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I was looking for solution to generate the PDF from dynamic HTML in last week. I was looking for easy way to generate the PDF without being affected with syntax and design.

While goggling I found the tool: WKHTMLTOPDF

This tool is converting HTML (CSS support) to PDF the same way you save a PDF from browser.

Here are the steps to install and integrate the tool.

First, install the webkit library on your server.

$ wget

$ tar -jxvf wkhtmltopdf-0.8.3-static.tar.bz2

$ sudo aptitude install ia32-libs

Make symbolic link to tool in /usr/local/bin

$ sudo ln -s /full_path/WKHTMLTOPDF /usr/local/bin/WKHTMLTOPDF

Now we are ready to use.

Now try the following command to convert the google page into PDF:

$ wkhtmltopdf example1.pdf

There are many options where you can generate the different size/types of PDF like A4, A2 etc

Here are few examples:

$ wkhtmltopdf examplea1.pdf -s A4

$ wkhtmltopdf examplea2.pdf -s A2

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Simple shell utility to convert html to pdf using the webkit rendering engine, and qt. Searching the web, I have found several command line tools that allow you to convert a HTML-document to a PDF-document, however they all seem to use their own, and rather incomplete rendering engine, resulting in poor quality. Recently QT 4.4 was released with a WebKit widget (WebKit is the engine of Apples Safari, which is a fork of the KDE KHtml), and making a good tool became very easy. To use this software download the latest static release unpack it and run it like