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How to take a screenshot of a page in the Wayback Machine

Using Playwright to take screenshots and adding some custom styles gets a screenshot of a page without the Wayback Machine overlay.

As part of my daily screenshots project, I wanted to get screenshots of all the versions of my site that are saved in the Wayback Machine.

I found an article on ScrapingBee which explains how to take screenshots using Playwright, but if you run it against a Wayback Machine URL, you get their little overlay that gives you information about the captures:

Top of a page saved by the Wayback Machine. There's a white panel which sits above the page, which tells you a bit about the Wayback Machine captures – when the page was saved, how many times it’s been saved, and so on.

I wanted to remove that overlay in my screenshots. I could crop it out after the fact, but it casts a small drop shadow on the content. Is there a better way?


The Page.screenshot() method takes a style argument, which is a stylesheet that gets applied to the page before Playwright takes a screenshot. By adding a rule that hides the Wayback Machine overlay, I can get a screenshot of just the original page:

from playwright.sync_api import sync_playwright

with sync_playwright() as p:
    browser = p.chromium.launch()
    page = browser.new_page()

    url = ""

            #wm-ipp-base { display: none !important; }

The other options may not be strictly necessary, and were just useful for getting successful screenshots of my website.