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    HTML to PDF converter that uses phantomjs

    Example Business Card
    -> and its Source file

    Example Receipt


    Have a look at the releases page:


    Install the html-pdf utility via npm:

    $ npm install -g html-pdf

    Command-line example

    $ html-pdf test/businesscard.html businesscard.pdf

    Code example

    var fs = require('fs');
    var pdf = require('html-pdf');
    var html = fs.readFileSync('./test/businesscard.html', 'utf8');
    var options = { format: 'Letter' };
    pdf.create(html, options).toFile('./businesscard.pdf', function(err, res) {
      if (err) return console.log(err);
      console.log(res); // { filename: '/app/businesscard.pdf' }


    var pdf = require('html-pdf');
    pdf.create(html).toFile([filepath, ]function(err, res){
    pdf.create(html).toStream(function(err, stream){
    pdf.create(html).toBuffer(function(err, buffer){
      console.log('This is a buffer:', Buffer.isBuffer(buffer));
    // for backwards compatibility
    // alias to pdf.create(html[, options]).toBuffer(callback)
    pdf.create(html [, options], function(err, buffer){});

    Footers and Headers

    html-pdf can read the header or footer either out of the footer and header config object or out of the html source. You can either set a default header & footer or overwrite that by appending a page number (1 based index) to the id="pageHeader" attribute of a html tag.

    You can use any combination of those tags. The library tries to find any element, that contains the pageHeader or pageFooter id prefix.

    <div id="pageHeader">Default header</div>
    <div id="pageHeader-first">Header on first page</div>
    <div id="pageHeader-2">Header on second page</div>
    <div id="pageHeader-3">Header on third page</div>
    <div id="pageHeader-last">Header on last page</div>
    <div id="pageFooter">Default footer</div>
    <div id="pageFooter-first">Footer on first page</div>
    <div id="pageFooter-2">Footer on second page</div>
    <div id="pageFooter-last">Footer on last page</div>


    config = {
      // Export options
      "directory": "/tmp",       // The directory the file gets written into if not using .toFile(filename, callback). default: '/tmp'
      // Papersize Options:
      "height": "10.5in",        // allowed units: mm, cm, in, px
      "width": "8in",            // allowed units: mm, cm, in, px
      - or -
      "format": "Letter",        // allowed units: A3, A4, A5, Legal, Letter, Tabloid
      "orientation": "portrait", // portrait or landscape
      // Page options
      "border": "0",             // default is 0, units: mm, cm, in, px
      - or -
      "border": {
        "top": "2in",            // default is 0, units: mm, cm, in, px
        "right": "1in",
        "bottom": "2in",
        "left": "1.5in"
      paginationOffset: 1,       // Override the initial pagination number
      "header": {
        "height": "45mm",
        "contents": '<div style="text-align: center;">Author: Marc Bachmann</div>'
      "footer": {
        "height": "28mm",
        "contents": {
          first: 'Cover page',
          2: 'Second page', // Any page number is working. 1-based index
          default: '<span style="color: #444;">{{page}}</span>/<span>{{pages}}</span>', // fallback value
          last: 'Last Page'
      // Rendering options
      "base": "file:///home/www/your-asset-path/", // Base path that's used to load files (images, css, js) when they aren't referenced using a host
      // Zooming option, can be used to scale images if `options.type` is not pdf
      "zoomFactor": "1", // default is 1
      // File options
      "type": "pdf",           // allowed file types: png, jpeg, pdf
      "quality": "75",         // only used for types png & jpeg
      // Script options
      "phantomPath": "./node_modules/phantomjs/bin/phantomjs", // PhantomJS binary which should get downloaded automatically
      "phantomArgs": [], // array of strings used as phantomjs args e.g. ["--ignore-ssl-errors=yes"]
      "localUrlAccess": false, // Prevent local file:// access by passing '--local-url-access=false' to phantomjs
                               // For security reasons you should keep the default value if you render arbritary html/js.
      "script": '/url',        // Absolute path to a custom phantomjs script, use the file in lib/scripts as example
      "timeout": 30000,        // Timeout that will cancel phantomjs, in milliseconds
      // Time we should wait after window load
      // accepted values are 'manual', some delay in milliseconds or undefined to wait for a render event
      "renderDelay": 1000,
      // HTTP Headers that are used for requests
      "httpHeaders": {
        // e.g.
        "Authorization": "Bearer ACEFAD8C-4B4D-4042-AB30-6C735F5BAC8B"
      // To run Node application as Windows service
      "childProcessOptions": {
        "detached": true
      // HTTP Cookies that are used for requests
      "httpCookies": [
        // e.g.
          "name": "Valid-Cookie-Name", // required
          "value": "Valid-Cookie-Value", // required
          "domain": "localhost",
          "path": "/foo", // required
          "httponly": true,
          "secure": false,
          "expires": (new Date()).getTime() + (1000 * 60 * 60) // e.g. expires in 1 hour

    The full options object gets converted to JSON and will get passed to the phantomjs script as third argument.
    There are more options concerning the paperSize, header & footer options inside the phantomjs script.


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