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I am looking for an open source solution that can create PDF/.Doc files from html/text/postscript using command line, preferably HTML-PDF.

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Sorry about that, I have now made changes. Thank you –  praneybehl Jul 17 '12 at 7:32

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pstopdf will do the job for the PS files. Also, for the Word documents, you could try the wvPDF. I believe (but I am not sure, so you have to try it), that "convert" can by used for the html ones.

For rest of the files, I would "print" the documents to a PS printer and then convert the PS to PDF, or, if that was possible in command line (I don't know if it is), to print the document directly to a PDF printer.

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Thanks for your suggestion, I have made changes in my request as I would prefer it to be html-PDF convertor. –  praneybehl Jul 17 '12 at 7:33

PrinceXML does a great job. It may be not open source, but is provided for free non-commercial use (see its license). Available for Windows, Linux (.tag.gz/.deb/.rpm), MacOS, BSD...

An alternative could be Calibre. This software's main intention is concerning eBooks, and it includes a CLI tool to convert between the different supported formats (ebook-convert). And that's quite a lot formats which are supported:

calibre is a free and open source e-book library management application developed by users of e-books for users of e-books. It has a cornucopia of features divided into the following main categories:

* Library Management
* E-book conversion
* Syncing to e-book reader devices
* Downloading news from the web and converting it into e-book form
* Comprehensive e-book viewer
* Content server for online access to your book collection
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Thank you for your suggestion, but I seek open-source so I can distribute it along my app freely. –  praneybehl Jul 17 '12 at 7:36
Good luck then. I tried a lot of them, Prince was the only one working fine out-of-the-box. But of course I might have missed some. Ah, you might take a look at Calibre. Though it is focussed on eBooks, it features a CLI interface (ebook-convert) converting between the different formats. I'll update that into my answer. –  Izzy Jul 17 '12 at 9:55

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