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Generate simple PDF from HTML

chuongtrh profile image Chuongtran ・2 min read

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Generate simple PDF invoice from HTML using puppeteer & handlebars

Invoice

Introduce

  • Puppeteer

    Puppeteer is Node.js library giving you access to a headless Chrome browser. This makes it a breeze to generate PDF files with Node.js

  • Handlebars

    Handlebars provides the power necessary to let you build semantic templates effectively with no frustration

How to use

  • Run npm install to install package in package.json
  • Run node pdf.js to generate invoice.pdf

The PDF Invoice from HTML

  1. Prepare content html (invoice.html)
  2. Using handlebars to binding data to content html
  3. Using Puppeteer to generate pdf from final html
const fs = require("fs");
const path = require("path");
const puppeteer = require('puppeteer');
const handlebars = require("handlebars");

(async () => {

    var dataBinding = {
        items: [{
                name: "item 1",
                price: 100
            },
            {
                name: "item 2",
                price: 200
            },
            {
                name: "item 3",
                price: 300
            }
        ],
        total: 600,
        isWatermark: false
    }

    var templateHtml = fs.readFileSync(path.join(process.cwd(), 'invoice.html'), 'utf8');
    var template = handlebars.compile(templateHtml);
    var finalHtml = template(dataBinding);
    var options = {
        format: 'A4',
        headerTemplate: "<p></p>",
        footerTemplate: "<p></p>",
        displayHeaderFooter: false,
        margin: {
            top: "40px",
            bottom: "100px"
        },
        printBackground: true,
        path: 'invoice.pdf'
    }

    const browser = await puppeteer.launch({
        args: ['--no-sandbox'],
        headless: true
    });
    const page = await browser.newPage();
    await page.goto(`data: text/html,${finalHtml}`, {
        waitUntil: 'networkidle0'
    });
    await page.pdf(options);
    await browser.close();
})();

How to display paid stamp watermark on the invoice?

Using handlebars to check param isWatermark

  {{#if isWatermark}}
    <div style="border-width: 6px;border-style: solid; border-color: #008000;border-radius: 8px; color: #008000; opacity:0.6; position: absolute; z-index: 1; left:40%; top:30%; font-size: 60pt;-webkit-transform: rotate(-45deg);-ms-transform: rotate(-45deg);transform: rotate(-45deg); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', 'Helvetica', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif;">
        PAID </div>
    {{/if}}

Change isWatermark: true and run node pdf.js again
Invoice with stamp paid watermark

You can find the source code at Github

Thank your time to read this post

PS:/ This is the first post on dev.to

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Nick

The data: text/html trick is cool to avoid having to serve the final HTML to Chrome. I guess if images were involved you'd need to start serving the files from somewhere though.

I recently wrote up a bit of an overview of various ways you can use Chrome headless for PDF conversion here.

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Chuongtran Author

Thanks for your reply :)

With images, we can convert to base64 and embed to HTML. No need start serving the files from somewhere

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Nick

Oh yeah, that's clever too!