I need to generate PDF documents from some data and I also need some templating functionality. I have expirience with npm package pdfkit, but this package not support templates.

It would be nice if I will be able to make HTML or XML templates.

Any recommendations? (Not deprecated)?

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Use JS to write HTML Files, put these on a webserver that runs on localhost (or some webserver where you can upload files to). Call Google Chrome in headless mode to convert HTML to PDF:

URL=https://localhost:8000/myfile-created-from-js.html         # some HTML file
OUTFILE=myfile-created-from-js.pdf                             # PDF file
google-chrome --disable-gpu --headless $URL --print-to-pdf     # HTML 2 PDF
mv output.pdf  $OUTFILE                                        # rename PDF

I think that initially the file will always be called output.pdf, so you have to rename it.

You can start a webserver on localhost with

'python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8000 > /tmp/simple-web-server.log 2>&1 &'


This project is a great match for what you want to do.


Blog describing the project: https://www.pdftron.com/blog/react/react-to-pdf/

Disclaimer this is from my company, but the web-to-pdf project is GNU AFFERO GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE and allows commercial use.

  • It is using puppeteer, and I do not want to convert Recat components. But thanks :) I can use puppeteer alone then.
    – Baterka
    Commented Oct 19, 2019 at 10:15
  • React was just used for the blog post. The github project has no mention/reference to React. Yes, you can use Puppeteer alone.
    – Ryan
    Commented Oct 21, 2019 at 18:10

https://parall.ax/products/jspdf What about this one? This is also javascript based, and provides templates.

  • You could improve your answer by providing some highlights. Commented Jan 2, 2023 at 11:24

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