(PHP 5 >= 5.2.2, PHP 7)

imagegrabscreenCaptures the whole screen


imagegrabscreen ( void ) : resource

Grabs a screenshot of the whole screen.


This function is only available on Windows.

Return Values

Returns an image resource identifier on success, FALSE on failure.


Example #1 imagegrabscreen() example

This example demonstrates how to take a screenshot of the current screen and save it as a png image.


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User Contributed Notes 2 notes

9 years ago
If you have multiple displays set up, this function will only grab the primary display; not all of them like you would with the 'Print Screen' key.

Also, this should be pretty obvious but I'll mention it anyway, if you're running GPU-intensive applications (not CPU), calling this function will cause quite some significant lag to your machine and server response until the request is complete.
andrew at local dot co dot nz
10 years ago
For this to work your Apache service must be set to 'Allow service to interact with desktop' otherwise you will just get a blank image. To fix this right-click My Computer, select Manage/Services and Applications/Services - find the apache service (like Apache2) and right-click, select Properties - choose the Log on tab and check the 'Allow service to interact with desktop' checkbox. Restart Apache.
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