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In this guide, we'll create full-page screenshots in Airtable using Urlbox. We'll use the Data Fetcher Airtable app along with Urlbox to create these screenshots as attachment files in Airtable. This tutorial is 100% no-code!
Create a table called 'Screenshots'.
Create a field called 'URL' and add the URLs you want to screenshot.
Create a field called 'Screenshot' with type 'Attachment'.
Create a new Grid view called 'Needs screenshot' with the following filters:
Install Data Fetcher from the Airtable app marketplace. After the app launches, sign up for a free Data Fetcher account by entering a password and clicking 'Sign up for free'. If you already have a Data Fetcher account, sign in using the 'Have an account?' button at the bottom left of the box.
On the home screen of the Data Fetcher app, click 'Create your first request'. Requests in Data Fetcher are how you import data to or send data from your Airtable base.
On the create request screen in Data Fetcher, for Application, select 'Urlbox'.
For Authorization you need to copy and paste your API key from Urlbox. This means Data Fetcher can import the screenshots from your Urlbox account into Airtable. You can sign up for a free 7 day trial or a paid plan of Urlbox here. If you already have a Urlbox account, you can find your API key on your dashboard.
For Endpoint, select 'Create screenshots from URLs'
Enter a Name for your request, e.g. 'Import Screenshots'. Then click 'Save & Continue'.
For URL, we want to insert a reference to the values in our 'URL' Airtable field. First, click the + button.
On the modal that opens, select 'URL' for Field. Then select 'Needs screenshot' for Run for every record in view. Then click 'Confirm'.
URL should now contain a reference to the table.
For Format choose the file type you would like to import (PNG, SVG, JPEG etc.)
Under More options for this Urlbox endpoint, scroll down through the different options and enable 'Scroll full-page' to capture the full-page height of the URL as a screenshot. You can also set 'Scroll horizontally to capture full width' to capture a full width screenshot.
Make sure the Output Table & View is set to 'Screenshots' and 'Needs screenshot'.
Click 'Save & Run'.
The request will run and the Response field mapping modal will open. This is where you set how the fields from Urlbox should map to the fields in the output table. Make sure the 'Screenshot' field is mapped to our existing 'Screenshot' field. Then click 'Save & Run'.
Data Fetcher will then run the request for every record in 'Needs screenshot' and convert the URLs to screenshots in Airtable.
At the moment, we have to manually run the request to create the screenshots. We can use Data Fetcher's scheduled requests feature to automatically create them every 15 minutes/ hour/ day etc.
In Data Fetcher, scroll to Schedule and click 'Upgrade'.
A new tab will open where you can select a plan and enter your payment details to upgrade.
Return to the Data Fetcher app and click 'I've done this'.
Click 'Add API key' in order to add your Airtable API key. You can find your Airtable API key here.
Enter your Airtable API key and click 'Save'.
Enable Schedule this request.
Select how often you want the request to run, e.g. 'Every 15 mins'. Click 'Save' The request will now run and create the full-page screenshots from your chosen URLs automatically on a schedule.