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What is a simple way to convert a Unicode text file to PDF on the command line on macOS?

One can open a text file in e.g. TextEdit and print it as a PDF. Is there a command line equivalent?

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The following has been tested on Mac OS 10.12.1.

To convert a Unicode text file text.txt to a pdf file text.pdf:

textutil -convert html test.txt
cupsfilter test.html > test.pdf

To specify font:

textutil -font 'Menlo Regular' -fontsize 11 -convert html test.txt
cupsfilter test.html > test.pdf
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  • > cupsfilter release-notes.html > cupsfilter: No filter to convert from text/html to application/pdf. I've tried you method but got this error, maybe do you know what's wrong ? – Zohar81 Aug 2 at 8:44
  • @Zohar81 I am afraid not. Since writing this answer I have moved towards a more heavyweight solution where I use XeLaTeX to convert the text file to pdf. – Anders Lundstedt yesterday

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