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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
  "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": "",
           "type": "pdf" }' > docraptor.pdf

The DocRaptor API returns the binary PDF contents, so this example redirects the output to a file called docraptor.pdf .

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