HTML to Image - Command Line Guide

This page is a guide on using Pdfcrowd API to capture web pages and HTML content to image screenshots from the command line. For general information about the converter, refer to the HTML to Image API documentation.


You can install the application from PyPI
pip install pdfcrowd

Check out other installation options.

Quick Start

Below are Command Line examples to help you quickly get started with the API. Explore our additional examples for more insights.


To access the API, you will need to use your Pdfcrowd username and API key. For initial testing, you may use the following demo credentials without registering:

  • Username: demo
  • API key: ce544b6ea52a5621fb9d55f8b542d14d

To obtain your personal API credentials, consider starting a free API trial or purchasing the API license.

API Output Preview

Quickly preview the API output by entering a URL or uploading an HTML file below. This will generate previews with different API settings. You can then choose the one you prefer and simply use the respective command.

Below are sample images generated by the API.


The API supports converting a webpage, an HTML file, or a string containing HTML.

The table below highlights the most common customizations you might find useful. Refer to the Option Reference for a detailed description of all available options. For an interactive experience, explore these options in the API Playground.

For additional customization options and troubleshooting, please visit the FAQ section of our website where you can find answers and help related to frequent queries and common issues.

Image size Customize the dimensions of the captured images using the -screenshot_width and -screenshot_height.
Image format Change the ouput image format using -output_format.
Hide or Remove Contents Utilize the following classes in your HTML code to hide or remove elements from the output:
  • `pdfcrowd-remove`: This class applies `display:none!important` to the element, effectively removing it from the layout.
  • `pdfcrowd-hide`: This class applies `visibility:hidden!important` to the element, making it invisible but still occupying space in the layout.
For additional methods and detailed explanations, refer to this FAQ article.
Custom CSS Styling To customize CSS styling specifically for the conversion, use -custom_css to inject additional styles.

Alternatively, you can directly incorporate conversion-specific styling into your main stylesheet. Just prefix your CSS selectors with `.pdfcrowd-body` to ensure the styles apply only during the conversion process. For example:
.pdfcrowd-body h1 { font-size: 48px; }
.pdfcrowd-body footer { display: none; }
Use `@media print` Activate the print version of a webpage (if available) using -use_print_media. This function instructs the API to apply the CSS rules defined within the `@media print` stylesheet, ensuring the output mirrors the print-optimized version of the webpage.
Inject Custom JavaScript Utilize -custom_javascript or -on_load_javascript to modify HTML content using custom JavaScript scripts. These scripts run when the page loads, allowing you to dynamically alter elements, styles, or behavior. In addition to the standard browser JavaScript APIs, your scripts can leverage helper functions provided by our JavaScript library.
HTML Templates Add data to your HTML templates for dynamic generation tailored to specific content needs. For details, refer to HTML Template to Image.


  • If you are receiving an error, refer to the API Status Codes for more information.
  • Utilize -debug-log to obtain detailed information about the conversion process, including load errors, load times, browser console output, etc.
  • Consult the FAQ for answers to common questions.
  • The maximum size for any created image is 65 megapixels. Images exceeding this size are cropped vertically to meet this limit.
  • Contact us if you need assistance or if there is a feature you are missing.

User Manual

Refer to the HTML to Image Command Line Reference Manual for a description of all command line options.