How to generate PDF from HTML file for HTML to PDF API in C# and PDF.co Web API

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ByteScoutWebApiExample.csproj

      
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <Project ToolsVersion="12.0" DefaultTargets="Build" xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/developer/msbuild/2003"> <Import Project="$(MSBuildExtensionsPath)\$(MSBuildToolsVersion)\Microsoft.Common.props" Condition="Exists('$(MSBuildExtensionsPath)\$(MSBuildToolsVersion)\Microsoft.Common.props')" /> <PropertyGroup> <Configuration Condition=" '$(Configuration)' == '' ">Debug</Configuration> <Platform Condition=" '$(Platform)' == '' ">AnyCPU</Platform> <ProjectGuid>{1E1C2C34-017E-4605-AE2B-55EA3313BE51}</ProjectGuid> <OutputType>Exe</OutputType> <RootNamespace>ByteScoutWebApiExample</RootNamespace> <AssemblyName>ByteScoutWebApiExample</AssemblyName> <TargetFrameworkVersion>v4.0</TargetFrameworkVersion> <FileAlignment>512</FileAlignment> </PropertyGroup> <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Debug|AnyCPU' "> <PlatformTarget>AnyCPU</PlatformTarget> <DebugSymbols>true</DebugSymbols> <DebugType>full</DebugType> <Optimize>false</Optimize> <OutputPath>bin\Debug\</OutputPath> <DefineConstants>DEBUG;TRACE</DefineConstants> <ErrorReport>prompt</ErrorReport> <WarningLevel>4</WarningLevel> </PropertyGroup> <PropertyGroup Condition=" '$(Configuration)|$(Platform)' == 'Release|AnyCPU' "> <PlatformTarget>AnyCPU</PlatformTarget> <DebugType>pdbonly</DebugType> <Optimize>true</Optimize> <OutputPath>bin\Release\</OutputPath> <DefineConstants>TRACE</DefineConstants> <ErrorReport>prompt</ErrorReport> <WarningLevel>4</WarningLevel> </PropertyGroup> <ItemGroup> <Reference Include="Newtonsoft.Json, Version=10.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=30ad4fe6b2a6aeed, processorArchitecture=MSIL"> <HintPath>packages\Newtonsoft.Json.10.0.3\lib\net40\Newtonsoft.Json.dll</HintPath> <Private>True</Private> </Reference> <Reference Include="System" /> <Reference Include="System.Core" /> <Reference Include="System.Xml.Linq" /> <Reference Include="System.Data" /> <Reference Include="System.Xml" /> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <Compile Include="Program.cs" /> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <None Include="packages.config" /> </ItemGroup> <ItemGroup> <Content Include="sample.html"> <CopyToOutputDirectory>Always</CopyToOutputDirectory> </Content> </ItemGroup> <Import Project="$(MSBuildToolsPath)\Microsoft.CSharp.targets" /> <!-- To modify your build process, add your task inside one of the targets below and uncomment it. Other similar extension points exist, see Microsoft.Common.targets. <Target Name="BeforeBuild"> </Target> <Target Name="AfterBuild"> </Target> --> </Project>

ByteScoutWebApiExample.sln

      
Microsoft Visual Studio Solution File, Format Version 12.00 # Visual Studio 2013 VisualStudioVersion = 12.0.40629.0 MinimumVisualStudioVersion = 10.0.40219.1 Project("{FAE04EC0-301F-11D3-BF4B-00C04F79EFBC}") = "ByteScoutWebApiExample", "ByteScoutWebApiExample.csproj", "{1E1C2C34-017E-4605-AE2B-55EA3313BE51}" EndProject Global GlobalSection(SolutionConfigurationPlatforms) = preSolution Debug|Any CPU = Debug|Any CPU Release|Any CPU = Release|Any CPU EndGlobalSection GlobalSection(ProjectConfigurationPlatforms) = postSolution {1E1C2C34-017E-4605-AE2B-55EA3313BE51}.Debug|Any CPU.ActiveCfg = Debug|Any CPU {1E1C2C34-017E-4605-AE2B-55EA3313BE51}.Debug|Any CPU.Build.0 = Debug|Any CPU {1E1C2C34-017E-4605-AE2B-55EA3313BE51}.Release|Any CPU.ActiveCfg = Release|Any CPU {1E1C2C34-017E-4605-AE2B-55EA3313BE51}.Release|Any CPU.Build.0 = Release|Any CPU EndGlobalSection GlobalSection(SolutionProperties) = preSolution HideSolutionNode = FALSE EndGlobalSection EndGlobal

Program.cs

      
using System; using System.Collections.Generic; using System.IO; using System.Net; using Newtonsoft.Json; using Newtonsoft.Json.Linq; namespace ByteScoutWebApiExample { class Program { // The authentication key (API Key). // Get your own by registering at https://app.pdf.co/documentation/api const String API_KEY = "******************************"; static void Main(string[] args) { // HTML input string inputSample = File.ReadAllText(@".\sample.html"); // Destination PDF file name string destinationFile = @".\result.pdf"; // Create standard .NET web client instance WebClient webClient = new WebClient(); // Set API Key webClient.Headers.Add("x-api-key", API_KEY); // Set JSON content type webClient.Headers.Add("Content-Type", "application/json"); try { // Prepare requests params as JSON // See documentation: https://apidocs.pdf.co/?#1-json-pdfconvertfromhtml Dictionary<string, object> parameters = new Dictionary<string, object>(); // Input HTML code to be converted. Required. parameters.Add("html", inputSample); // Name of resulting file parameters.Add("name", Path.GetFileName(destinationFile)); // Set to css style margins like 10 px or 5px 5px 5px 5px. parameters.Add("margins", "5px 5px 5px 5px"); // Can be Letter, A4, A5, A6 or custom size like 200x200 parameters.Add("paperSize", "Letter"); // Set to Portrait or Landscape. Portrait by default. parameters.Add("orientation", "Portrait"); // true by default. Set to false to disbale printing of background. parameters.Add("printBackground", true); // If large input document, process in async mode by passing true parameters.Add("async", false); // Set to HTML for header to be applied on every page at the header. parameters.Add("header", ""); // Set to HTML for footer to be applied on every page at the bottom. parameters.Add("footer", ""); // Convert dictionary of params to JSON string jsonPayload = JsonConvert.SerializeObject(parameters); // Prepare URL for `HTML to PDF` API call string url = "https://api.pdf.co/v1/pdf/convert/from/html"; // Execute POST request with JSON payload string response = webClient.UploadString(url, jsonPayload); // Parse JSON response JObject json = JObject.Parse(response); if (json["error"].ToObject<bool>() == false) { // Get URL of generated PDF file string resultFileUrl = json["url"].ToString(); webClient.Headers.Remove("Content-Type"); // remove the header required for only the previous request // Download the PDF file webClient.DownloadFile(resultFileUrl, destinationFile); Console.WriteLine("Generated PDF document saved as \"{0}\" file.", destinationFile); } else { Console.WriteLine(json["message"].ToString()); } } catch (WebException e) { Console.WriteLine(e.ToString()); } webClient.Dispose(); Console.WriteLine(); Console.WriteLine("Press any key to exit..."); Console.ReadKey(); } } }

packages.config

      
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <packages> <package id="Newtonsoft.Json" version="10.0.3" targetFramework="net40" /> </packages>

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