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Automated localized screenshots of your Android app on every device

screengrab generates localized screenshots of your Android app for different device types and languages for Google Play and can be uploaded using supply.

Why should I automate this process?

  • Create hundreds of screenshots in multiple languages on emulators or real devices, saving you hours
  • Easily verify that localizations fit into labels on all screen dimensions to find UI mistakes before you ship
  • You only need to configure it once for anyone on your team to run it
  • Keep your screenshots perfectly up-to-date with every app update. Your customers deserve it!
  • Fully integrates with fastlane and supply


Install the gem

sudo gem install screengrab
Gradle dependency
androidTestCompile 'tools.fastlane:screengrab:x.x.x'

The latest version can be determined by visiting the screengrab RubyGems page

Configuring your Manifest Permissions

Ensure that the following permissions exist in your src/debug/AndroidManifest.xml

<!-- Allows unlocking your device and activating its screen so UI tests can succeed -->
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.DISABLE_KEYGUARD"/>
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WAKE_LOCK"/>

<!-- Allows for storing and retrieving screenshots -->
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" />
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.READ_EXTERNAL_STORAGE" />

<!-- Allows changing locales -->
<uses-permission android:name="android.permission.CHANGE_CONFIGURATION" />
Configuring your UI Tests for Screenshots
  1. Add @ClassRule public static final LocaleTestRule localeTestRule = new LocaleTestRule(); to your tests class to handle automatic switching of locales
  2. To capture screenshots, add the following to your tests Screengrab.screenshot("name_of_screenshot_here"); on the appropriate screens

Generating Screenshots with Screengrab

  • Then, before running screengrab you'll need a debug and test apk
    • You can create your APKs with ./gradlew assembleDebug assembleAndroidTest
  • Once complete run screengrab in your app project directory to generate screenshots
    • You will be prompted to provide any required parameters which are not in your Screengrabfile or provided as command line arguments
  • Your screenshots will be saved to fastlane/metadata/android in the directory where you ran screengrab

Improved screenshot capture with UI Automator

As of screengrab 0.5.0, you can specify different strategies to control the way screengrab captures screenshots. The newer strategy delegates to UI Automator which fixes a number of problems compared to the original strategy:

  • Shadows/elevation are correctly captured for Material UI
  • Multi-window situations are correctly captured (dialogs, etc.)
  • Works on Android N

However, UI Automator requires a device with API level >= 18, so it is not yet the default strategy. To enable it for all screenshots by default, make the following call before your tests run:

Screengrab.setDefaultScreenshotStrategy(new UiAutomatorScreenshotStrategy());

Advanced Screengrabfile Configuration

Running screengrab init generated a Screengrabfile which can store all of your configuration options. Since most values will not change often for your project, it is recommended to store them there.

The Screengrabfile is written in Ruby, so you may find it helpful to use an editor that highlights Ruby syntax to modify this file.

# remove the leading '#' to uncomment lines

# app_package_name ''
# use_tests_in_packages ['your.screenshot.tests.package']

# app_apk_path 'path/to/your/app.apk'
# tests_apk_path 'path/to/your/tests.apk'

locales ['en-US', 'fr-FR', 'it-IT']

# clear all previously generated screenshots in your local output directory before creating new ones
clear_previous_screenshots true

For more information about all available options run

screengrab --help


UI Tests

Check out Testing UI for a Single App for an introduction to using Espresso for UI testing.

Example UI Test Class (Using JUnit4)
public class JUnit4StyleTests {
    public static final LocaleTestRule localeTestRule = new LocaleTestRule();

    public ActivityTestRule<MainActivity> activityRule = new ActivityTestRule<>(MainActivity.class);

    public void testTakeScreenshot() {



There is an example project showing how to use use JUnit 3 or 4 and Espresso with the screengrab Java library to capture screenshots during a UI test run.

Using JUnit 4 is preferable because of its ability to perform actions before and after the entire test class is run. This means you will change the device's locale far fewer times when compared with JUnit 3 running those commands before and after each test method.

When using JUnit 3 you'll need to add a bit more code:

  • Use LocaleUtil.changeDeviceLocaleTo(LocaleUtil.getTestLocale()); in setUp()
  • Use LocaleUtil.changeDeviceLocaleTo(LocaleUtil.getEndingLocale()); in tearDown()
  • Use Screengrab.screenshot("name_of_screenshot_here"); to capture screenshots at the appropriate points in your tests

If you're having trouble getting your device unlocked and the screen activated to run tests, try using ScreenUtil.activateScreenForTesting(activity); in your test setup.

fastlane Toolchain

  • fastlane: The easiest way to automate beta deployments and releases for your iOS and Android apps
  • supply: Upload screenshots, metadata and your app to the Play Store

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Need help?

Please submit an issue on GitHub and provide information about your setup.

Code of Conduct

Help us keep screengrab open and inclusive. Please read and follow our Code of Conduct.


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