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Python PIL | ImageGrab.grab() method

  • Difficulty Level : Basic
  • Last Updated : 27 Aug, 2021

PIL is the Python Imaging Library which provides the python interpreter with image editing 
capabilities. The ImageGrab module can be used to copy the contents of the screen or the clipboard to a PIL image memory.
PIL.ImageGrab.grab() method takes a snapshot of the screen. The pixels inside the bounding box are returned as an “RGB” image on Windows or “RGBA” on macOS. If the bounding box is omitted, the entire screen is copied.
 

Syntax: PIL.ImageGrab.grab(bbox=None)

parameters: 
bbox: What region to copy. Default is the entire screen.

Returns: An image

 

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# Importing Image and ImageGrab module from PIL package
from PIL import Image, ImageGrab
   
# creating an image object
im1 = Image.open(r"C:\Users\sadow984\Desktop\download2.JPG")
   
# using the grab method
im2 = ImageGrab.grab(bbox = None)
   
im2.show()

Output: 
 



 

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# Importing Image and ImageGrab module from PIL package
from PIL import Image, ImageGrab
   
# creating an image object
im1 = Image.open(r"C:\Users\sadow984\Desktop\download2.JPG")
   
# using the grab method
im2 = ImageGrab.grab(bbox =(0, 0, 300, 300))
   
im2.show()

Output: 
 

Different values of bbox can be used for different screen sizes.
 




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