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I'm trying to create a PDF document from an HTML document.

Of course it's easy to do this using the built-in PDF Printer, however, this does not retain hyperlinks.

I've tried wkhtmltopdf which looked very promising, but it crashes on every attempt.

Is anyone aware of any other options for generating a PDF document from an HTML document while retaining URL links?

  • I can't confirm if this works, but something you might consider is converting from HTML to LaTeX. Then convert from LaTeX to PDF since LaTeX is a common way to create hyperlinks in a PDF. – styfle May 31 '11 at 1:32
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Found an answer over on SuperUser.com: wkpdf

Free, works perfectly. All hyperlinks retained.

  • Also good is wkhtmltopdf. Both of these tools are available via Homebrew on Mac OS. – Ian Mar 6 '13 at 18:42
  • no longer installs; author seems to have purposefully disabled installation in anticipation of future incompatibility; WTF? – cnst Mar 24 '15 at 0:52
  • There is an incompatibility with Yosemite from what I gather. – Ian Mar 24 '15 at 1:31
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The built-in Safari browser seems to do this when you do File -> Print -> PDF -> Save as PDF, it works for me as of Version 6 of Mac Safari.

  • True, and this has worked in the same nice way in older versions too. OmniWeb did so too, but I have not used that for years, so things might have changed. – Arjan Aug 4 '12 at 10:54
  • Does it retain the hyperlinks for you? – Ian Aug 6 '12 at 21:34
  • Is there a way to automate this, like what wkpdf used to offer? – cnst Mar 24 '15 at 0:52
  • @Ian For me this retains "external" hyperlinks, but not links to within-page named anchors. – Cai Aug 9 '16 at 13:26
  • The built-in Safari browser preserves link formatting (e.g., blue underlined display text), but not clickable links (although Preview and Acrobat will automatically interpret URLs as clickable, even if they are not actually hyperlinked in the source document). – Lexible Sep 19 '18 at 17:29
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You can do this using Adobe Acrobat.

In Acrobat, go to File-> Create PDF-> From File. Select your HTML doc, let it do a bit of work, and then use File-> Save As to save it.

All hyperlinks will be intact.

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    Thanks for your answer. Is there a non-$200 option? – Ian May 31 '11 at 14:53
  • @Ian I'm sure there is, but I haven't seen it yet. – Nathan Greenstein May 31 '11 at 18:56
  • After looking for two days, I've yet to find one, for Mac or Windows, that retains hyperlinks that have anchor text. Very strange. – Ian May 31 '11 at 19:11
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I have tried dompdf in the past and has worked very well for me. dompdf PHP

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Check out the "Save as PDF" browser plugins:

Chrome plugin: https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/kpdjmbiefanbdgnkcikhllpmjnnllbbc

Firefox plugin: https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/save-as-pdf/

Both are free, but developed by a commercial company http://pdfcrowd.com. I tried the FF plugin, and except for some minor layout overlapping in the converted PDF document, all hyperlinks were clickable and working.

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http://pdfcrowd.com only works, if the link is public - so no printing of pages, where you are logged in.

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