PhantomJS Ubuntu install & web capture

First, install or update to the latest system software.

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install build-essential chrpath libssl-dev libxft-dev

Install these packages needed by PhantomJS to work correctly.

sudo apt-get install libfreetype6 libfreetype6-dev
sudo apt-get install libfontconfig1 libfontconfig1-dev

Get it from the PhantomJS website.

or (20-12-2018 versiyon)

cd ~
export PHANTOM_JS="phantomjs-1.9.8-linux-x86_64"
sudo tar xvjf $PHANTOM_JS.tar.bz2

Once downloaded, move Phantomjs folder to /usr/local/share/ and create a symlink:

sudo mv $PHANTOM_JS /usr/local/share
sudo ln -sf /usr/local/share/$PHANTOM_JS/bin/phantomjs /usr/local/bin

Now, It should have PhantomJS properly on your system.

phantomjs --version

Web capture

Unfortunately, that is not possible using just the PhantomJS command line. You have to use a Javascript file to actually accomplish anything with PhantomJS.

Here is a very simple version of the script you can use

Code mostly copied from


var system = require('system');
var page   = require('webpage').create();
// system.args[0] is the filename, so system.args[1] is the first real argument
var url    = system.args[1];
// render the page, and run the callback function, function () {
  // page.content is the source
  // need to call phantom.exit() to prevent from hanging

To print the page source to standard out.

phantomjs printSource.js

To save the page source in a file

phantomjs printSource.js > ember.html

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