.NET Wrapper for WkHtmlToPdf static DLL. Allows you to utilize full power of the library.
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Pechkin

.NET Wrapper for WkHtmlToPdf DLL, library that uses Webkit engine to convert HTML pages to PDF.

FAQ

Q: Why produced PDF lacks background images and colors?

A: By default, all backgrounds will be ommited from the document.

You can override this setting by calling SetPrintBackground(true) on the ObjectConfig supplied with the HTML document to the Convert() method of the converter.

Q: Do I need to run wkhtmltox installer on the machine for the library to work?

A: No, latest version of wkhtmltox DLL is included in the project (and in NuGet package) along with its dependencies, and copied into build folder on project build.

So there's no need to install any prerequisites before using the library on the computer.

Q: How to build library from the code?

A: To build the library from the code, you'll need Visual Studio 2010 with NuGet package manager installed. Then, after checking out the code and opening it in VS you should restore NuGet packages: right click on the solution, select Manage NuGet Packages... and in the opened window you should see notification that some packages are missing with the button that restores them.

Alternatively you can run ``` nuget install packages.config


And then you should be able to build everything with **Build** > **Build Solution** menu item.

### Q: Why my Web App hangs on the "easy to use" code example below? ###

**A:** In Web applications new thread is typically created for each request processed. `SimplePechkin` is designed to work only within one thread, even if you create another object for every thread, so you should use `SynchronizedPechkin` instead. Just install another NuGet package and change every occurence of `SimplePechkin` to `SynchronizedPechkin`, that's it.

I will implement detection of multiple thread use of `SimplePechkin` in the future and there will be exception thrown in that case.

### Q: Why my Web App hangs/crashes even after I've started using `SynchronizedPechkin` ###

**A:** It's because of [how deploying to the IIS works](https://github.com/gmanny/Pechkin/issues/5#issuecomment-13089599): on redeploy server process doesn't stop and the native wkhtmltopdf dll stays in the memory, but everything managed is destroyed, including the only thread that this DLL can be used by.

Possible [workaround](https://github.com/gmanny/Pechkin/issues/26#issuecomment-13931795) is to set the property `Copy To Output Directory` for all `.dll` files in Pechkin (NuGet package adds them to the root of your project) to `Copy If Newer`. Otherwise it's an unresolved issue.

NuGet
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Pechkin is available in NuGet repo: in most cases you should use [SynchronizedPechkin](https://nuget.org/packages/Pechkin.Synchronized) as it protects multithreaded code from crashing the lib. But for simple usage from one thread, you can use [SimplePechkin](https://nuget.org/packages/Pechkin) directly.

Usage
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Pechkin is both easy to use

```csharp
byte[] pdfBuf = new SimplePechkin(new GlobalConfig()).Convert("<html><body><h1>Hello world!</h1></body></html>");

and functional

// create global configuration object
GlobalConfig gc = new GlobalConfig();

// set it up using fluent notation
gc.SetMargins(new Margins(300, 100, 150, 100))
  .SetDocumentTitle("Test document")
  .SetPaperSize(PaperKind.Letter);
//... etc

// create converter
IPechkin pechkin = new SynchronizedPechkin(gc);

// subscribe to events
pechkin.Begin += OnBegin;
pechkin.Error += OnError;
pechkin.Warning += OnWarning;
pechkin.PhaseChanged += OnPhase;
pechkin.ProgressChanged += OnProgress;
pechkin.Finished += OnFinished;

// create document configuration object
ObjectConfig oc = new ObjectConfig();

// and set it up using fluent notation too
oc.SetCreateExternalLinks(false)
  .SetFallbackEncoding(Encoding.ASCII)
  .SetLoadImages(false)
  .SetPageUri("http://google.com");
//... etc

// convert document
byte[] pdfBuf = pechkin.Convert(oc);

License

Copyright 2012 by Slava Kolobaev. This work is made available under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/