Usage of PDFKit with Rails 3.2.8 and Ruby 1.9.3

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PDFkit is a powerful library which generates PDF from HTML + CSS. It uses “wkhtmltopdf” on the back-end which renders HTML using Webkit. Here is a simple example which describes the installation of “wkhtmltopdf” and usages of pdfkit. I have used rails 3.2.8 and ruby 1.9.3 as my environment.

Step-1:

Install the “wkhtmltopdf” library

Download the “wkhtmltopdf” library from the link
http://code.google.com/p/wkhtmltopdf/

Windows

  • Download the exe file and install it.
  • Remember the installation path

Linux

  • Download the binary for your architecture at the http://code.google.com/p/wkhtmltopdf/downloads/list
  • Extract the file to a directory that is in your PATH, such as /opt or /usr/local/bin and run from there.

For Debian/Ubuntu use the following command:

apt-get install wkhtmltopdf

Step-2: Installing PDFKit

In your bundle file write

gem 'pdfkit'

Then install

bundle install

Step-3: Configuration of PDFKit

Create a new file “pdfkit.rb” in “config/initializers/” path and write the following

If you are in windows then you need to give the path to the exe file generated after installation. If you are in linux and the path is set as the default path then you don’t need to give the path.

PDFKit.configure do |config|
config.wkhtmltopdf = 'C:Program Fileswkhtmltopdfwkhtmltopdf .exe'
config.default_options = {
:page_size => 'Legal',
:print_media_type => true
}
# config.root_url = "http://localhost" # Use only if your external hostname is unavailable on the server.
end

Step-4: Middleware Setup

Write the following in the “config/application.rb

require 'pdfkit'
 
config.middleware.use PDFKit::Middleware
config.threadsafe!

Step-5: Usages

Creating PDF in a file path

Now to generate the pdf file by writing down the following codes on one of your controller actions

kit = PDFKit.new"<h1>Hello</h1><p>This is PDF!!!</p>"
file_path = your_file_path
pdf = kit.to_file file_path

Now you can find the PDF file being generated on the file path.

Displaying PDF on browser

<p id="pdf_link"><%= link_to "Download Invoice (PDF)", order_path(@order, :format => "pdf") %></p>

Your PDF will be displayed on the browser.

You can also add “.pdf” to any of our application’s URLs to get a PDF version of that page.

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Usage of PDFKit with Rails 3.2.8 and Ruby 1.9.3
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PDFkit is a powerful library which generates PDF from HTML + CSS. It uses “wkhtmltopdf” on the back-end which renders HTML using Webkit. Here is a simple example which describes the installation of “wkhtmltopdf” and usages of pdfkit. I have used rails 3.2.8 and ruby 1.9.3 as my environment.
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