How to add text and images to PDF in Python using Web API

Learn to add text and images to PDF in Python

The coding instructions are formulated to help you to try-out the features without the requirement to write your own code. Web API is the Web API with a set of tools for documents manipulation, data conversion, data extraction, splitting and merging of documents. Includes image recognition, built-in OCR, barcode generation and barcode decoders to decode bar codes from scans, pictures and pdf and you can use it to add text and images to PDF with Python.

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import os import requests # pip install requests # The authentication key (API Key). # Get your own by registering at API_KEY = "******************************************" # Base URL for Web API requests BASE_URL = "" # Direct URL of source PDF file. SourceFileUrl = "" #Comma-separated list of page indices (or ranges) to process. Leave empty for all pages. Example: '0,2-5,7-'. Pages = "" # PDF document password. Leave empty for unprotected documents. Password = "" # Destination PDF file name DestinationFile = ".//result.pdf" # Text annotation params Type = "annotation" X = 400 Y = 600 Text = "APPROVED" FontName = "Times New Roman" FontSize = 24 Color = "FF0000" def main(args = None): addTextToExistingPDF(DestinationFile) def addTextToExistingPDF(destinationFile): """Add Text using Web API""" # Prepare requests params as JSON # See documentation: parameters = {} parameters["name"] = os.path.basename(destinationFile) parameters["password"] = Password parameters["pages"] = Pages parameters["url"] = SourceFileUrl parameters["type"] = Type parameters["x"] = X parameters["y"] = Y parameters["text"] = Text parameters["fontname"] = FontName parameters["size"] = FontSize parameters["color"] = Color # Prepare URL for 'PDF Edit' API request url = "{}/pdf/edit/add".format(BASE_URL) # Execute request and get response as JSON response =, data=parameters, headers={ "x-api-key": API_KEY }) if (response.status_code == 200): json = response.json() if json["error"] == False: # Get URL of result file resultFileUrl = json["url"] # Download result file r = requests.get(resultFileUrl, stream=True) if (r.status_code == 200): with open(destinationFile, 'wb') as file: for chunk in r: file.write(chunk) print(f"Result file saved as \"{destinationFile}\" file.") else: print(f"Request error: {response.status_code} {response.reason}") else: # Show service reported error print(json["message"]) else: print(f"Request error: {response.status_code} {response.reason}") if __name__ == '__main__': main()



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