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PDF generator using HTML and CSS

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The current release of xhtml2pdf is xhtml2pdf **0.2b1** which is a beta that has
Python 3 support. As with all open-source software, its use in production depends
on many factors, so be aware that you may find issues in some cases.
**Big thanks** to everyone
who has worked on this project so far and to those who help maintain it.


What else can you use instead?

Go use WeasyPrint, the codebase is pretty, it has a different features, and it
does a lot of what xhtml2pdf does and it is easier to use in many circumstances.

`WeasyPrint <>`__


xhtml2pdf has some documentation, and we could use your help improving it.
A good place to start is ``doc/usage.rst``.


This project is community-led! To strengthen it, please hang out on IRC #xhtml2pdf (Freenode)
or join `our maling list <>`__.

Call for testing

This project is heavily dependent on getting its test coverage up!
Currently, Python 3 support is being worked on and many refactors and suggestions are potentially coming in.
Furthermore, parts of the codebase could do well with cleanups and refactoring.

If you benefit from xhtml2pdf, perhaps `look at the test coverage <>`__ and identify parts that are yet untouched.


``xhtml2pdf`` is a html2pdf converter using the ReportLab Toolkit,
the HTML5lib and pyPdf. It supports HTML 5 and CSS 2.1 (and some of CSS 3).
It is completely written in pure Python so it is platform independent.

The main benefit of this tool that a user with Web skills like HTML and CSS
is able to generate PDF templates very quickly without learning new


This is a typical Python library and is installed using pip::

pip install xhtml2pdf

To obtain the latest experimental version that has **Python 3 support**, please
use a prerelease::

pip install --pre xhtml2pdf


Python 2.7+. Only Python 3.4+ is tested and guaranteed to work.

All additional requirements are listed in ``requirements.txt`` file and are
installed automatically using the ``pip install xhtml2pdf`` method.

Development environment

#. If you don't have it, install ``pip``, the python package installer::

sudo easy_install pip

For more information about ``pip`` refer to

#. I will recommend using ``virtualenv`` for development. This is great to have separate environment for
each project, keeping the dependencies for multiple projects separated::

sudo pip install virtualenv

For more information about ``virtualenv`` refer to

#. Create virtualenv for the project. This can be inside the project directory, but cannot be under
version control::

virtualenv --distribute xhtml2pdfenv --python=python2

#. Activate your virtualenv::

source xhtml2pdfenv/bin/activate

Later to deactivate use::


#. Next step will be to install/upgrade dependencies from ``requirements.txt`` file::

pip install -r requirements.txt

#. Run tests to check your configuration::

nosetests --with-coverage

You should have a log with success status::

Ran 36 tests in 0.322s


Python integration

Some simple demos of how to integrate xhtml2pdf into
a Python program may be found here: test/

Running tests

Two different test suites are available to assert xhtml2pdf works reliably:

#. Unit tests. The unit testing framework is currently minimal, but is being
improved on a daily basis (contributions welcome). They should run in the
expected way for Python's unittest module, i.e.::

nosetests --with-coverage (or your personal favorite)

#. Functional tests. Thanks to mawe42's super cool work, a full functional
test suite lives in testrender/.


* IRC: #xhtml2pdf on freenode
* Mailing list:
* Google group:


This are the major milestones and the maintainers of the project:

* 2000-2007, commercial project,, written by Dirk Holtwich
* 2007-2010 Dirk Holtwich (project named "Pisa", project released as GPL)
* 2010-2012 Dirk Holtwick (project named "xhtml2pdf", changed license to Apache)
* 2012-2015 Chris Glass (@chrisglass)
* 2015-2016 Benjamin Bach (@benjaoming)
* 2016-Current Sam Spencer (@LegoStormtroopr)

For more history, see the CHANGELOG.


Copyright 2010 Dirk Holtwick,

Licensed under the Apache License, Version 2.0 (the "License");
you may not use this file except in compliance with the License.
You may obtain a copy of the License at

Unless required by applicable law or agreed to in writing, software
distributed under the License is distributed on an "AS IS" BASIS,
See the License for the specific language governing permissions and
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