Capture web pages to local device or backend server for future retrieval, organization, annotation, and edit.
What is WebScrapBook?
WebScrapBook is a Firefox add-on that allows you to capture web pages on your local device or backend server in various formats. It faithfully ensures no detail is missed from the captured pages. Also, this tool provides features for customizing the capture process, editing the pages and organizing them in different collections within your browser. WebScrapBook supports full-text searching of pages, remote page access, and mobile devices. It also maintains legacy compatibility features.
WebScrapBook is a browser extension that captures the web page faithfully with various archive formats and customizable configurations, for future retrieval, organization, annotation, and editing. This project inherits from legacy Firefox add-on ScrapBook X.
- Capture faithfully: A web page shown in the browser can be captured without losing any subtle detail. Metadata such as source URL and timestamp are also recorded.
- Customizable capture: WebScrapBook can save selected area in a page, save source page (before processed by scripts), or save page as a bookmark. How to capture images, audio, video, fonts, frames, styles, scripts, etc. are also customizable. A web page can be saved as a folder, a ZIP-based archive file (HTZ or MAFF), or a single HTML file.
- Page editing: A web page can be highlighted, annotated, or edited before or after a capture.
- Organizable collections: Captured pages can be organized in the browser sidebar using one or more scrapbooks, and each scrapbooks holds a hierarchical tree structure to organize data items. Notes using HTML or markdown format can also be created and managed. (*)
- Fulltext searching: Each scrapbook can be further indexed for a rich-feature search (using title, fulltext, comment, source URL, create time, modify time, etc.). (*)
- Remote access: Captured data can be hosted with a central backend server and be read or edited from other devices. Alternatively, a scrapbook can generate a static site index and be distributed as a static web site. (*)
- Mobile support: WebScrapBook supports mobile browsers such as Firefox for Android and Kiwi browser. You can capture and edit the web page from a mobile phone or tablet.
- Legacy ScrapBook support: Scrapbooks created from legacy ScrapBook or ScrapBook X can be converted into WebScrapBook-compliant format for usage. (*)
- All or partial functionality of a starred feature above requires a running collaborating backend server, which can be easily set up using PyWebScrapBook.
- An HTZ or MAFF archive file can be viewed using the built-in archive page viewer, using PyWebScrapBook or other assistant tools, or by opening the index page after unzipping.
User reviews summary
- Enables the backup and saving of web pages with complex login forms
- Support for .maff format appreciated by users
- Powerful tool with capabilities like JSON batch capture and configurable capturing
- Complex and difficult for some users to configure and use
- Documentation can be unclear or insufficient
- Users miss features from the old Scrapbook Extension, like easy folder selection and 'Generate Site Index'
- Configuration and ease of use complexities
- The functionality and usefulness of the tool when configured properly
- Requests for better documentation and support for issues
WebScrapBook is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this add-on. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install WebScrapBook if you trust the publisher.
WebScrapBook is probably trust-worthy. Prefer other publishers if available. Exercise caution when installing this add-on.