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Convert files to PDF using Puppeteer (Chromium)
/*
Convert files to PDF using Puppeteer (Chromium)
Copyright (c) 2020 Valentin-Gabriel Radu
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-----
This example shows how to convert various file types to pdf using the built-in 'Save
to PDF' feature from Chromium. This is needlessly too complicated because Google
decided to crap out the command line of the browser.
For my usecase, I converted a bunch of SVGX files (which represented pages from a book)
to individual PDF files which in the end I merged into a single PDF file.
To install required dependencies, on Ubuntu run:
sudo apt install npm libatk-bridge2.0-0 libgbm1 libxss1 libgtk-3-0 default-jre
npm install puppeteer
npm install easy-pdf-merge
To run this unmodified example, execute the following:
node download.js 2 book.pdf
This will look for p1.svgx, and p2.svgx, convert them to 1.pdf, and 2.pdf respectively,
and merge those two PDFs into a single one called book.pdf. Customize according to your
needs, this is just a proof of concept.
Thanks
*/
const fs = require('fs');
const puppeteer = require("puppeteer");
const merge = require('easy-pdf-merge');
// based on https://stackoverflow.com/questions/48966246/how-to-hide-margins-in-headless-chrome-generated-pdf
(async () => {
const browser = await puppeteer.launch();
const page = await browser.newPage();
var filenames = [];
for (var i = 1; i <= process.argv[2]; i++) {
const image = 'data:image/svg+xml;base64,' + base64_encode(`p${i}.svgz`);
const test_html = `<html><head><style type="text/css">body { margin:0; }</style></head><body><img src="${image}"></body></html>`;
await page.goto(`data:text/html,${test_html}`, { waitUntil: 'networkidle0' });
const filename = `${i}.pdf`;
filenames.push(filename);
await page.pdf({
path: filename,
format: "A4",
printBackground: false,
displayHeaderFooter: false,
margin: {
left: 0,
top: 0,
right: 0,
bottom: 0
}
});
console.log("Processed: " + i);
}
await browser.close();
await mergeMultiplePDF(filenames);
})();
// as suggested at https://github.com/puppeteer/puppeteer/issues/1643
function base64_encode(file) {
var bitmap = fs.readFileSync(file);
return new Buffer(bitmap).toString('base64');
}
// taken from https://stackoverflow.com/questions/48510210/puppeteer-generate-pdf-from-multiple-htmls
const mergeMultiplePDF = (pdfFiles) => {
return new Promise((resolve, reject) => {
merge(pdfFiles,process.argv[3],function(err){
if(err){
console.log(err);
reject(err)
}
console.log('Saved as: ' + process.argv[3]);
resolve()
});
});
};
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