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Headless WebKit now means Headless Chromium instead of headless PhantomJS


Bad news for beloved PhantomJS:

Headless mode allows running Chromium in a headless/server environment. Expected use cases include loading web pages, extracting metadata (e.g., the DOM) and generating bitmaps from page contents -- using all the modern web platform features provided by Chromium and Blink.

To use headless, start Chrome with a command line flag:

 $ chrome --headless --remote-debugging-port=9222

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Usage from Node.js

For example, the chrome-remote-interface Node.js package can be used to extract a page's DOM like this:

const CDP = require('chrome-remote-interface');

CDP((client) => {
  // Extract used DevTools domains.
  const {Page, Runtime} = client;

  // Enable events on domains we are interested in.
  ]).then(() => {
    return Page.navigate({url: ''});

  // Evaluate outerHTML after page has loaded.
  Page.loadEventFired(() => {
    Runtime.evaluate({expression: 'document.body.outerHTML'}).then((result) => {
}).on('error', (err) => {
  console.error('Cannot connect to browser:', err);

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