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Screenshotbot: Screenshot Testing Service

tdrhq Screenshots

Screenshotbot is a Screenshot Testing service. Screenshotbot will connect your existing Android, iOS or Selenium tests to track how screenshots change over time, notifying you on Pull Requests, Jira etc. We provide several integrations to common Code Review and Task Management platforms, and have more in the pipeline.

Screenshotbot-oss powers our own commercial platform

Quick installation with Docker

$ docker-compose up --build

If you need to modify the config.lisp, modify it before running this command. In the future we'll provide live reloading of config.lisp for docker, but at the moment that's only available when not using docker.

More complicated Installation

Screenshotbot is written in Common Lisp. Common Lisp has several commercial and open source implementations. We officially support SBCL, Clozure CL (CCL) and LispWorks, but the core features should work on any compliant Common Lisp.

Update Nov 2022: We're switching our primary docker images from CCL to SBCL. SBCL is more performant and more stable than CCL. See this migration guide if you have an existing store. Let us know if you have any issues with this migration.


Currently we support Linux, Mac and Windows. We use Linux in our production environments so it gets tested the most, but please reach out if you have bugs in either of these platforms.


Screenshotbot is built as a monolith service. It does not depend on any external service. It does not use an external database. There are a few command line tools (e.g. imagemagic) that we use, and we'll automatically pull in an Common Lisp dependencies with Quicklisp.

Update Nov 2022: As of this time both ImageMagick 6 and 7 will work with Screenshotbot. The default Docker image uses 6, but if you are working with large number of images, we recommend compiling IM7 with QuantumDepth 8 and HDRI disabled.


Once you've picked your implementation, you can use the implementation to load launch.lisp. For example, with SBCL that looks like:

$ sbcl --script launch.lisp

This should start up Screenshotbot on port 4091. You can access it as http://localhost:4091 from the browser. All the data will be stored in ~/.config/screenshotbot/object-store. If you need to reset the state, you can just delete that directory and start over. But you must treat this directory as your database. We recommend keeping this on a device with high redundancy, such as RAID or Amazon EBS.

This might be a good time to put Screenshotbot behind an Nginx or Apache reverse-proxy, and enable HTTPS. (We highly recommend using Certbot for free certificates).


Screenshotbot has integrations with various external tools, e.g. GitHub, Jira, SSO etc. Most of these platforms require some kind of API key to access their APIs, and must be configured with Screenshotbot before you can use them.

For simplicity and maintainability, we don't have complex GUIs to modify these site-admin configurations. Instead each of these integrations are exposed as plugins that must be configured with basic Common Lisp code. The configuration can be hot-reloaded.

Screenshotbot looks for a file called config.lisp in both the git-root, and in ~/.config/screenshotbot/. If found, it loads this file as the configuration.

See Updating config.lisp for a more thorough discussion.

Becoming a Site-Admin

After installing Screenshotbot, we recommend setting up one user as a site-admin. The site-admin gets special administrative powers that will be required for hot-reloading config files, and hot-reloading updates. We might also build more configuration powers for site-admins in the future.

After signing up and logging in, go to https://<domain>/site-admin/self-promotion. Follow the steps. You'll need shell access to the directory with the Screenshotbot installation. You'll now have access to an Admin menu on the bottom left.

Calling Screenshotbot from your CI jobs

First, you'll need to generate an API key inside Screenshotbot. You'll use this to access the API or the CLI tools.

Next you need to build the CLI tool for your platform. Common Lisp is a compiled language, so in general you'll need different binaries for different platforms (Linux, Mac or Windows; Intel vs ARM). You can download pre-built binaries for Linux and Mac from

(As an alternative, Armed Bear Common Lisp, is a specific implementation of Common Lisp that can generate platform independent JAR files from Common Lisp code. We will officially support ABCL in a future release)

To create a binary on a specific platform, call the script scripts/build-cli.lisp. For instance, if you're using SBCL to build the CLI, it will look like:

 $ sbcl --script scripts/build-cli.lisp

This will generate a screenshotbot-cli executable script. Copy it to a location from which it can be dowloading during your CI runs, or check it in to your repository. (As of this writing SBCL generates a binary that is 105MB in size, and 24MB zipped; CCL 100MB/21MB excluding core; LispWorks 25MB/4.4MB. LispWorks has extra features to remove unused code.)

For an example use of this executable see: You'll also have to pass the --hostname argument, which will be the URL of your Screenshotbot installation.

Setting up SSO

Screenshotbot comes with an in-built email/password authentication system, and also supports OpenID Connect out of the box. For more complex setups, or for fine-grained user management tools or access logs, we recommend using Keycloak (open source) as an intermediate identity management solution, and connect to Keycloak with OpenID Connect. You could also use commercial services such as Amazon Cognito, but we test our solutions against Keycloak.

See Configuring SSO for a thorough discussion.

Feature Status

Not all the features on are available in this OSS repository. We are in the process of moving most integrations here, but that will depend on community interest.

Feature LispWorks CCL SBCL (Enterprise)
User / Email Supported Supported Supported Supported
OpenID Connect Supported Supported Supported Supported
SAML Via Keycloak Via Keycloak Via Keycloak Supported
VCS Integrations
GitHub Supported Supported Supported Supported
GitLab Supported Supported Supported Supported
Phabricator Supported Supported Supported Supported
BitBucket Supported Supported Supported Supported
Azure DevOps Supported Supported Supported Supported
Tasks Integration
Slack Supported Supported Supported Supported
Email Supported Supported Supported Supported
Jira Planned Planned Not supported [1] Supported
Trello Planned Planned Not supported [1] Supported
Asana Planned Planned Not supported [1] Planned
Annotations [2] Planned Planned Planned Supported
Jira Planned Planned Not supported [1] Supported


  1. Not supported because SBCL doesn't support Java

  2. Annotations allow you to create tasks directly from Screenshotbot


In most cases, upgrading will be done via hot-reloading. As a site-admin, you can git pull on the repository, on the shell, go to go https://<domain>/admin and hit Reload. This will bring the new code live without any downtime.

Small catch: Our database is stored is in-memory (with transactions logged to disk for recovery). Hot-reloading code can force schema changes. For instance, if a field is deleted between two major versions, hot reloading will cause that field to be lost forever (but there are snapshots of old versions of the database for recovery). In general we'll try to guarantee that between minor versions, on released commits, as long as you're upgrading (as opposed to downgrading), we'll be able to auto-migrate any schema cleanly.

You can also upgrade by killing the Lisp process and restarting it. If you do so, we recommend hitting Snapshot on the admin menu before killing the Lisp process. However killing the Lisp process can cause a minor downtime. You can work around this by using a tool called socketmaster, but the description of that tool is beyond the scope of this document.


We welcome Pull Requests!

Keep in mind, we'll do the code review on GitHub, but we'll merge it via our internal Phabricator instance. The source of truth for the code is in our internal mono-repo, which is copied over to the OSS code via Copybara, similar to the process that Google and Facebook use. We have open sourced many other projects where the source of truth is GitHub, but Screenshotbot is an actively-developed complex application that makes this difficult.

We might reject large new features if we think it adds too much maintenance overhead for us. Bug-fixes are always welcome.

Open Source Support

We want the Open Source version of Screenshotbot to be successful. That being said, we are a very small company, so it's difficult for us to dedicate a lot of resources specifically for keeping Open Source supported across multiple platforms, multiple deployment styles, etc.

You can help us! Just be patient with us when we ask for specifics about your installation. Send us any feedback---good, bad or neutral---to Get other teams to use Screenshotbot, either open-source or paid. The more users we have the easier it is for us to catch bugs early and stream-line the open source experience.

Give us a star on GitHub!

We aren't currently accepting donations, but consider convincing your team to pay us for support. If you're a small team or an individual developer, just send us an email and we'll make sure you have a plan you can afford. Most of our code is open-source, so by paying us you're directly supporting our open-source contributions.


Screenshotbot is built and maintained by Arnold Noronha ( I also wrote screenshot-tests-for-android, the de-facto screenshot testing library for Android.


Screenshot is licensed under the Mozilla Public License, v2.