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Can I print to destination "Save as PDF" from a command line with Chrome or Chromium? I'd like to be able to automatically convert html files to PDF with Chrome's built-in functionality.

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"Save as PDF" is a virtual printer? In that case it doesn't need to be Chrome or Chromium –  golimar May 8 '13 at 16:24
@golimar It is not a virtual printer. Chrome has a built-in option to export to pdf. –  ipavlic May 8 '13 at 19:23
I don't see any built-in Chrome switches for saving as PDF. –  Karan May 10 '13 at 1:07
@Karan When you go to Print there should be a Save to PDF destination available for you to choose. It's also clearly stated on Google's support page: support.google.com/chrome/bin/… –  ipavlic May 10 '13 at 8:56
Perhaps my previous comment wasn't clear. You wanted to know how to do this from the command line, and what I wanted to say was that Chrome/Chromium seem to have no command-line switches/params to do this, although I know you can do it from the UI. You'll need to find some way of triggering the Save As option, perhaps by sending mouse clicks or key strokes. –  Karan May 10 '13 at 14:36

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Instead of calling up an entire web-browser, why not use the HTML rendering engine only to do the work? Use wkhtmltopdf to perform the conversion.


You can also convert an existing website to PDF

$ wkhtmltopdf http://google.com google.pdf

Note: technically Google Chrome's rendering engine is Blink, which is a fork of Webkit. There is >90% of common code between Blink and Webkit, so you should get a similar result.

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