The webshot package makes it easy to take screenshots of web pages from R. It requires an installation of the external program PhantomJS (you may use webshot::install_phantomjs() to install PhantomJS, if you do not want to download the binary and put it in PATH manually).

The main function in this package is webshot(). Below are some examples of taking screenshots of the website

URL <- ""
# Might need a longer delay for all assets to display
webshot(URL, delay = 0.5)

# Clip to the viewport
webshot(URL, cliprect = "viewport")

# Manual clipping rectangle
webshot(URL, cliprect = c(200, 5, 400, 300))

# Using CSS selectors to pick out regions
webshot(URL, selector = ".list-group")

webshot(URL, selector = c("#features", "#installation"))

# Expand selection region
webshot(URL, selector = "#installation", expand = c(10, 50, 0, 50))

# If multiple matches for a given selector, it uses the first match
webshot(URL, selector = "p")

webshot("", selector = "ul.numbers-summary")
## PHANTOM ERROR: CasperError: No element matching selector found: ul.numbers-summary
##  -> phantomjs://platform/casper.js: 1066 (in function getElementBounds)
##  -> phantomjs://code/webshot.js: 158
##  -> undefined: 0 (in function map)
##  -> phantomjs://code/webshot.js: 157 (in function findClipRect)
##  -> phantomjs://code/webshot.js: 107
##  -> phantomjs://platform/casper.js: 1615 (in function runStep)
##  -> phantomjs://platform/casper.js: 406 (in function checkStep)

If you are familiar with JavaScript, you may run some JavaScript code on the page before taking the screenshot. Here is an example of logging into reddit:

# Send commands to eval
webshot("", "reddit-input.png",
  selector = c("#search", "#login_login-main"),
  eval = "casper.then(function() {
    // Check the remember me box'#rem-login-main');
    // Enter username and password
    this.sendKeys('#login_login-main input[type=\"text\"]', 'my_username');
    this.sendKeys('#login_login-main input[type=\"password\"]', 'password');

    // Now click in the search box. This results in a box expanding below'#search input[type=\"text\"]');
    // Wait 500ms

You can also take screenshots of Shiny apps using the appshot() function, e.g.

appdir <- system.file("examples", "01_hello", package="shiny")
appshot(appdir, delay = 3)

There are two functions resize() and shrink() to manipulate images, which require GraphicsMagick (or ImageMagick) and OptiPNG, respectively. A simple example:

# Result can be piped to other commands like resize() and shrink()
webshot("", "r-small.png") %>%
 resize("75%") %>%