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Generate PDF from HTML page with CSS support

For the generation of the PDF from any HTML page the Qt's webkit can be used. The project home:

It works like a browser, which send the page on virtual pdf printer. The result is very close to the source page.


  • QT 4.4 or above (Runtime dep)
  • CMake 2.6 or above (Compiletime dep)
  • Subvertion (For SVN builds)


svn checkout http://wkhtmltopdf.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/ wkhtmltopdf
cd wkhtmltopdf
make install


To convert a remote HTML file to PDF:

wkhtmltopdf http://www.google.com google.pdf

To convert a local HTML file to PDF:

wkhtmltopdf my.html my.pdf

You can also convert to PS files if you like:

wkhtmltopdf my.html my.ps

Usage as server-side console application in the scripts

  • Firstly you should install the “Xvfb” server. It's required because the wkhtmltopdf application will require an X11 server. Please note that you have to add this service to the auto-loading, but for the tests you can run:
/usr/bin/Xvfb :0 -screen 0 1024x768x24 -ac
  • Run the following command to test the PDF generation:
DISPLAY=":0.0" wkhtmltopdf http://www.arscommunity.com community.pdf
  • Use exec in your php script:
function func_generate_pdf($in_file, $out_file) {
 $exec = sprintf('DISPLAY="%s" %s %s %s', ':0.0', 'wkhtmltopdf', $in_file, $out_file);
 exec($exec, $result);


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