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What Happens During A Capture Session

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The Banner

During a capture session, a banner will appear and state, “Webrecorder started debugging this browser”. This banner should be present at all times during your web archiving process. No banner means the extension is not capturing.

Screenshot of the webrecorder banner

The Color Cues

At the same time as the banner appears, extension will give you a status update with color cues. You should notice that the icon now how a green light (or yellow light). icon with a green box. icon with a yellow box.Green means continue archiving. Yellow means give me a moment.

  • Green will say “Idle, Continue Browsing” which means “Ready to go! Continue archiving”
  • Yellow will say “# URLs pending, please wait before loading a new page” which means “Currently debugging and capturing the assets on this specific page. Give me a moment to capture everything please”


The latest version includes the new Automated page behavior and scrolling system, or Autopilot! This means will scroll or interact with certain complex sites for you! The system is designed to run on a single page and currently aimed at social media sites or sites with infinite scroll. For more info, see the Autopilot and Behaviors Overview and Status sections of this guide.

Instant Replay

You can instantly view what the archived page looks like, without stopping the capture session, by clicking View Recorded Page. This will open the page replay in a new tab so you can view the replay as the page is being archived. The Browse Archive link will open the current web archive collection that is being recorded into, also in a new tab.

These options will also be available after the archiving has been stopped.

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