Take a screenshot of a long page in Safari on Mac


Taking screenshots of long pages in Safari on Mac is possible, but Apple doesn’t offer a native tool worthy of the name. So here’s how to do it.

Safari is the Navigator default on Mac computers. It’s a fully capable browser and if you’d rather use native software rather than download and install a third-party browser, it’s definitely possible. That being said, unlike Edge, there is no native tool for taking screenshots of a long page in Safari.

It’s not clear if Apple intends to introduce such a feature in the near future, but don’t worry. If you need to take screenshots of a long page, there are solutions to achieve this. Follow the guide below, we’ll tell you everything.

Save sites as PDF

The interesting thing about this method is that if you try to take a long capture on iPhone, the result is saved as PDF. This method is very similar.

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Go to the page you want to capture.
  3. From the menu, click File> Export as PDF.
  4. Choose where you want to save and fill in the name, then click Save.

Please note, since you are saving as PDF, this is not an image. The advantage with this method is that, if you have a PDF editor, you can make some changes, like adding notes. The downside is that it is easy to modify the content, unlike an image which can be more difficult to edit.

Use Safari Developer Tools

The same way as Google with Chrome regarding long page screenshots, it turns out that Apple has hidden a capture tool in Safari, and more specifically in Developer Tools.

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Go to the page you want to capture.
  3. On the Develop menu, click Show Web Inspector.
  4. In the window that opens, right-click on the first line that begins with “
  5. Select Capture Preview.
  6. Save the file.

The advantage of this method is that, if you don’t need to capture the whole page, you can just select the portions of code to capture, if you know what you are looking for, of course. Additionally, Apple has already built screen capture tools into macOS that work in Safari (but don’t allow for long page captures), an easier method than this.

Use the Awesome Screenshot extension for Safari

If these two options do not satisfy you, you might be interested in the Awesome Screenshot extension for Safari which allows you to do all of this very easily.

  1. Download and install theextension Awesome Screenshot.
  2. Once the extension is installed, go to the page you want to capture.
  3. Click on the extension icon and select Capture Entire Page.
  4. You can make some modifications at this stage, if you wish.
  5. Once done, click on the download icon and this will save the capture to your computer.

Using TechSmith Snagit software

If you have no problem paying for software, maybe TechSmith’s Snagit tool could be the solution to all your screenshot needs. Indeed, Snagit does not only work with Safari but with your Mac. In other words, besides being able to capture web pages, you can also use Snagit to take screenshots in your applications, games, etc.

  1. Download and install Snagit.
  2. Launch Snagit and click on the “All In One” tab on the left.
  3. Click the Capture button.
  4. Select the portion of the site to capture and click on the “Start panoramic capture” button.
  5. Click start and start scrolling down. Click on stop when the time comes.

Snagit is not free. There is a free trial period to test the software and see if it suits you but after that you have to pay the $ 50 license to continue using. It is expensive, of course, but if you take very often captures, it may be interesting.


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