Sometimes I want to archive a web page or website using browsertrix-crawler but I always have to go to the documentation to look up the specifics of the Docker incantation. Once I get something working I often want a record of how I ran the crawl so I can remember how it was created. I’ve done this enough times that I decided to create a little shell script and directory structure for the configuration files.

If you’d like to try this approach, install Git and Docker if you don’t already have them, and then:

$ git clone
$ cd browsertricky
$ ./browsertricky example

To test your new web archive of the website go to and load the WACZ file that was created at collections/example/example.wacz.

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Ok, that’s not a terribly interesting example (pun intended). But you can use the example config as a template for another configuration to archive another site. To do that you’ll need to:

$ cp config/example.yaml config/mysite.yaml

Edit the config/mysite.yaml adding information about a site you would like to archive:

  1. Change collection from example to mysite, which will change where your WACZ is written in the collections directory
  2. Change the seeds list to include a new URL like

And run it!

$ ./browsertricky mysite

If you open http://localhost:9037 while the crawl is underway you should see a screencast of the browser.

Read the browsertrix-crawler documentation for all the options you can put in your YAML configuration files. There are quite a few!

PS. I should really adapt this to work with podman too… It was updated to prefer podman to docker if it is available.

PPS. Check out browsertrix-cloud if you don’t want to work on the command line and would rather use a web application to do it.