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notion-md-pdf

Converts pages exported from Notion as Markdown into PDF files using the command line due to browser rendering issues.

Rationale

Provided by default within the application, Notion's "Export -> Print as PDF" functionality only allows a single page to be printed to PDF at a time. As a result, formatting issues occur in most cases (e.g. multiline code snippets) from the browser attempting to render the markup unsuccessfully.

Process

Markdown Files (ZIP) -> marked -> HTML Files -> wkhtmltoPDF -> PDF Files

The methodology used by this tool is simply to take exported Markdown pages from Notion, individually or in bulk, uncompress the downloaded archive and then process each by first parsing into HTML using marked and then converting to PDF using wkhtmltopdf.

Note: wkhtmltopdf is used instead of other PhantomJS-based methods which seem to suffer some similar defects (#10373, #10669, #13524) as the browser, even though both are using the QtWebKit rendering engine.

Installation

Use your ideal package manager for Node and install globally.

Yarn

yarn global add notion-md-pdf

NPM

npm install notion-md-pdf -g

Usage

Call the following shell command with the desired zip archive as the first argument.

notion-md-pdf Export-XXXXXX.zip
# Conversion completed: ~/Document-Name-XXXXXX-1.pdf

Supported Operating Systems

Windows (64-bit), Mac OS X (64-bit), and Linux (32-bit) (64-bit) OS are supported.

Based on the version of wkhtmltopdf that is downloaded from a CDN by the post installation script.

Contributing

Feel free to submit a pull request at any time.

License

This project is licensed under the MIT License - see the LICENSE file for details