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This is made possible by the excellent, open-source ReportLab Python PDF This tells browsers that the document is a PDF file, rather than an HTML file. Django==; Pillow==; reportlab== in a file format, we can use two buttons on the HTML page, one for Excel and one for PDF. from templates, ReportLab-wrapper, Render PDFs from HTML in. Python/Django using Headless Chrome, A Django class-based view generating PDF resposes.

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The lowest level interface used to generate PDF files is Canvas.

In other projects we may need to show data in a more friendly and easy way to visualize it, other than displaying it in a table. On Ubuntu, install a binary: Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand djangk your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

To do this ReportLab library came with a specific class called Spacer. How to add a table Another important flowable element of ReportLab re;ortlab is represented by tables.

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This section shows you how to add some paragraphs to the document. It relies on Pillowwhich is a third-party Python Image Library. After creating the chart object, it is time to set some custom properties: See the ReportLab documentation for the full list of functionality. Another important flowable element of ReportLab library is represented by tables.

These tutorials use Django 1. FlipperPA 6, 2 20 Cookie notice Ok This website uses cookies to manage logged in users and to gather statistics on how people use the site. Next we need to draw the chart into this area: Some internet users had issues getting the xhtml2pdf library to faithfully render css styles from an external stylesheet, but one sure-fire solution that also suited our very basic styling needs was to put the style rules directly into style tags in the template file itself.


This library came with specific classes for adding djangk, you can find out more about that in the next section. In order to create a chart first we need to create a drawing area by instantiating a Drawing object.

After we get the number we draw it in the page at a certain position by using the drawCenteredString method that places dmango given number on the canvas. In conclusion In the end, we can say that ReportLab library represents a very powerful tool.

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Note ReportLab is not thread-safe. Because we need to serve data into a certain format I have created some other functions in a file called dhango. The code presented bellow is used to set document characteristics set the margins and the page size.

Just pass response as the first argument to canvas.

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In order to use these styles we need to use this function getSampleStyleSheet: We divided the precipitation probability in five categories: You can also have a look on the official API reference.

How to create PDF files in a Python/Django application using ReportLab

I’ve also created a function that generates random colors for the bar and pie charts. So you can create a regular Django template, print and format all the contents and then pass it to the WeasyPrint library to do the job of creating the pdf. Email Required, but never shown. With content, styles, and graphics in place, our pdf was complete.


DocTemplates and PageTemplates are used to set document specifications layout. A user guide not coincidentally, a PDF file htkl also available for download.

One problem I have with wkhtmltopdf is that it requires an external binary which is problematic to deploy to services like Heroku.

Afterwards you need to register that font like this:. If you want to do more than this and create more complex documents or use other options you can access the official Djajgo library documentation.

Keep Reading If you liked this article, check out our other blog articles. That would depend on what you’re doing, but yes, most likely in a view.

The advantage of generating PDF files dynamically is that you can create customized PDFs for different purposes — say, for different users or different pieces of content. At this point we only add title to this list. The library can be used to generate different types of charts like line, bar or pie charts.

Stack Overflow works best with JavaScript enabled. Even so, the library did not seem to respect all style rules equally. The characteristics that we can set are:. So make sure you really want to go down that road. In our example we want to create a pie chart that will show a statistic regarding the percentage of the precipitation probability.