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HTML to PDF Web Service
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HTML to PDF Web Service

A WSGI web service for rendering HTML to PDF using wkhtmltopdf.

This work was inspired by


  • Add the javascript client
  • Add a routing system
  • Use URL params to generate wkhtmltopdf cmd-line options
  • Add a cache system
  • Add a Procfile and .buildpack for a better Heroku compatibility
  • Add an auth system

Running the Service localy

  1. Install python3 (virtualenv recommendend)
  1. Install wkhtmltopdf here

  2. Install dependencies:

    pip3 install -r requirements.txt

    on mac change the line 82 on from

    return ['/usr/bin/', '-q', '-d', '300', '-s', 'A4', '-', '-']


    return ['wkhtmltopdf', '-q', '-d', '300', '-s', 'A4', '-', '-']
  3. Run server:


The development server listens on port 5000.

Using the Service

The web service accepts an HTML document as the "html" and "filename" parameter in the body
of a URL-encoded web form POST request and responds with the rendered PDF. For

curl -d html='<p>Hello world!</p>' -d filename='test.pdf' http://localhost:5000 > output.pdf

An HTML file can also be included as multipart form data, for example:

cat sample.html | curl -F html=@- http://localhost:5000 > output.pdf

Running as Docker Container

To run the service as a Docker container:

  1. Build the Docker image:

    docker build -t printer-webservice .
  2. Run a Docker container (binding to port 5000):

    docker run -p 5000:8080 printer-webservice
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