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README.md

Quickstart

This tool exports a Azure DevOps wiki as PDF. Therefore, you need to git clone the target wiki to a computer. You can get the clone link of the wiki in the top right of the wiki homepage: Clone a wiki

To clone this wiki, use the following command: git clone https://dev.azure.com/mmelcher/AzureDevOps.WikiPDFExport/_git/AzureDevOps.WikiPDFExport.wiki

The result should look like this: Cloned wiki repository

Once you have cloned the wiki, you must download the Azure DevOps WikiPDFExport tool. azuredevops-export-wiki.exe (~40MB)

You can drop it right into the cloned folder and execute it there. Launched without parameters, the tool will detect all wiki files next to it and convert it to a PDF called export.pdf right next to it. Similar to this pdf.

If you need more control over the output, please see the Configuration Options below or by launching the tool with --help parameter.

Features

The tool currently supports the following:

  • Export all wiki pages (and sub pages) in the correct order including styles and formatting.
  • Includes pictures (remote and relative urls)
  • Creates PDF bookmarks to all pages for easier navigation within the PDF
  • If you link to other wiki pages, the link in the PDF will work, too.
  • Everything self-contained. Download the .exe file, run it, done.
  • Tool can be used as part of a build, see BuildTask
  • It is fast. A PDF with 160 pages is created in less than a second.

Requirements

The tool is developed as .NET Core 2.2 application, therefore you need to have the runtime installed. Download is available here.

Download

The download is available here

Configuration Options

-h / --help

Help - outputs the parameters that can be used

-o / --output

The path to the export file including the filename, e.g. c:\export.pdf

-d / --date

The current date will be added to the footer

-b / --breakPage

For every wiki page a new page in the PDF will be created

-h / --heading

For every wiki page create a heading in the PDF. If the file is called Home.md a new #Home-heading is added to PDF.

-s / --single

Path to a single markdown file to convert to PDF. If you want to write your changelog in the wiki, this is your parameter to only convert a single page. -p parameter is required, too.

-p / --path

Path to the wiki folder. If not provided, the current folder of the executable is used.

-v / --verbose

Verbose mode. Logging will added to the console window

-d / --debug

Debug mode. Logs tons of stuff and even exports the intermediate html file

--pathToHeading

Add path of the file to the header

--footer-left, --footer-center, --footer-right, --header-left, --header-center, --header-right,

Headers and footers can be added to the document by the --header-* and --footer* arguments respectfully. In header and footer text string supplied to e.g. --header-left, the following variables will be substituted.

  • [page] Replaced by the number of the pages currently being printed
  • [frompage] Replaced by the number of the first page to be printed
  • [topage] Replaced by the number of the last page to be printed
  • [webpage] Replaced by the URL of the page being printed
  • [section] Replaced by the name of the current section
  • [subsection] Replaced by the name of the current subsection
  • [date] Replaced by the current date in system local format
  • [isodate] Replaced by the current date in ISO 8601 extended format
  • [time] Replaced by the current time in system local format
  • [title] Replaced by the title of the of the current page object
  • [doctitle] Replaced by the title of the output document
  • [sitepage] Replaced by the number of the page in the current site being converted
  • [sitepages] Replaced by the number of pages in the current site being converted

Limitations

So far the following limitations are known:

  • TOC (Table of Contents) tag is not supported and will exported as tag
  • The tool, sometimes shows an error "Qt: Could not initialize OLE (error 80010106)" - this can be ignored.
  • If headers are not formatted properly (#Header instead of # Header), they are rendered incorrectly. I might fix that in the future.
  • The tool lacks proper testing because I only have two wikis available

License

See license

Telemetry

The tool uses Application Insights for basic telemetry:

  • The duration of the export and the count of wiki pages is tracked and submitted to Azure.
  • In the case of an error, the exception is submitted.
  • No wiki data/content is submitted.

Thanks

In this tool uses open source libraries that do the actual work - I just combined them to get the export as PDF:

  1. CommandLineParser to parse the command line
  2. MarkDig to parse markdown files to HTML.
  3. DinkToPdf to export HTML to PDF
  4. dotnet-warp to release a self-contained exe file
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