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Programming language: Elixir
License: Apache License 2.0
Tags: PDF    
Latest version: v1.1.2

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ChromicPDF is a HTML-to-PDF renderer for Elixir, based on headless Chrome.


  • Node-free: In contrast to many other packages, it does not use puppeteer, and hence does not require Node.js. It communicates directly with Chrome's DevTools API over pipes, offering the same performance as puppeteer, if not better.
  • Header/Footer: Using the DevTools API allows to apply the full set of options of the printToPDF function. Most notably, it supports header and footer HTML templates.
  • PDF/A: It can convert printed files to PDF/A using Ghostscript, inspired by the pdf2archive script originally created by @matteosecli and later enhanced by @JaimeChavarriaga. Created PDF/A-2b and PDF/A-3b files pass the verapdf compliance checks.


  • Chromium or Chrome
  • Ghostscript (optional, for PDF/A support)


ChromicPDF is a supervision tree (rather than an application). You will need to inject it into the supervision tree of your application. First, add ChromicPDF to your runtime dependencies:

def deps do
    {:chromic_pdf, "~> 1.1"}

Next, start ChromicPDF as part of your application:

# lib/my_app/application.ex
def MyApp.Application do
  def start(_type, _args) do
    children = [
      # other apps...

    Supervisor.start_link(children, strategy: :one_for_one, name: MyApp.Supervisor)


Main API

Here's how you generate a PDF from an external URL and store it in the local filesystem.

# Prints a local HTML file to PDF.
ChromicPDF.print_to_pdf({:url, "https://example.net"}, output: "example.pdf")

The next example shows how to print a local HTML file to PDF/A, as well as the use of a callback function that receives the generated PDF as path to a temporary file.

ChromicPDF.print_to_pdfa({:url, "file:///example.html"}, output: fn pdf ->
  # Send pdf via mail, upload to S3, ...

Template API

ChromicPDF.Template contains additional functionality that makes styling of PDF documents easier and overall provides a more convenient API. See the documentation for details.

[content: "<p>Hello Template</p>"]
|> ChromicPDF.Template.source_and_options()
|> ChromicPDF.print_to_pdf()


  • For a more complete example of how to integrate ChromicPDF in a Phoenix application, see examples/phoenix.


For running the full suite of integration tests, please install and have in your $PATH:

  • verapdf
  • For pdfinfo and pdftotext, you need poppler-utils (most Linux distributions) or Xpdf (OSX)
  • For the odd ZUGFeRD test in zugferd_test.exs, you need to download ZUV and set the $ZUV_JAR environment variable.

Copyright and License

Copyright (c) 2019–2021 Bitcrowd GmbH

Licensed under the Apache License 2.0. See [LICENSE](LICENSE) file for details.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the chromic_pdf README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.