Wkhtmltopdf Plugin

  • Tags: utility, pdf
  • Latest: 0.1.7
  • Last Updated: 17 October 2012
  • Grails version: 1.3.6 > *
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compile ":wkhtmltopdf:0.1.7"
Custom repositories:
mavenRepo "http://download.java.net/maven/2/"

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Provides a Wrapper for wkhtmltopdf, a Simple shell utility to convert html to pdf using the webkit rendering engine, and qt.


grails install-plugin wkhtmltopdf


Grails Wkhtmltox / Wkhtmltopdf

This plugin provides an easy integration of the wkthmltox library into Grails.


"Simple shell utility to convert html to pdf using the webkit rendering engine, and qt." http://code.google.com/p/wkhtmltopdf/ GNU Lesser GPL



brew install wkhtmltopdf


apt-get install wkhtmltopdf

see: http://code.google.com/p/wkhtmltopdf/wiki/compilation


put the following line into your Config.groovy and adjust the path to your wkhtmltox binary ( which wkhtmltopdf )

grails.plugin.wkhtmltox.binary = "/usr/bin/wkhtmltopdf"


to stream the content of an controller-action as pdf just call: /context/some/someAction.pdf

class SomerController {
        def someAction = {
            def someInstance = SomeDomainObject.get(params.id)

render( filename:"File ${someInstance.id}.pdf", view:"/some/someGspTemplate", model:[someInstance:someInstance], header:"/pdf/someHeader", footer:"/pdf/someFooter", marginLeft:20, marginTop:35, marginBottom:20, marginRight:20, headerSpacing:10, ) } }

Or create binary pdf data and use them for any other purpose
class SomeService implements Serializable {

def byte[] pdfData = wkhtmltoxService.makePdf( view: "/pdf/someGspTemplate", model: [someInstance: someInstance], header: "/pdf/someHeader", footer: "/pdf/someFooter", marginLeft: 20, marginTop: 35, marginBottom: 20, marginRight: 20, headerSpacing: 10, )

// DO Something e.g. send as mail //sendAsynchronousMail { // multipart true // to "[email protected]" // subject "see PDF Attachment"; // attachBytes "PDF Attachment.pdf", "application/x-pdf", pdfData // body "see my pdf attachment" //} } }

write your gsps as usual, just make sure, that the url's to the resources are absolute and reachable by the host maschine
<link rel="stylesheet" href="${resource(dir: '/css/style.css', absolute: true)}" type="text/css"/>
	<img src="${resource(dir: '/images/image.jpg', absolute: true)}" width="200px"/>


see the following command for all options available:

wkhtmltopdf --extended-help

Known issues

  • wkhtmltox must work ( try: ```wkhtmltopdf www.myhomepage.com myhomepage.pdf``` see: http://code.google.com/p/wkhtmltopdf/wiki/Usage )
  • not tested on Windows