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A django app to render django templates as PDF files.

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django-renderpdf is a Django app to render django templates as PDF files.


Rendering PDFs for web developers is generally pretty non-trivial, and there’s no common approach to doing this. django-renderpdf attempts to allow reusing all the known tools and skills when generating a PDF file in a Django app:

  • Use Django template files, which are internally rendered as HTML and them PDF files.
  • Use staticfiles app to include any CSS or image files.
  • Simply subclass a PDFView class which has an interface very similar to Django’s own built-in View classes.


django-renderpdf actually started out as code on multiple of my own projects (including some public ones).

After some time, it became clear that I’d been copy-pasting PDF-related bits across different projects, and since co-workers expressed interest in this design (using the Django templating system to generate PDFs), it finally made sense to move this into a separate library.

Because of this, documentation is still a work in progress (the code far outdates this API being public), and while unit tests are lacking, this code has had ample field testing

Usage example

Sorry, no docs yet! Though PDFView’s methods has extensive docstrings you should check.

Here’s a usage code example for a view that generates some PDF labels for some shipments:

class LabelsView(LoginRequiredMixin, PDFView):
    template_name = 'my_app/labels.html'

    def get_context_data(self, *args, **kwargs):
        context = super().get_context_data(*args, **kwargs)

        context['shipments'] = models.Shipment.objects.filter(

        return context

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django-renderpdf is licensed under the ISC licence. See LICENCE for details.

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