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SVG, PNG, PDF converters using external tools as ImageMagick

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This package provides utilities to convert images and PDF files using ImageMagick. It also provides a generic /download.pdf browser view that allow your users to download Plone pages as PDF files with custom PDF cover, disclaimer and back cover (requires wkhtmltopdf system-package installed on your server).

Main features

  • Download Plone/Zope content as PDF files with custom PDF cover, table of contents, etc;
  • Provide utilities to extract PDF cover as image (using PyPDF2 and ImageMagick);
  • Provide utilities to extract metadata from PDF (using PyPDF2);
  • Provide utilities to update PDF metadata (using PyPDF2).


Customize output PDF


Provide custom browser:page called @@pdf.cover:



First page after PDF Cover containing author details and copyrights. Provide custom browser:page called @@pdf.cover:



Provide custom browser:page called @@pdf.body:


Back Cover

Provide custom browser:page called @@pdf.cover.back:


Table of contents

To enable Table of contents provide an empty browser:page called @@pdf.toc:



For PDF cover you’ll have to provide a named adapter like:

  for=" my.package.interfaces.ICustomContent"
  factory=".adapters.CoverOptionsMaker" />

Same for PDF disclaimer:

  for=" my.package.interfaces.ICustomContent"
  factory=".adapters.DisclaimerOptionsMaker" />

Or for PDF back cover:

  for=" my.package.interfaces.ICustomContent"
  factory=".adapters.BackCoverOptionsMaker" />

For PDF body you’ll have to provide a named adapter like:

  for=" my.package.interfaces.ICustomContent"
  factory=".adapters.BodyOptionsMaker" />

For global PDF options provide an unamed adapter like:

  for=" my.package.interfaces.ICustomContent"
  factory=".adapters.OptionsMaker" />

Also add custom print.css for your needs. See more at eea.pdf

Restrict access and async

In order to restrict access to /download.pdf you’ll have to provide a multi-adapter named with a method called can_download like:


Same for asynchronous download, define a method called async. See default implementation within or add an environment var called EEACONVERTER_ASYNC within your buildout.cfg:

environment-vars =

Content rules

This package uses Plone Content-rules to notify users by email when an asynchronous job is done. Thus 3 custom content-rules will be added within Plone > Site Setup > Content-rules


As these content-rules are triggered by an asynchronous job, while you customize the email template for these content-rules, please DO NOT USE OTHER string substitutions that the ones that start with $download_ as you’ll break the download chain. Also if you disable these content-rules the users will never know when the file is ready and what is the link where they can download the output document.

Export succeeded

Notify the person who requested a PDF/ePub export that the document successfully exported and provide a link to the downloadable file.

Export failed

Notify the person who requested a PDF/ePub export that the export failed.

Export failed (admin)

Notify admin that there were issues while exporting PDF/ePub

Content rules email string substitution

In order to be able to easily customize emails sent by this package the following custom email template string substitutions can be made


The absolute URL of the Plone object which is downloaded as PDF/ePub


Email address of the user that triggered the download as PDF/ePub action


Error traceback when download as PDF/ePub job fails


Site Admin email address customizable via Plone > Site Setup > Mail


Site Admin name customizable via Plone > Site Setup > Mail


Title of the Plone object which is downloaded as PDF/ePub


The absolute URL where the generated output PDF/ePub can be downloaded


Download type: PDF/ePub



These are not hard dependencies. You can use all features of eea.converter or just the ones that you need.

  • ImageMagick (6.3.7+):

    yum install ImageMagick
    apt-get install imagemagick
  • rsvg-convert (2.40.16+):

    yum install rsvg-convert
    apt-get install librsvg2-bin

Source code

Latest source code (Zope 2 compatible):


See the doc directory in this package.


EEA - European Environment Agency (EU)


12.9 - (2020-03-31)

  • Bug fix: use title from pdf parsing instead of the data coming from pypdf2 getDocumentInfo method as that method will wrongly encode an mdash found in the title when parsing pdf to get it’s metadata [ichim-david refs #116365]

12.8 - (2019-10-11)

  • Feature: Support zoom level and aspect ratio for SVG image conversion [avoinea refs #109515]

12.7 - (2019-01-28)

  • Jenkins: Add sonarqube step [avoinea refs #101552]

12.6 - (2019-01-17)

  • Change: Revert cover colorspace to sRGB [avoinea refs #101483]

12.5 - (2018-12-05)

  • Change: Update cover colorspace to CMYK to work with ghostscript 9.26+ [avoinea refs #99812]

12.4 - (2018-08-28)

  • Feature: Use rsvg-convert to convert SVG to PNG or fallback to ImageMagick [avoinea refs #97843]

12.3 - (2018-08-22)

  • Change: Update to wkhtmltopdf 0.12.4 (add —-disable-smart-shrinking option) [avoinea refs #97586]
  • Change: updated URLs pointing to with https:// [alecghica refs #95849]
  • Change: fix tests to run on Plone 4.3.17 [alecghica refs #96974]

12.2 - (2018-04-20)

  • Change: Possibility to group download info within AsyncInfo wrapper [avoinea]

12.1 - (2017-12-12)

  • Change: Replace eeacms/zptlint with eeacms/plone-test:4 zptlint [avoinea refs #90415]

12.0 - (2017-11-07)

  • Change: Remove Sphinx generated documentation [petchesi-iulian refs #88212]
  • Change: improved logging [alecghica refs #88578]

11.9 - (2017-06-26)

  • Change: Remove hard-dependency on plone.stringinterp [avoinea]
  • Bug fix: Fixed imagemagick convert command, added colorspace parameter and page number parameter [zoltan_andras refs #85638]

11.8 - (2017-05-22)

  • Change: fixed PyLint warnings and errors [valipod refs #84949]

11.7 - (2017-05-15)

  • Change: fixed PyLint warnings and errors [eduard-fironda refs #84949]

11.6 - (2017-05-08)

  • Change: removed pdf.header title values if we print within collection.pdf.body since printing multiple pages will result in wrong title as soon as we print the next object [ichim-david refs #84084]

11.5 - (2017-04-24)

  • Change: updated package information [eduard-fironda]

11.4 - (2017-03-20)

  • Bug fix: fixed pdf.footer and pdf.header title enconding issues, when subpage has content that needed to be escaped [ichim-david refs #80861]

11.3 - (2017-01-17)

  • Bug fix: Remove hard dependency to CMFPlone introduced in v11.2 [avoinea]

11.2 - (2017-01-17)

  • Feature: added internationalization on “Contents” appearing in PDF TOC [irina-botez]

11.1 - (2016-11-07)

  • Feature: Added pdf_custom_fixes to in case this template would need custom css fixes [ichim-david refs #78802]

11.0 - (2016-10-14)

  • Change: changed styling of pdf.toc headers [ichim-david refs #77476]

10.9 - (2016-10-06)

  • Bug fix: Fixed regression bug introduced within version 10.8 about custom Content-Rules string substitions defined by this package. [voineali refs #77581]

10.8 - (2016-10-03)

  • Change: Use IContextWrapper from plone.stringinterp intead of custom one [avoinea]

10.7 - (2016-05-19)

  • Change: pylint fixes [ichim-david refs #71940]

10.6 - (2016-03-31)

  • Cleanup: Cleanup pdftk specific code [avoinea]
  • Bug fix: Warn if EEACONVERTER_TEMP is not set and fallback to CLIENT_HOME/tmp instead of crashing entire application [avoinea]

10.5 - (2016-02-15)

  • Bug fix: in the “Contents” section, avoid the text to split between pages [danielm-gh refs #67840]

10.4 - (2016-02-03)

  • Bug fix: text (country names) in the “Contents” section doesn’t split between pages [danielm-gh refs #67840]

10.3 - (2015-12-11)

  • Change: Fixed wkhtmltox dependency on centos [voineali refs #31324]

10.2 - (2015-12-07)

  • Change: Added system depenedencies within [voineali refs #27406]

10.1 - (2015-10-22)

  • Bug Fix; add -flatten option to fix #28943. It’s prevent transparence cover [lucas refs #28943]

10.0 - (2015-09-10)

  • Feature: Added utility to update PDF metadata. Moved from eea.reports [voineali refs #28522]
  • Feature: Added utility to extract metadata from PDF. Moved from eea.reports [voineali refs #28522]
  • Feature: Added utility to extract cover image from PDF. Moved from eea.reports [voineali refs #28522]
  • Change: Drop pdftk dependency and use pure Python PyPDF2 package [voineali refs #28522]

9.6 - (2015-08-18)

  • Change: added pdf_custom_fixes.css loaded by pdf.header and pdf.footer in case there is a need for quickfixes [ichimdav refs #27537]
  • Bug fix: fixed pdf.footer title and page number when used on indicators [ichimdav refs #27537]

9.5 - (2015-07-28)

  • Change: modified styles in order to avoid page break when outputting the list items with the toc entries [ichimdav refs #27475]
  • Bug fix: Update modification time for exported PDF/ePub files in order for the cleanup cron-job to know not to delete PDFs/ePubs files that were recently requested. [voineali refs #27513]

9.4 - (2015-05-26)

  • Bug fix: Keep Job within for backward compatibility [voineali refs #25755]

9.3 - (2015-05-05)

  • Change: changed footer and header templates in order to preserve template logic when using static headers and footer [ichimdav refs #23904]

9.2 - (2015-04-02)

  • Feature: added the possibility to limit the header tags that appear within the table of contents [ichimdav refs #24351]

9.1 - (2015-03-17)

  • Change: Switched to curl in the jenkins builds install script [olimpiurob refs #22402]
  • Change: Changed fetch url for jenkins builds install script to the install script from the main EEA CPB repository [olimpiurob refs #22402]

9.0 - (2015-02-25)

  • Bug fix: Fixed UnicodeDecodeError within download.pdf template [voineali refs #23338]
  • Cleanup: Remove deprecated make_pdf_cover from download.pdf [voineali refs #22971]
  • Change: Moved async API from eea.pdf to eea.converter in order to reuse it for other async jobs (e.g. eea.epub) [voineali refs #22971]

8.7 - (2015-02-16)

  • Feature: Update ISupport API with async and email methods [voineali refs #22971]
  • Feature: Added possibility to use specific ZPT macro while exporting PDF body (e.g. content-core) [voineali refs #22686]

8.6 - (2014-12-23)

  • Bug fix: Use with statement with temporary files in order to ensure that they are safely closed before exit [voineali refs #22080]
  • Bug fix: While creating authentication cookie-jar, also be aware of CDN resources [voineali refs #22080]

8.5 - (2014-12-02)

  • Bug fix: Added possibility to define shared temporary directory using os.env EEACONVERTER_TEMP in order to avoid surprises while using together with zc.async [voineali refs #21958]

8.4 - (2014-11-28)

  • Bug fix: Fixed duplicate cookies when printing collection header/footer by using wkhtmltopdf more stable –cookie-jar option than –cookie. This also fixed blank page at the beginning of PDF introduced in previous version [voineali refs #21958]

8.3 - (2014-11-20)

  • Bug fix: Fixed table of contents page alignment [voineali refs #21628]
  • Bug fix: Fixed duplicate cookies when printing collection header/footer [voineali refs #21628]

8.2 - (2014-10-15)

  • Bug fix: Protect against random wkhtmltopdf Segmentation fault errors and retry 3 times to re-generate PDF [voineali refs #21149]

8.1 - (2014-10-01)

  • Change: Prefix temporary files with package name: eea.converter. [voineali refs #21100]

8.0 - (2014-09-15)

  • Feature: Possibility to run a PDF conversion job in safe mode (default) or not (raise all errors) [voineali refs #20845]
  • Change: Changed download.pdf API in order to allow dry-run used by async jobs [voineali refs #20843]
  • Change: Made accessible from URL [voineali refs #20846]

7.1 - (2014-08-12)

  • Bug fix: Align PDF Table of Contents trailing dotted with page number [voineali refs #20431]
  • Bug fix: Fix long PDF header and footer texts and align left or right according with page parity [voineali refs #20431]
  • Feature: Added i18n translations [voineali refs #20431]
  • Feature: Added possibility to avoid truncated sentences in description [voineali refs #20456]
  • Feature: Enabled javascript by default within PDF export. [voineali refs #20459]
  • Feature: Added API to restrict access to download.pdf [voineali refs #20436]

7.0 - (2014-07-15)

  • Feature: Added Table of Contents support [voineali refs #20268]
  • Cleanup: Remove collective.sendaspdf dependency [voineali refs #20268]

6.8 - (2014-06-06)

  • Feature: Added PDF Back Cover support [voineali refs #19882]
  • Feature: Added PDF Disclaimer support (the first page after cover containing author details and copyrights) [voineali refs #19882]

6.7 - (2014-03-10)

  • Bug fix: Do not add table of content on PDF cover [voineali refs #18630]
  • Change: pass a doctype to the header pdf template in order to workaround wkhtmltopdf 0.12 issue which fails to insert the header without it [ichim-david refs #18550]

6.6 - (2014-01-21)

  • Bug fix: removed wrongly added blockquotes within README.rst [ichim-david refs #18064]
  • Feature: adding Sphinx-generated documentation in Page Template format [batradav refs #9502]

6.5 - (2013-10-22)

  • Bug fix: return first page on pdf to image conversion; refactor cover [simiamih refs #16799]

6.4 - (2013-10-07)

  • Feature: Added utility method to truncate text by the number of characters without cutting words at the end [voineali refs #16946]
  • Feature: Added utility method to convert relative urls to absolute urls [voineali refs #16946]

6.3 - (2013-10-04)

  • Bug fix: Fixed PDF cover asking for credentials for non-published documents [voineali refs #14904]
  • Feature: Added custom PDF html-header and html-footer in order to easily customize them (just override @@pdf.header and @@pdf.footer for your contexts) [voineali refs #16802]

6.2 - (2013-09-23)

  • Feature: Export HTML to PDF with custom cover (requires collective.sendaspdf) [voineali refs #14904]

6.1 - (2013-02-25)

  • Feature: added information for contributors [ciobabog refs #13892]
  • Add Windows support for close_fds parameter of Popen [erral #1]

6.0 - (2012-10-08)

  • Fixed dependencies, cleanup and make the package run on a clean Zope [ghicaale #5426]

1.1 - (2012-06-12)

  • Added watermark utility [szabozo0]

1.0 - (2012-03-05)

  • Initial release [voineali]

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