10 Free Website Thumbnail Generation Services


Automatically created website thumbnails have a wide usage from links in a website to a web application presenting URLs with their thumbnails.

Using a website thumbnail generation service is generally a time-saving decision both for the website owner (as it'll be automated) & the visitor (for getting a better idea about the link).

Here are 10 free website thumbnail solutions including a "how to on creating your own".

Considering you'll probably use one of these services in the future, make sure you bookmark the post.


Shrink The Web

A powerful & free thumbnail service with 250,000 request limits / month & offers more limits in the paid plans.

For the free plan, no custom sizes can be mentioned & inner page thumbnails are not supported (but supports most of the popular sizes). On the other hand, the service is ad-free and works with JavaScript / Flash embed.



websnapr offers free website thumbnails & puts a "powered by websnapr" phrase over the images. There are paid plans without imitations and more features.

There are ready to use plugins for WordPress, Drupal & more that can be found here.



A free plan exists to create website thumbnails both with & without API support. Thumbnails are watermarked with "by thumbalizr" phrase & premium plans don't have this limitation.

After signing-up, a PHP script is provided for caching the images locally for faster loads & minimum requests.

iWEBTOOL Thumbnails

iWEBTOOL Thumbnails

A free thumbnails service for creating thumbnails of the links provided.

After inserting a JavaScript file to the webpages, system almost starts to work automatically.

There is a backlink in the thumbnails which can be removed by switching to a paid plan.

SnapCasa (project is abandoned)


A popular website thumbnail provider that has both free & paid plans.

Free plan is limited to 300,000 requests / month which is good for many websites. And, it is ad-free.

Usage is very simple, Just mention the thumbnail's parameters in the img tag & that's all. Like:

<img src="http://SnapCasa.com/Get.aspx?code=[code]&size=[size]&url=[url]" />

 artViper Website Thumbnails (project is abandoned)

artViper Thumbnail Service

This thumbnail service offers nice features in the free version like:

  • Any size of thumbnails
  • Subpage support
  • Realtime preview & more.

A backlink is required in every page that the service is used & there are few JavaScript-Ajax tools provided to display thumbs.

thmbnl (project is abandoned)

Website Thumbnail Service

thmbnl also provides free & paid plans. Free plan is limited to 1000 views / month.

Thumbnails are generated in 5 different sizes & codes are provided after a free membership.

Girafa (project is abandoned)


A nice service for creating URL thumbnails whose free plan is limited to 2000 views / day & does not support inner pages.

MyThumbnail (project is abandoned)

My Thumbnails

This free thumbnail generation service currently does not have a limit, supports sub-pages & any width-height can be mentioned.

Create Your Own Website Thumbnail Service

Website Thumbnail Software

You can also create your own website thumbnail service & use it without limitations.

IECapt is a command line utility for capturing Internet Explorer's rendering of a webpage (CutyCapt for Webkit).

  1. Reply jerome slan November 4, 2008 at 6:00 AM

    there is one very simple service at this url :


  2. Reply Saving Money Tips November 4, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Great list, I’ve dugg this. Thanks for the collection will be using these services very soon.

  3. Reply Josh Minor November 4, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    Thumbnails are a pretty important piece ofa website.


  4. Reply Television Spy November 4, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    Great set, thumblizr is good but it watermarks it and that’s pretty annoying.

  5. Reply sitegif November 4, 2008 at 11:29 PM

    Useful list,I think you forget sitegif.com.It also support multiple website snapshot service.

  6. Reply http://www.usome.com November 5, 2008 at 3:34 AM

    Great set, thumblizr is good but it watermarks it and that’s pretty annoying.

  7. Reply agus November 5, 2008 at 7:06 AM

    nice list, bookmarked 🙂

  8. Reply WP Junkie November 5, 2008 at 8:16 AM

    WOW! Great list, these will come in handy. Bookmarked ya and dugg.

  9. Reply Resistance November 5, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Very good list, gonna try these for sure. Dugg!

  10. Reply Anuj Seth - lab209 November 6, 2008 at 2:02 AM

    Good collection of links.

    Thanks for sharing!

  11. Reply Bored November 6, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    seriously using a server that can run ie just sounds like a horrible idea

  12. Reply guide November 15, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    thanks a lot

  13. Reply User Interface Gallery November 18, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Great collection, thanks!

  14. Reply Thumbs3D December 2, 2008 at 4:08 AM

    Exclusive service displays of Thumbs url 3D on http://www.thumbs-online.com

  15. Reply Marcio December 20, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    PageGlimpse.com has a very scalable Web Thumbnails generation service that runs on Amazon Web Services cluster. It currently powers thumbnails of many websites including Adjix a new twitter link shortening service. The API lets you quickly integrate website thumbnails in any of your application, website or mobile app. And it’s FREE. The service is really fast and you don’t have to worry about capturing thumbnails yourself or keep them up-to-date.

  16. Reply Walii March 12, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    Nice, but I like to use for my directory as auto or by plugin but I dont got any solution for that. Any idea??

  17. Reply sebastian April 5, 2009 at 3:47 PM

    please try out my solution:

    it takes about 10 seconds to create a screenshot and after that it recreates everytime when a user sees the image.

    the parameter thumb describes the height of the screenshot and the parameter url the URL to the website.

  18. Reply John September 12, 2009 at 3:49 AM

    You can try http://www.sitethumbshot.com/. I am using it for some time. It is free and services are great.

  19. Reply Greg October 23, 2009 at 8:15 AM

    Thanks for the list and to those who’ve added more sites within the comments!!

    Much appreciated

  20. Reply mike November 2, 2009 at 3:29 AM

    Good solutions great thanks

  21. Reply Recoveryhair November 11, 2009 at 12:09 PM

    thanks for the great list, i already book marked!

  22. Reply Quincy December 8, 2009 at 9:11 PM

    Great list, thanks, very helpful post.

  23. Reply Paul January 5, 2010 at 2:18 PM

    Great list. Thanks for sharing. I found sitethumbshot.com from this page and it is turning out to be a good choice.

  24. Reply Robert Bravery January 20, 2010 at 4:17 PM

    Great post. There are a few here that I haven;t heard of before. Would need to try them out.

    I second the mention of PageGlimpse @ http://www.pageglimpse.com I use them in my web development, and the seem to work great.

  25. Reply onefoot February 16, 2010 at 4:36 AM

    Thanks for the nice collection.

  26. Reply Steve June 10, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Thank you for this informations and the collection. It is great!

  27. Reply zonabebe June 29, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    Good job..Thanks.

  28. Reply Stephan June 30, 2010 at 3:18 AM

    Thanks for this List. 😉

  29. Reply Matt July 28, 2010 at 10:04 PM

    A few of these have bitten the dust, such as thmbnl and MyThumbnail.

    Another for the list is webthumb.net

  30. Reply ejr7 September 22, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    Great post.
    Would need to try them out.

  31. Reply Seasons October 30, 2010 at 12:38 AM

    You you should change the page subject 10 Free Website Thumbnail Generation Services to more specific for your blog post you make. I enjoyed the post however.

  32. Reply Huren November 26, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    Nice collection. Thanks for this post. Already the first one works fine,

  33. Reply Abbie December 8, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    If you want to generated website thumbnail I would suggest using any one of three, shrinktheweb.com, websnapr.com or w3snapshot.com. All three are good services to generated website snapshots.

  34. Reply Maigrir Vite March 22, 2011 at 5:55 AM

    Unfortunately most of the links are broken or poiting to parked sites

  35. Reply Esponjas April 30, 2011 at 10:42 PM

    Great list, thank you i will try snapcasa. Bye!

  36. Reply Alex May 13, 2011 at 6:26 PM

    An interesting such service is http://pagepeeker.com

  37. Reply Emmanuel July 1, 2011 at 9:24 AM


    I’m looking a thumb service but a lot seems to be down.


  38. Reply Tero July 28, 2011 at 1:54 PM

    Good uptime with the immediatenet.com thumbnail API:

  39. Reply George August 22, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    I have tested a lot of them but I think that http://www.megasnaps.com is the better. The free web site to image, create a image of the whole html page, and offers a cropped options too.

    The website thumbnails service are a good option for any type of web sites.

  40. Reply Hakan December 30, 2011 at 10:48 AM


    You can access to free website thumbnail service very soon.

    Please follow: http://opews.com

    We working on this system.

  41. Reply tommy January 28, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    i have used http://browser.seotest.com it’s better for fast screenshot

  42. Reply Eric March 20, 2012 at 6:11 AM

    Try http://www.snapito.com for full page website screenshots. An API and bookmarklets are available.

  43. Reply Toby Hickling March 21, 2012 at 4:33 AM

    We use this one (http://www.webcapturer.com/). It’s free and no annoying watermark. No need to embed javascript

  44. Reply kevin July 28, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    I made one at http://ageispolis.net/url using CutyCapt and Xvfb. It’s quite fast and it’s free.

  45. Reply طراحی سایت November 15, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Thanks for this List. 🙂

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