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Using the HTML/CSS to Image API

Generate images from HTML and CSS.

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The API uses HTTP Basic authentication.

  • Your username is your User ID and your password is your API Key. Both of these are available from the dashboard. The code samples demonstrate how to authenticate your request.
  • Treat your API Key like a password. If exposed, it could be used to create images using your account.

Creating an image

To generate an image, make an HTTP request to the API.



The create image endpoint accepts the following parameters. Accepted as either json or formdata.

Name Type Description
html* String This is the HTML you want to render. You can send an HTML snippet (<div>Your content</div>) or an entire webpage.
css String The CSS for your image. When using with url it will be injected into the page.
url* String The fully qualified URL to a public webpage. Such as When passed this will override the html param and will generate a screenshot of the url.

Required params

For creating an image, either url or html are required. css is optional.

Additional parameters

Optional parameters for greater control over your image.

Name Type Description
google_fonts String Google fonts to be loaded. Example: Roboto. Multiple fonts can be loaded like this: Roboto|Open Sans
selector String A CSS selector for an element on the webpage. We’ll crop the image to this specific element. For example: section#complete-toolkit.container-lg
ms_delay Integer The number of milliseconds the API should delay before generating the image. This is useful when waiting for JavaScript. We recommend starting with 500. Large values slow down the initial render time. Learn more.
device_scale Double This adjusts the pixel ratio for the screenshot. Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3. Learn more.
render_when_ready Boolean Set to true to control when the image is generated. Call ScreenshotReady() from JavaScript to generate the image. Learn more.
full_screen Boolean When set to true, the API will generate an image of the entire height of the page.
viewport_width Integer Set the width of Chrome’s viewport. This will disable automatic cropping. Both height and width parameters must be set if using either.
viewport_height Integer Set the height of Chrome’s viewport. This will disable automatic cropping. Both height and width parameters must be set if using either.

Example responses

  "url": ""
  "error": "Bad Request",
  "statusCode": 400,
  "message": "HTML is Required"
    "error": "Plan limit exceeded",
    "statusCode": 429,
    "message": "You've used 3055 of your 3000 renders. Upgrade via the Dashboard:"

Getting an image

After creating an image, you can use the returned URL to either download your image, or use it directly in your website.


This URL is permanent for as long as your account is active. It’s automatically cached and optimized by Cloudflare’s global content delivery network. You can use it directly on your webpages and not worry about hurting your page speed score.

  • Lossless optimization: each image is optimized with no change in image quality.
  • Global cache: the image is cached near your users to reduce latency.

File formats

The API supports jpg, png and webp. If no file extension is passed, you’ll get back a png by default. If you need a different file format, adjust the extension on the url.

Format Example

PNG by default

The API returns png by default. If no extension is on the URL, a png will be generated.

Query parameters

Query parameters can be added to the URL to adjust your image.

Name Type Description
height Integer The height of the image. Maximum 5000.
width Integer The width of the image. Maximum 5000.
dl Integer Set dl=1 and the image will be served as a downloadable attachment.

Deleting an image


To delete an image using the API, you can send a DELETE request to your image URL. This will remove your image from our servers and clear the caching for the image in our CDN.

All data and copies of the image are deleted. This cannot be undone.

Example response


Checking account usage


To check your account usage, you can make a request to the usage endpoint. It will return the total images created for your account rolled up into different time periods.

We recommend using this endpoint for tracking your usage in tools such as Datadog.

Example response

  "data": {
    "hour": {
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      "2021-11-14T20:00:00Z": 58,
      "2021-11-14T21:00:00Z": 54,
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      "2021-11-15T11:00:00Z": 60,
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      "2021-11-17T08:00:00Z": 63,
      "2021-11-17T09:00:00Z": 64,
      "2021-11-17T10:00:00Z": 60,
      "2021-11-17T11:00:00Z": 61,
      "2021-11-17T12:00:00Z": 61,
      "2021-11-17T13:00:00Z": 29
    "day": {
      "2021-09-19T00:00:00Z": 1569,
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      "end": "2018-12-02T22:57:29.015Z"
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      "end": "2019-01-01T22:57:29.015Z"
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