Use pip to install Playwright in your Python project. See system requirements.
These commands download the Playwright package and install browser binaries for Chromium, Firefox and WebKit. To modify this behavior see installation parameters.
Once installed, you can
import Playwright in a Python script, and launch any of the 3 browsers (
Playwright supports two variations of the API: synchronous and asynchronous. If your modern project uses asyncio, you should use async API:
In our first script, we will navigate to
whatsmyuseragent.org and take a screenshot in WebKit.
By default, Playwright runs the browsers in headless mode. To see the browser UI, pass the
headless=False flag while launching the browser. You can also use
slow_mo to slow down execution. Learn more in the debugging tools section.
Command Line Interface CLI can be used to record user interactions and generate Python code.
Playwright requires Python version 3.7 or above. The browser binaries for Chromium, Firefox and WebKit work across the 3 platforms (Windows, macOS, Linux):
- Windows: Works with Windows and Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).
- macOS: Requires 10.14 or above.
- Linux: Depending on your Linux distribution, you might need to install additional dependencies to run the browsers.
- Firefox requires Ubuntu 18.04+
- For Ubuntu 18.04, the additional dependencies are defined in our Docker image, which is based on Ubuntu.