PDF to PDF HTTP POST Reference

Conversion Format

input_format
The format of input file.
Allowed values:
  • pdf

PDF Manipulation

action
Specifies the action to be performed on the input PDFs.
Allowed values:
  • join
    Concatenate input PDFs into a single one.
  • shuffle
    Collate pages from input PDFs into a single one, take one page at a time from each input PDF. This is useful when combining two scanned documents containing odd and even pages.
Default: join
input_pdf_password
Password to open the encrypted PDF file.
Available for converters >= 20.10. See versioning.

Response

output_name
The file name of the created file (max 180 chars). If not specified then the name is auto-generated.
content_disposition
The value of the Content-Disposition HTTP header sent in the response.
Allowed values:
  • attachment
    Forces the browser to pop up a Save As dialog.
  • inline
    The browser will open the result file in the browser window.
Default: attachment

Watermark & Background

page_watermark
Apply a watermark to each page of the output PDF file. A watermark can be either a PDF or an image. If a multi-page file (PDF or TIFF) is used, the first page is used as the watermark.
Constraint:
  • The file must exist and not be empty.
Examples:
  • /home/user/john/watermark.pdf
  • /home/user/john/watermark.png
page_watermark_url
Load a file from the specified URL and apply the file as a watermark to each page of the output PDF. A watermark can be either a PDF or an image. If a multi-page file (PDF or TIFF) is used, the first page is used as the watermark.
Constraint:
  • The supported protocols are http:// and https://.
Examples:
  • http://myserver.com/watermark.pdf
  • http://myserver.com/watermark.png
multipage_watermark
Apply each page of a watermark to the corresponding page of the output PDF. A watermark can be either a PDF or an image.
Constraint:
  • The file must exist and not be empty.
Examples:
  • /home/user/john/watermark.pdf
  • /home/user/john/watermark.png
multipage_watermark_url
Load a file from the specified URL and apply each page of the file as a watermark to the corresponding page of the output PDF. A watermark can be either a PDF or an image.
Constraint:
  • The supported protocols are http:// and https://.
Examples:
  • http://myserver.com/watermark.pdf
  • http://myserver.com/watermark.png
page_background
Apply a background to each page of the output PDF file. A background can be either a PDF or an image. If a multi-page file (PDF or TIFF) is used, the first page is used as the background.
Constraint:
  • The file must exist and not be empty.
Examples:
  • /home/user/john/background.pdf
  • /home/user/john/background.png
page_background_url
Load a file from the specified URL and apply the file as a background to each page of the output PDF. A background can be either a PDF or an image. If a multi-page file (PDF or TIFF) is used, the first page is used as the background.
Constraint:
  • The supported protocols are http:// and https://.
Examples:
  • http://myserver.com/background.pdf
  • http://myserver.com/background.png
multipage_background
Apply each page of a background to the corresponding page of the output PDF. A background can be either a PDF or an image.
Constraint:
  • The file must exist and not be empty.
Examples:
  • /home/user/john/background.pdf
  • /home/user/john/background.png
multipage_background_url
Load a file from the specified URL and apply each page of the file as a background to the corresponding page of the output PDF. A background can be either a PDF or an image.
Constraint:
  • The supported protocols are http:// and https://.
Examples:
  • http://myserver.com/background.pdf
  • http://myserver.com/background.png

PDF Format

Miscellaneous values for PDF output.

linearize
Create linearized PDF. This is also known as Fast Web View.
Allowed values:
  • true, 1 or on
  • false, 0 or off
Default: false
encrypt
Encrypt the PDF. This prevents search engines from indexing the contents.
Allowed values:
  • true, 1 or on
  • false, 0 or off
Default: false
user_password
Protect the PDF with a user password. When a PDF has a user password, it must be supplied in order to view the document and to perform operations allowed by the access permissions.
Example:
  • 123456
owner_password
Protect the PDF with an owner password. Supplying an owner password grants unlimited access to the PDF including changing the passwords and access permissions.
Example:
  • 123456
no_print
Disallow printing of the output PDF.
Allowed values:
  • true, 1 or on
  • false, 0 or off
Default: false
no_modify
Disallow modification of the output PDF.
Allowed values:
  • true, 1 or on
  • false, 0 or off
Default: false
no_copy
Disallow text and graphics extraction from the output PDF.
Allowed values:
  • true, 1 or on
  • false, 0 or off
Default: false
title
Set the title of the PDF.
Example:
  • My Resume
subject
Set the subject of the PDF.
Example:
  • CV - Software Developer
author
Set the author of the PDF.
Example:
  • John Doe
keywords
Associate keywords with the document.
Example:
  • software developer, Unix, databases
use_metadata_from
Use metadata (title, subject, author and keywords) from the n-th input PDF.
Constraint:
  • Must be a positive integer number or 0.
Default: 0
Example:
  • Use metadata from the first input PDF.
    1

Viewer Preferences

These preferences specify how a PDF viewer should present the document. The preferences may be ignored by some PDF viewers.

page_layout
Specify the page layout to be used when the document is opened.
Allowed values:
  • single-page
    Display one page at a time.
  • one-column
    Display the pages in one column.
  • two-column-left
    Display the pages in two columns, with odd-numbered pages on the left.
  • two-column-right
    Display the pages in two columns, with odd-numbered pages on the right.
page_mode
Specify how the document should be displayed when opened.
Allowed values:
  • full-screen
    Full-screen mode.
  • thumbnails
    Thumbnail images are visible.
  • outlines
    Document outline is visible.
initial_zoom_type
Specify how the page should be displayed when opened.
Allowed values:
  • fit-width
    The page content is magnified just enough to fit the entire width of the page within the window.
  • fit-height
    The page content is magnified just enough to fit the entire height of the page within the window.
  • fit-page
    The page content is magnified just enough to fit the entire page within the window both horizontally and vertically. If the required horizontal and vertical magnification factors are different, use the smaller of the two, centering the page within the window in the other dimension.
initial_page
Display the specified page when the document is opened.
Constraint:
  • Must be a positive integer number.
Example:
  • 2
initial_zoom
Specify the initial page zoom in percents when the document is opened.
Constraint:
  • Must be a positive integer number.
Example:
  • 50
hide_toolbar
Specify whether to hide the viewer application's tool bars when the document is active.
Allowed values:
  • true, 1 or on
  • false, 0 or off
Default: false
hide_menubar
Specify whether to hide the viewer application's menu bar when the document is active.
Allowed values:
  • true, 1 or on
  • false, 0 or off
Default: false
hide_window_ui
Specify whether to hide user interface elements in the document's window (such as scroll bars and navigation controls), leaving only the document's contents displayed.
Allowed values:
  • true, 1 or on
  • false, 0 or off
Default: false
fit_window
Specify whether to resize the document's window to fit the size of the first displayed page.
Allowed values:
  • true, 1 or on
  • false, 0 or off
Default: false
center_window
Specify whether to position the document's window in the center of the screen.
Allowed values:
  • true, 1 or on
  • false, 0 or off
Default: false
display_title
Specify whether the window's title bar should display the document title. If false , the title bar should instead display the name of the PDF file containing the document.
Allowed values:
  • true, 1 or on
  • false, 0 or off
Default: false
right_to_left
Set the predominant reading order for text to right-to-left. This option has no direct effect on the document's contents or page numbering but can be used to determine the relative positioning of pages when displayed side by side or printed n-up
Allowed values:
  • true, 1 or on
  • false, 0 or off
Default: false

Miscellaneous

debug_log
Turn on the debug logging. Details about the conversion are stored in the debug log. The URL of the log is returned in the X-Pdfcrowd-Debug-Log response header or available in conversion statistics.
Allowed values:
  • true, 1 or on
  • false, 0 or off
Default: false
tag
Tag the conversion with a custom value. The tag is used in conversion statistics. A value longer than 32 characters is cut off.
Example:
  • client-1234