I want to capture screenshots by elements in appium similar to the one in selenium. I am using python. Could not find much about this, is there any way to achieve this?

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I think you can use the Appium driver.get_screenshot_as_base64() command described in the documentation: http://appium.io/docs/en/commands/session/screenshot/

Now you should have a screenshot of the full page. You can ask the element its location and crop the screenshot. This is described for Python and Selenium in detail here: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/15018372/how-to-take-partial-screenshot-with-selenium-webdriver-in-python

Although I didnt try it myself I think the cropping should work the same for Appuim based elements and screenshots.


This post is a little old, but for everyone else who ends up here appium does have this built in.

First find the element you want to screenshot (you can use the self.driver.find_element() function). Then the web element returned has different properties including "screenshot_as_png".

There are several options in my autocomplete (but I didn't see any documentation readily available but I did find https://stackoverflow.com/a/47959716/20523639):

  • Function: screenshot()
  • attribute: screenshot_as_base64
  • attribute: screenshot_as_png

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