_KEY with your own unique API Key.
For public facing websites or hotlinks, generate a signed URL.

The API response will include a link to the screenshot in your S3 bucket as shown below:

  "success": true,
  "message": "Screenshots completed.",
  "storage_provider": "s3",
  "images": [
      "file": "website.png",
      "request_url": "",
      "page_url": "",
      "image_url": "",
      "html_url": "",
      "size": 1622727

Uploading Multiple Screenshots to S3 (POST request)

The example below demonstrates how to capture multiple screenshots using a POST request and upload the images to an S3 bucket "my-demo-screenshots", where the screenshots are stored in the folder {domain} (pattern) with the filename {filepath} (pattern).


  "urls": [
  "s3": "my-demo-screenshots",
  "file": "{filepath}",
  "folder": "{domain}",
  "quality": "80"

The API response will include the number of screenshots as shown below:

  "message": "The screenshots are being processed.",
  "jobId": "536b69dbefa240d493330ae5de1c0d46",
  "screenshots": 7

Look for the Job ID on the Usage Logs page to track the request.

The folders and file names as they appear in S3 storage: Screenshot Images in S3

How to View Screenshot Metadata

Additional metadata will be written to the screenshot image when the "metadata" parameter is set to true.

To view the metadata, click on the image in the S3 bucket, click on the "Properties" tab and select "Metadata" as shown below. Screenshot Metadata in S3

The metadata may contain information such as:

  • website_status - the status response from the website such as 200
  • url - request URL entered such as
  • page_url - page URL after browser redirection as
  • page_loadtime_ms - page load time in milliseconds
  • Compression Enabled (e.g. &quality=80)
    • image_size_kb_before_compression - the original size of the screenshot before compression such as 29 KB
    • image_size_kb_after_compression - the size of the screenshot after compression such as 8 KB
    • image_size_compressed_percentage - the compression optimization / saving such as 72%

Public vs Private Screenshot Access

When the "public" access option is set to true, anyone can access the screenshot from your S3 bucket if they know the URL.

The "Block all public access" permission must be set to Off when using the public=true parameter to avoid an "Access Denied" error.

Screenshots with public access to S3