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I have a HTML file that is using a style.css and has colors, ex.:

<font style=BACKGROUND-COLOR:red; color=white>FOO</font>

How can I "export" this local file on my Ubuntu 12.04 to a PDF? (the look and color should stay the same). I tried ex.: Ctrl+P -> print to PDF, but it didn't preserve the colours. I tried htmldoc with the --color option.. but it's the same problem..

It would be great to do this via the command line.

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Open your html file in LibreOffice Writer and then, under File in the menu, choose export to PDF. That's it.

If you prefer the command line, take a look at Convert HTML Page To a PDF Using Open Source Tool - Linux / OS X / Windows.

The software can be installed using sudo apt-get install wkhtmltopdf.

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I think this can be automated on the command line as well with some efforts. :) –  gertvdijk Jul 15 '13 at 7:08
@gertvdijk, That is beyond my competence. I've never used LibO via CLI. –  user25656 Jul 15 '13 at 7:14
There is this, wkhtmltopdf, as well but I have no experience of it: cyberciti.biz/open-source/… –  user25656 Jul 15 '13 at 7:16
Please post wkhtmltopdf as ANSWER, it resolved the problem –  gasko peter Jul 15 '13 at 7:28
@gaskopeter, done as requested by editing the answer. –  user25656 Jul 15 '13 at 7:36

Web2PDFConverter extension for Chromium or Chrome convert any webpage to PDF.

Or, you can just only use this site: http://pdfcrowd.com/. For local files: http://pdfcrowd.com/#convert_by_upload

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using Firefox+cmd line would be better:P –  gasko peter Jul 15 '13 at 7:19
@gaskopeter pdfcrowd.com/#convert_by_upload - open it in Firefox –  Radu Rădeanu Jul 15 '13 at 7:21

Webkit HTML to PDF:

sudo apt-get install wkhtmltopdf



The latest version is headless (does not require X server).

Another possibility: phantomjs is a magic headless web browser, also based on webkit html. It can export a page as PDF among other things.


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There are various tools available online. You can take help from these tools & convert your html file to pdf easily.I have used Expert PDF and found this very good and gives better review. You can check detail here


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Try dompdf. Here is a link explaining HTML to PDF PHP

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While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. –  David Foerster Nov 14 at 3:58

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