HTML to Image with HTTP POST

Overview

The Pdfcrowd API is HTTP-based, the communication is made through normal HTTP requests. You can call the API by sending an HTTP request to the API server address with options passed as POST data.

The POST request's content type must be multipart/form-data if the request includes any local files. Otherwise application/x-www-form-urlencoded can be used as well.

You can also check out our API client libraries if you want to implement the API in your favorite programming language.

Samples

Authentication

Authentication is needed in order to use the Pdfcrowd API. The credentials used for accessing the API are your Pdfcrowd username and the API key.

The authentication method for user credentials is HTTP Basic Access Authentication. You provide your credentials every time you make a request.

You can try out the API without registration using the following demo credentials:
  • Username: demo
  • API key: ce544b6ea52a5621fb9d55f8b542d14d

To get your personal API credentials, you can start a free API trial or buy the API license.

Server Address

The server address is https://api.pdfcrowd.com/convert/20.10/

Other addresses can be used:

  • https://api.pdfcrowd.com/convert/latest/ is for the latest converter version.
  • https://api.pdfcrowd.com/convert/20.10/ is for version 20.10.
  • https://api.pdfcrowd.com/convert/18.10/ is for version 18.10.
  • https://api.pdfcrowd.com/convert/ is a shortcut for version 18.10.

Both HTTP and HTTPS protocols are supported.

Getting Started

Enter a web page or upload an HTML file to get an image preview and integration code that you can copy and paste to your application.

Or you can choose from the examples below and adapt the code to your needs. You can also interactively explore the API in the API Playground.

Examples

curl -f -u "demo:ce544b6ea52a5621fb9d55f8b542d14d" \
    -o "example.png" \
    -F "output_format=png" \
    -F "url=http://www.example.com" \
    https://api.pdfcrowd.com/convert/20.10/
curl -f -u "demo:ce544b6ea52a5621fb9d55f8b542d14d" \
    -o "MyLayout.png" \
    -F "output_format=png" \
    -F "file=@/path/to/MyLayout.html" \
    https://api.pdfcrowd.com/convert/20.10/
curl -f -u "demo:ce544b6ea52a5621fb9d55f8b542d14d" \
    -o "HelloWorld.png" \
    -F "output_format=png" \
    --form-string "text=<html><body><h1>Hello World!</h1></body></html>" \
    https://api.pdfcrowd.com/convert/20.10/

# or use custom HTML producer
html_producer | curl -u "demo:ce544b6ea52a5621fb9d55f8b542d14d" \
    -o "HelloWorld.png" \
    -F "output_format=png" \
    -F "text=<-" \
    https://api.pdfcrowd.com/convert/20.10/

Integration Examples

The API can be easily integrated into your environment. You can have our interactive API Playground autogenerate the integration code for you:

Common Customizations

The API lets you convert a web page, a local HTML file, or a string containing HTML.

The best way to start with the API is to choose one of the examples and once you get it working, you can further customize the code. You can find the most common customizations in the table below.

Image size Set image dimensions with screenshot_width and screenshot_height.
Image format Specify a different output image format with output_format.
Hide or remove elements You can use the following classes in your HTML code to hide or remove elements from the output:
  • pdfcrowd-remove - sets display:none!important on the element
  • pdfcrowd-hide - sets visibility:hidden!important on the element
Learn about other options.
Use @media print You can switch to the print version of the page (if it exists) with use_print_media.
Run custom JavaScript You can use on_load_javascript or custom_javascript to alter the HTML contents with a custom JavaScript. In addition to the standard browser APIs, the custom JavaScript code can use helper functions from our JavaScript library .
Custom CSS styling You can alter CSS styling used during conversion with a custom JavaScript or using the pdfcrowd-body CSS class, which is automatically set on the HTML <body> element. You can, for example, set the H1 height to 48px by adding the following line to your CSS:
.pdfcrowd-body h1 { font-size: 48px; }

Template Rendering

The API enables rendering of HTML templates. The template syntax is based on the Jinja template rendering engine.

The most common constructs are:

  • Data rendering: Invoice: {{ invoice.number }}
  • For loop: {% for invoice in invoices %} ... {% endfor %}
  • If statement: {% if invoice.total > 100 %} ... {% endif %}
  • Data filter: {{ invoice.to.first_name|capitalize }}

The supported input data formats are JSON, XML, CSV and YAML. The data can be uploaded from a file or from a string variable.

Supported template filters: capitalize, center, default, escape, first, forceescape, format, indent, join, last, length, list, lower, replace, reverse, safe, slice, sort, string, striptags, title, trim, truncate, unique, upper, wordcount, wordwrap.

Template Rendering Examples

curl -f -u "{{ user_name }}:{{ api_key }}" \
    -o "output.pdf" \
    --form-string "data_string={
            \"name\": \"World\",
            \"product\": \"Pdfcrowd API\"
        }" \
    --form-string "text=Hello {{ name }} from {{ product }}" \
    https://api.pdfcrowd.com/convert/20.10/

# or use custom HTML producer
html_producer | curl -u "{{ user_name }}:{{ api_key }}" \
    -o "output.pdf" \
    --form-string "data_string={
            \"name\": \"World\",
            \"product\": \"Pdfcrowd API\"
        }" \
    -F "text=<-" \
    https://api.pdfcrowd.com/convert/20.10/
curl -f -u "{{ user_name }}:{{ api_key }}" \
    -o "output.pdf" \
    --form-string "data_string=<?xml version=\"1.0\" encoding=\"UTF-8\"?>
        <data>
          <name>World</name>
          <product>Pdfcrowd API</product>
        </data>" \
    --form-string "text=Hello {{ data.name }} from {{ data.product }}" \
    https://api.pdfcrowd.com/convert/20.10/

# or use custom HTML producer
html_producer | curl -u "{{ user_name }}:{{ api_key }}" \
    -o "output.pdf" \
    --form-string "data_string=<?xml version=\"1.0\" encoding=\"UTF-8\"?>
        <data>
          <name>World</name>
          <product>Pdfcrowd API</product>
        </data>" \
    -F "text=<-" \
    https://api.pdfcrowd.com/convert/20.10/
curl -f -u "{{ user_name }}:{{ api_key }}" \
    -o "output.pdf" \
    -F "data_string=name: World
product: Pdfcrowd API" \
    --form-string "text=Hello {{ name }} from {{ product }}" \
    https://api.pdfcrowd.com/convert/20.10/

# or use custom HTML producer
html_producer | curl -u "{{ user_name }}:{{ api_key }}" \
    -o "output.pdf" \
    -F "data_string=name: World
product: Pdfcrowd API" \
    -F "text=<-" \
    https://api.pdfcrowd.com/convert/20.10/
curl -f -u "{{ user_name }}:{{ api_key }}" \
    -o "output.pdf" \
    -F "data_string=name,product
World,Pdfcrowd API" \
    --form-string "text=Hello {{ name }} from {{ product }}" \
    https://api.pdfcrowd.com/convert/20.10/

# or use custom HTML producer
html_producer | curl -u "{{ user_name }}:{{ api_key }}" \
    -o "output.pdf" \
    -F "data_string=name,product
World,Pdfcrowd API" \
    -F "text=<-" \
    https://api.pdfcrowd.com/convert/20.10/

Response Headers

HTTP response can contain the following headers.
You can find details about each conversion in your conversion log.

Name Description
X-Pdfcrowd-Debug-Log URL to the debug log
X-Pdfcrowd-Remaining-Credits the number of available conversion credits in your account
X-Pdfcrowd-Consumed-Credits the number of credits consumed by the conversion
X-Pdfcrowd-Job-Id the unique ID of the conversion
X-Pdfcrowd-Pages the total number of pages in the output document
X-Pdfcrowd-Output-Size the size of the output in bytes

Troubleshooting

  • List of API Status Codes if an error code is returned.
  • You can use debug_log to get detailed info about the conversion, such as conversion errors, time, console output.
  • You can use our JavaScript library to resolve rendering problems, such as missing content or blank pages.
    Just use custom_javascript with libPdfcrowd.highlightHtmlElements method call to visualize all HTML elements. See the backgrounds example , borders example and helper JavaScript library documentation.
  • The maximum size of the created image is 65 megapixels. Larger images are cropped vertically.
  • Take a look at the FAQ section.
  • Are you missing a feature? Contact us, we look forward to your suggestions.

POST Parameter Reference

Refer for details to the POST Parameter Reference.