HtmlPackager is a tiny standalone Windows Exe or .NET component that allows you to package content from a URL as a self-contained, local HTML file that can be saved and viewed offline.
The packager can create:
- A single, large self-contained HTML File
- An HTML file with external, local assets
- A Zip package of the latter file and folder assets
This library is provided as a .NET Library, a small Windows .NET 4.5 Cosole executable and as a cross-platform .NET SDK Tool:
The packager works with:
- Web Urls
- Local HTML Files
There are two packaging modes:
Package to a single file
All related resources are downloaded and embedded into the HTML content. CSS is embedded as text while images, scripts and url resources are embedded as base64 data links. The result is one very large HTML document that contains all resources embedded.
HTML file plus loose Resource Files
Produces an HTML file plus all CSS, Script, images, fonts as loose files stored in the same folder as the HTML. An option also allows packaging the folder as a Zip file.
The .NET library allows embedding of the packaging functionality into your own applicaitons. It is very small and self-contained and can be easily added to another project with two source files, or you can use NuGet to include the binaries. The library has an external dependency on HtmlAgilityPack for HTML parsing.
Supported .NET Targets:
- .NET 4.5+
- .NET Standard 2.0
Standalone Command Line Tools
There are a also a small Windows .NET 4.5 Cosole executable and as a cross-platform .NET SDK Tool that allow you to run this tool from the command line.
HtmlPackager Windows Console Application
The HTML Packager is available as a self contained Windows Console application (ILMerged single file EXE) in
HtmlPackager.exe which you can download and copy as needed.
Alternately you can also use the Chocolatey package:
choco install HtmlPackager
Cross Platform .NET SDK Global Tool
You can also install the cross-platform the
dotnet-htmlpackager Nuget package that installs as a .NET SDK Global tool that can be globally executed as
htmlpackager once installed on Windows, Mac and Linux as long as you have the .NET SDK 2.1 or later installed.
To install the tool:
dotnet tool install -g dotnet-htmlpackager
dotnet tool uninstall -g dotnet-htmlpackager
Command Line Options
The tool allows for a number of command line options to determine how output is returned from a URL.
Syntax: ------- HtmlPackager <sourceUrl> -o <outputFile> [-x|-z] -d Commands: --------- HELP || /? This help display Options: -------- sourceUrl Source Url or local file to an HTML document -o <outputFile> Output HTML file or Zip file (-z) (if output file is not provided output is sent to StdOut) -x Create external dependencies in folder of HTML document -z Create zip file with all dependencies included in zip -d Display generated HTML page or Zip file
The following are a few examples you can try to capture output.
Create a single self-contained HTML document from a URL and display in your browser:
HtmlPackager https://markdownmonster.west-wind.com -o c:\temp\mm-output.html -d
Create an HTML file from a URL with all dependencies stored as loose files in the output file's folder (
-x) and display in your browser (
HtmlPackager https://weblog.west-wind.com -o c:\temp\west-wind.html -x -d
Create a self-contained HTML file from a local HTML file:
HtmlPackager %userprofile%\Documents\myapp\somePage.html -o %TEMP%\app_saved.html
Note that environment variables in paths are autoexpanded - use whatever syntax is appropriate for your OS.
Package to a Zip file:
HtmlPackager https://github.com -o c:\temp\github-home.zip -z -d
.NET Library and C# Source Code
The packager is also avalailable as a NuGet package you can add to your project.
Installation via NuGet
You can install this library from NuGet:
dotnet add package Westwind.HtmlPackager
The following are various usage examples for packaging HTML from files or Web URLs into the two package formats.
Capture HTML File to embedded HTML as String
The following captures the HTML to a single file string from a local file on disk:
var inputFile = Path.Combine(Path.GetTempPath(), "_MarkdownMonster_Preview.html"); var packager = new HtmlPackager(); string packaged = packager.PackageHtml(inputFile); string outputFile = InputFile.Replace(".html", "_PACKAGED.html"); File.WriteAllText(outputFile, packaged); Console.WriteLine(packaged);
Capture HTML File to embedded HTML as File
var inputFile = Path.Combine(Path.GetTempPath(), "_MarkdownMonster_Preview.html"); string outputFile = InputFile.Replace(".html", "_PACKAGED.html"); var packager = new HtmlPackager(); string packaged = packager.PackageHtmlToFile(inputFile,outputFile); // display html in browser Utils.GoUrl(outputFile);
Capture Web Url to single File
var packager = new HtmlPackager(); string packaged = packager.PackageHtml("https://west-wind.com"); string outputFile = InputFile.Replace(".html", "_PACKAGED.html"); File.WriteAllText(outputFile, packaged); ShellUtils.GoUrl(outputFile);
Capture File to HTML File + Loose Resources
var packager = new HtmlPackager(); string outputFile = @"c:\temp\GeneratedHtml\Output.html"; bool result = packager.PackageHtmlToFolder(@"c:\temp\tmpFiles\_MarkdownMonster_Preview.html", outputFile, null, true); Assert.IsTrue(result); // Display html in browser Utils.GoUrl(outputFile);
Capture Web Url to HTML File + Loose Resources
var packager = new HtmlPackager(); string outputFile = @"c:\temp\GeneratedHtml\Output.html"; bool result = packager.PackageHtmlToFolder("http://west-wind.com/", outputFile, null, true); ShellUtils.GoUrl(outputFile);
The Westwind.HtmlPackager library is license under the MIT License and there's no charge to use, integrate or modify the code for this project. You are free to use it in personal, commercial, government and any other type of application.
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