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    Grab a URL and convert the HTML to PDF using PhantomJS for better rendering


    npm install url2pdf --save



    var url2pdf = require("url2pdf");
        	console.log("Rendered pdf @", path);

    In Express route as a download

    var url2pdf = require("url2pdf");
    function myRoute(req, res){
            .then(function (path) {

    PDF From HTML String

    So you have made your html in Jade etc and now you want to just turn it into a PDF without creating a whole website just for this purpose? Easy! Just do as below:

    var url2pdf = require("url2pdf");
    url2pdf.renderFromHTML("<html><body><h1>HELLO WORLD</h1></body></html>")
        	console.log("Rendered pdf @", path);

    Configuration options

    You can set the configuration options globally by editing the url2pdf.opts object. The default settings are shown below

      paperSize: {format: "A4", orientation: 'portrait', margin: '1cm'}, //Pretty self explanatory, adjust as needed
      saveDir: path.join(__dirname, "pdfTemp"), //This is where the temporary files will be kept 
      idLength: 30 //The length of the file ID, adjust if you need to avoid conflicts or just want smaller filenames

    If you want to just edit the settings for one render, you can do this by passing in just the object fields you want to change as the second argument:

    url2pdf.renderPdf("http://www.google.com", {paperSize: {orientation: "landscape"}})


    url2pdf comes with an auto cleanup function that will scan files in your temp directory and delete old ones as necessary. This is optional and should be used at your own risk (ie don't point the temp directory anywhere stupid!);

    To use it call the following function, passing in the age in seconds you would like to delete

    url2pdf.cleanUp(5); //Clean up all files older than 5 seconds

    Fonts/Page Too large?

    There is a problem with PhantomJS related to this very long thread: https://github.com/ariya/phantomjs/issues/12685

    This is the hacky workaround for the moment:

    html {
        zoom: 0.55; /*workaround for phantomJS2 rendering pages too large*/

    Known bugs

    There is a problem with rendering images when using HTML render mode. I'm pretty sure it has to do with the images still being prepared by PhantomJS when the callback happens but haven't managed to get to the bottom of it yet. Any help would be much appreciated! See the example.js for demo.


    Don't really have unit tests. To test it out you can run node example.js which is what is used to make sure its all clicking together. If you are contributing code - at the very least run it to make sure it all seems ok


    npm i url2pdf

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