PhantomJS is a headless web browser for automating web page interactions. The PhantomJS development has been discontinued by their team till the next information. It’s good to switch to an alternative of Phantom.js.
The Phantom is available as ready to use binary. You just need to download the Phantomjs binary file and place it on your system available under the PATH environment. So it will be accessible throughout the system. This tutorial will help to set up FantomJS on Ubuntu and Debian systems.
First, you should install or update system packages to the latest versions. Also, install the required packages needed by PhantomJS to work correctly.
Open a terminal and udpate Apt cache first:
sudo apt-get update
Then install required packages:
sudo apt-get install build-essential chrpath libssl-dev libxft-dev
sudo apt-get install libfreetype6 libfreetype6-dev libfontconfig1 libfontconfig1-dev
Step 1 – Install FantomJS
Now download the latest FantomJS from its official website. After downloading the archive file, just extract this to the desired system location. You don’t need to install this.
tar xvjf phantomjs-2.1.1-linux-x86_64.tar.bz2 -C /usr/local/share/
Now simply create a soft link phantomjs binary file to systems bin dirctory as below:
sudo ln -sf /usr/local/share/phantomjs-2.1.1-linux-x86_64/bin/phantomjs /usr/local/bin
Step 3 – Verify FantomJS Version
After completing installation, let’s verify the installed version of phantomjs.
You can also find the version details from PhantomJS prompt. To get PhantomJS prompt type “phantomjs” on shell prompt and you will get the prompt. Now type
phantom.version to get version details.