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We prepared this step by step tutorial with screenshots on how to make a Zap using PDF.co and Dropbox, to automatically convert URL input to PDF when you add the document to a Dropbox folder defined for this task.

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TL;DR:

  1. Start by clicking on Make a Zap! at the top-right corner of your Zapier dashboard
  2. Under “When this happens …” Choose App & Event search and select Dropbox from the list of apps
  3. Under Choose Trigger Event select New File in Folder
  4. Select or connect your Dropbox account to Zapier
  5. Select the Folder on your Dropbox where input documents will be added
  6. On the Find Data step add an input document to the folder you selected before and click TEST & CONTINUE
  7. Under “Do this …” Choose App & Event search and select PDF.co from the list of apps
  8. Under Choose Action Event select Anything to PDF converter
  9. Select or connect your PDF.co account to Zapier
  10. Under Customize Anything to Pdf set the Source Type to Link to a website and the PDF URL to Direct Media Link
  11. On the Send Data step click TEST & REVIEW, the returned url is a direct link to the converted file.

Step by step guide:

1. Start by clicking on Make a Zap! at the top-right corner of your Zapier dashboard

2. Under “When this happens …” Choose App & Event search and select Dropbox from the list of apps

3. Under Choose Trigger Event select New File in Folder

It should look like this up until this point:

Zapier - Dropbox - Trigger Event

4. Select or connect your Dropbox account to Zapier

5. Select the Folder on your Dropbox where input documents will be added

Zapier - Dropbox - Customize Input File

6. On the Find Data step add an input document to the folder you selected before and click TEST & CONTINUE

7. Under “Do this …” Choose App & Event search and select PDF.co from the list of apps

8. Under Choose Action Event select Anything to PDF Converter

Zapier - PDF.co - Choose Action Event_v2

9. Select or connect your PDF.co account to Zapier

Connect Zapier to PDF.co

10. Under Customize Anything to Pdf set the Source Type to Link to a website and the PDF URL to Direct Media Link

At this point, optional parameters such as Pages, Password, and the output file Name can be defined.

Zapier - Dropbox - URL to PDF

On the Send Data step click TEST & REVIEW, the returned url is a direct link to the converted file.

Check if everything works correctly and without errors then hit RETEST & CONTINUE

Give a name to your Zap at the top-left corner, then hit Done Editing, you can then TURN ZAP ON

Your Zap Is Ready

Depending on your Zapier plan and settings, your Zaps will trigger and the output and logs can be found in your Tasks History.