get_screenshot_as_file driver method – Selenium Python

Selenium’s Python Module is built to perform automated testing with Python. Selenium Python bindings provide a simple API to write functional/acceptance tests using Selenium WebDriver. To open a webpage using Selenium Python, checkout – Navigating links using get method – Selenium Python. Just being able to go to places isn’t terribly useful. What we’d really like to do is to interact with the pages, or, more specifically, the HTML elements within a page. There are multiple strategies to find an element using Selenium, checkout – Locating Strategies. Selenium WebDriver offers various useful methods to control the session, or in other words, browser. For example, adding a cookie, pressing back button, navigating among tabs, etc.

This article revolves around get_screenshot_as_file driver method in Selenium. get_screenshot_as_file method saves a screenshot of the current window to a PNG image file. It returns False if there is any IOError, else returns True.

Syntax –

driver.get_screenshot_as_file("filename.png")

Example –
Now one can use get_screenshot_as_file method as a driver method as below –

driver.get("https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/")
driver.get_screenshot_as_file("foo.png")

How to use get_screenshot_as_file driver method in Selenium Python ?

To demonstrate, get_screenshot_as_file method of WebDriver in Selenium Python. Let’ s visit https://www.geeksforgeeks.org/ and operate on driver object. Let’s get screenshot,

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# import webdriver
from selenium import webdriver
  
# create webdriver object
driver = webdriver.Firefox()
  
# get geeksforgeeks.org
  
  
# get Screenshot
print(driver.get_screenshot_as_file("foo.png"))

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