The PDF service generates a PDF from a request containing HTML. It uses a headless Chrome browser to do this conversion, so it is highly reliable. Query string parameters can be used to control the rendering.


  • POST /: A POST request to the root url of the service should have an HTML string as a body. The response is a binary PDF. Here are the query string options that are available:
    • url: if this is provided, instead of using the request body as the source of HTML, the processor downloads and processes the HTML from the provided url on the public net.
    • landscape=true|false: paper orientation, defaults to false.
    • displayHeaderFooter=true|false: include header and footer, defaults to false.
    • printBackground=true|false: print background graphics, defaults to false.
    • scale=<number>: scaling of webpage rendering, defaults to 1.
    • paperWidth=<number>: paper width in inches, defaults to 8.5.
    • paperHeight=<number>: paper height in inches, defaults to 11.
    • marginTop=<number>: top margin in inches, defaults to 1cm (0.4in).
    • marginBottom=<number>: bottom margin in inches, defaults to 1cm (0.4in).
    • marginLeft=<number>: left margin in inches, defaults to 1cm (0.4in).
    • marginRight=<number>: right margin in inches, defaults to 1cm (0.4in).
    • pageRanges=<page ranges>: which pages to print, e.g. 1-3, 4, 7-9. Defaults to empty string i.e. all pages.
    • ignoreInvalidPageRanges=true|false: silently ignore parsed but invalid page ranges e.g. 9-7, default to false.
    • headerTemplate=<html>: header HTML. The following class names when applied to an element result in a value being injected into the element: date: formatted print date, title: document title, url: document location, pageNumber: current page number, totalPages: total pages in the document.
    • footerTemplate=<html>: footer HTML. Class names as for headerTemplate.
    • preferCSSPageSize=true|false: use page size as defined in CSS. Defaults to false.

Special configuration properties

pdfService has the standard configuration properties.

  • Adapter name: There is currently only one option, chromeLambdaPdfConverter which runs headless Chromium in an AWS Lambda function to do the pdf conversion.

Common use patterns

There is a danger of the pdfService being hijacked by third parties if its full functionality is exposed to anonymous users. Generally a useful pattern especially in this case, is to have a pipeline which passes POSTed JSON through an HTML template before this being sent to the pdfService. A typical pipeline would be: