Getting Started


Code Examples


Not using any of our example languages? Here are the basics, but let us know what you're using! That'll help us get the best examples.

Make a POST...

To make docs, send a POST request to this URL:

...with this payload

Here's an example POST body payload in JSON. Note that when sending JSON, you'll need to set an HTTP header for Content-Type as application/json.

  "test": true,                                                    // test documents are free but watermarked
  "document_content": "<html><body>Hello</body></html>",           // supply content directly
  // "document_url": "", // or use a url
  "name": "docraptor.pdf",                                         // help you find a document later
  "document_type": "pdf",                                          // pdf or xls or xlsx
  // "javascript": true,                                           // enable JavaScript processing
  // "prince_options": {
  //   "media": "screen"                                           // use screen styles instead of print styles
  //   "baseurl": ""                               // pretend URL when using document_content
  // }


Here's how to do it with curl:

curl \
  --fail --silent --show-error \
  --header "Content-Type:application/json" \
  --data '{"test": true,
           "document_url": "",
           "name": "docraptor.pdf",
           "document_type": "pdf" }' > docraptor.pdf

Converting HTML into PDF and XLS documents is fast and painless with DocRaptor. Just POST to our Docs API with your HTML content and some required parameters, either as a form serialized string or a JSON object.

Below you’ll find complete examples for many programming languages, but our API Reference Guide has all the details about the complete workings of the Docs API.


With DocRaptor, your PDF content is HTML and its style is CSS - things you already know! Even still, it can be difficult to get your PDF to look just right. Check out our Style and Formatting Documentation for everything related getting a perfectly styled PDF!