HTML to PDF converter via Chrome/Chromium

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html-pdf-chrome

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HTML to PDF converter via Chrome/Chromium.

Prerequisites

  • Latest Chrome/Chromium (latest recommended, 61 or higher required but some features may not work)
  • Windows, macOS, or Linux
  • Node.js v6 or later

Installation

npm install --save html-pdf-chrome

Usage

Note: It is strongly recommended that you keep Chrome running side-by-side with Node.js. There is significant overhead starting up Chrome for each PDF generation which can be easily avoided.

It's suggested to use pm2 to ensure Chrome continues to run. If it crashes, it will restart automatically.

As of this writing, headless Chrome uses about 65mb of RAM while idle.

# install pm2 globally
npm install -g pm2
# start Chrome and be sure to specify a port to use in the html-pdf-chrome options.
pm2 start google-chrome \
  --interpreter none \
  -- \
  --headless \
  --disable-gpu \
  --disable-translate \
  --disable-extensions \
  --disable-background-networking \
  --safebrowsing-disable-auto-update \
  --disable-sync \
  --metrics-recording-only \
  --disable-default-apps \
  --no-first-run \
  --mute-audio \
  --hide-scrollbars \
  --remote-debugging-port=<port goes here>
# run your Node.js app.

TypeScript:

import * as htmlPdf from 'html-pdf-chrome';

const html = '<p>Hello, world!</p>';
const options: htmlPdf.CreateOptions = {
  port: 9222, // port Chrome is listening on
};

// async
const pdf = await htmlPdf.create(html, options);
await pdf.toFile('test.pdf');
const base64 = pdf.toBase64();
const buffer = pdf.toBuffer();

// Promise
htmlPdf.create(html, options).then((pdf) => pdf.toFile('test.pdf'));
htmlPdf.create(html, options).then((pdf) => pdf.toBase64());
htmlPdf.create(html, options).then((pdf) => pdf.toBuffer());

JavaScript:

const htmlPdf = require('html-pdf-chrome');

const html = '<p>Hello, world!</p>';
const options = {
  port: 9222, // port Chrome is listening on
};

htmlPdf.create(html, options).then((pdf) => pdf.toFile('test.pdf'));
htmlPdf.create(html, options).then((pdf) => pdf.toBase64());
htmlPdf.create(html, options).then((pdf) => pdf.toBuffer());

View the full documentation in the source code.

Using an External Site

import * as htmlPdf from 'html-pdf-chrome';

const options: htmlPdf.CreateOptions = {
  port: 9222, // port Chrome is listening on
};

const url = 'https://github.com/westy92/html-pdf-chrome';
const pdf = await htmlPdf.create(url, options);

Using a Template Engine

Pug (formerly known as Jade)

import * as htmlPdf from 'html-pdf-chrome';
import * as pug from 'pug';

const template = pug.compile('p Hello, #{noun}!');
const templateData = {
  noun: 'world',
};
const options: htmlPdf.CreateOptions = {
  port: 9222, // port Chrome is listening on
};

const html = template(templateData);
const pdf = await htmlPdf.create(html, options);

Custom Headers and Footers

Note: Requires Chrome 65 or later.

You can optionally provide an HTML template for a custom header and/or footer.

A few classes can be used to inject printing values:

  • date - formatted print date
  • title - document title
  • url - document location
  • pageNumber - current page number
  • totalPages - total pages in the document

You can tweak the margins with the printOptions of marginTop, marginBottom, marginLeft, and marginRight.

At this time, you must inline any images using base64 encoding.

You can view how Chrome lays out the templates here.

Example

const pdf = await htmlPdf.create(html, {
  port,
  printOptions: {
    displayHeaderFooter: true,
    headerTemplate: `
      <div class="text center">
        Page <span class="pageNumber"></span> of <span class="totalPages"></span>
      </div>
    `,
    footerTemplate: '<div class="text center">Custom footer!</div>',
  },
});

Trigger Render Completion

There are a few CompletionTrigger types that wait for something to occur before triggering PDF printing.

  • Callback - waits for a callback to be called
  • Element - waits for an element to be injected into the DOM
  • Event - waits for an Event to fire
  • Timer - waits a specified amount of time
  • Variable - waits for a variable to be set to true
  • Custom - extend htmlPdf.CompletionTrigger.CompletionTrigger
const options: htmlPdf.CreateOptions = {
  port: 9222, // port Chrome is listening on
  completionTrigger: new htmlPdf.CompletionTrigger.Timer(5000), // milliseconds
};

// Alternative completionTrigger options:
new htmlPdf.CompletionTrigger.Callback(
  'cbName', // optional, name of the callback to define for the browser to call when finished rendering.  Defaults to 'htmlPdfCb'.
  5000 // optional, timeout (milliseconds)
),

new htmlPdf.CompletionTrigger.Element(
  'div#myElement', // name of the DOM element to wait for
  5000 // optional, timeout (milliseconds)
),

new htmlPdf.CompletionTrigger.Event(
  'myEvent', // name of the event to listen for
  '#myElement', // optional DOM element CSS selector to listen on, defaults to body
  5000 // optional timeout (milliseconds)
),

new htmlPdf.CompletionTrigger.Variable(
  'myVarName', // optional, name of the variable to wait for.  Defaults to 'htmlPdfDone'
  5000 // optional, timeout (milliseconds)
),

License

html-pdf-chrome is released under the MIT License.