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While it's not hack-proof and some PDF viewers ignore the setting (like OSX Preview), it's easy to generate PDFs that disallow printing with DocRaptor's API.

There are two API parameters that must be defined. First, document encryption must enabled by setting prince_options[encrypt] to true. Then, printing must be disabled by setting prince_options[disallow_print] to true.

Below is a complete example of the code in various programming languages.

Code Examples

Test API Key:
YOUR_API_KEY_HERE

Using DocRaptor's API

Below are the basics of using DocRaptor's HTTP API. It can easily be used in any programming language, but if we don't have a native agent for your language, please let us know! That'll help us write the best examples and agents.

The API key shown here, YOUR_API_KEY_HERE, actually works! Use it for testing without creating an account. The only requirement is test mode must be used (test parameter set to true).

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

https://YOUR_API_KEY_HERE@docraptor.com/docs

Send JSON-encoded API parameters (you'll need to set an HTTP header for Content-Type as application/json). These are the only required parameters:

{
  "type": "pdf",
  "document_content": "Hello World!"
}

Generating the Document with cURL

Here's a completely functional code sample for this tutorial:

cat <<-'PDF_OPTIONS' > pdf_options.json
  {
    "test": true,
    "document_content": "You can't print me!",
    "document_type": "pdf",
    "prince_options": {
      "encrypt": true,
      "disallow_print": true
    }
  }
PDF_OPTIONS

curl https://YOUR_API_KEY_HERE@docraptor.com/docs \
  --fail --silent --show-error \
  --header "Content-Type:application/json" \
  --data @pdf_options.json \
  > print-protection.pdf

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Related Tutorials & Documentation

See the complete PDF tutorial list or review the documentation for additional info, such as generating asynchronous documents.

Frameworks supported

  • .NET 4.0 or later
  • Windows Phone 7.1 (Mango)

Dependencies

Installing the .NET Agent

With Nuget:

nuget.exe install DocRaptor

With the Package Manager Console:

Install-Package DocRaptor

You can also download the DLL directly from GitHub.

Generating the Document

The API key shown here, YOUR_API_KEY_HERE, actually works! Use it for testing without creating an account. The only requirement is test mode must be used (test parameter set to true).

using DocRaptor.Client;
using DocRaptor.Model;
using DocRaptor.Api;
using System;
using System.IO;

class Example
{
    static void Main(string[] args)
    {
        DocApi docraptor = new DocApi();
        docraptor.Configuration.Username = "YOUR_API_KEY_HERE";

        try
        {
            Doc doc = new Doc(
                name: "print-protection",
                test: true, // test documents are free but watermarked
                documentContent: "You can't print me!", 
                // documentUrl: "http://docraptor.com/examples/invoice.html", // or use a url
                documentType: Doc.DocumentTypeEnum.Pdf,
                // javascript: false, // enables JavaScript processing
                princeOptions: new PrinceOptions(
                    encrypt: true,
                    disallowPrint: true
                )
            );

            byte[] create_response = docraptor.CreateDoc(doc);
            File.WriteAllBytes("print-protection.pdf", create_response);
        } catch (DocRaptor.Client.ApiException error) {
            Console.Write(error.ErrorContent);
        }
    }
}

Downloads

Here are all the files you need to follow this tutorial:

Related Tutorials & Documentation

See the complete PDF tutorial list or review the documentation for additional info, such as generating asynchronous documents.

Install the Java Agent

Add the com.docraptor package to your project. For example, with Maven you'd add the DocRaptor package to your pom.xml:

<dependency>
  <groupId>com.docraptor</groupId>
  <artifactId>docraptor</artifactId>
  <version>2.0.0</version>
</dependency>

And then install it:

mvn install com.docraptor

Generating the Document

The API key shown here, YOUR_API_KEY_HERE, actually works! Use it for testing without creating an account. The only requirement is test mode must be used (test parameter set to true).

import com.docraptor.*;
import java.io.*;
import java.net.*;
import java.nio.file.*;

public class Sync {

  public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
    DocApi docraptor = new DocApi();
    ApiClient client = docraptor.getApiClient();
    client.setUsername("YOUR_API_KEY_HERE");

    try {
      Doc doc = new Doc();
      doc.setTest(true); // test documents are free but watermarked
      doc.setDocumentContent("You can't print me!");

      // doc.setDocumentUrl("http://docraptor.com/examples/invoice.html"); // or use a url
      doc.setDocumentType(Doc.DocumentTypeEnum.PDF);

      // doc.setJavascript(false); // enables JavaScript processing
      PrinceOptions princeOptions = new PrinceOptions();
      princeOptions.setEncrypt(true);
      princeOptions.setDisallowPrint(true);
      doc.setPrinceOptions(princeOptions);

      byte[] createResponse = docraptor.createDoc(doc);
      FileOutputStream file = new FileOutputStream(
        "print-protection.pdf"
      );
      file.write(createResponse);
      file.close();
    } catch (ApiException error) {
      System.err.println(error);
      System.err.println(error.getCode());
      System.err.println(error.getMessage());
      System.err.println(error.getResponseBody());
    }
  }
}

Downloads

Here are all the files you need to follow this tutorial:

Related Tutorials & Documentation

See the complete PDF tutorial list or review the documentation for additional info, such as generating asynchronous documents.

The DocRaptor JavaScript Library

The DocRaptor JavaScript library makes it easy to create PDFs with JavaScript. The library does not require jQuery, but you can use jQuery to define your document content. When a PDF is requested, the library constructs a hidden form and submits it to the DocRaptor API. The form is necessary to trigger the browser download window.

This library exposes your API key in your website source code. This code should never be used in a publicly-accessible location, instead try using our referrer-based API or a server-side agent such as PHP or Ruby.

JavaScript Example

<html>
  <head>
    <script src="https://docraptor.com/docraptor-1.0.0.js"></script>
    <script>
      var downloadPDFOf = function(selector) {
        DocRaptor.createAndDownloadDoc("YOUR_API_KEY_HERE", {
          name: "print-protection",
          test: true, // test documents are free but watermarked
          document_content: document.querySelector(selector).innerHTML,
          // document_url: "http://docraptor.com/examples/invoice.html", // or use a url
          document_type: "pdf",
          // javascript: false, // enables JavaScript processing
          prince_options: {
            encrypt: true,
            disallow_print: true
          }
        });
      };
    </script>
    <style>
      @media print {
        #pdf-button {
          display: none;
        }
      }
    </style>
  </head>
  <body>
    You can't print me!
    <button id="pdf-button" type="button" onclick="downloadPDFOf('html')">
      Download PDF
    </button>
  </body>
</html>

Downloads

Here are all the files you need to follow this tutorial:

Related Tutorials & Documentation

See the complete PDF tutorial list or review the documentation for additional info, such as generating asynchronous documents.

DocRaptor & Node.js

The best way to use DocRaptor with Node.js is directly through our HTTP API. In this example, we'll use the request module, but you can obviously use any HTTP client you'd like.

Install the Request Module

npm install request

Generating the Document

The API key shown here, YOUR_API_KEY_HERE, actually works! Use it for testing without creating an account. The only requirement is test mode must be used (test parameter set to true).

const request = require("request");
const fs = require("fs");

config = {
  url: "https://docraptor.com/docs",
  encoding: null, //IMPORTANT! This produces a binary body response instead of text
  headers: {
    "Content-Type": "application/json"
  },
  json: {
    user_credentials: "YOUR_API_KEY_HERE",
    doc: {
      test: true, // test documents are free but watermarked
      document_content: "You can't print me!",
      // document_url: "http://docraptor.com/examples/invoice.html", // or use a url
      document_type: "pdf",
      // javascript: false, // enables JavaScript processing
      prince_options: {
        encrypt: true,
        disallow_print: true
      }
    }
  }
};

request.post(config, function(error, response, body) {
  if (response.statusCode == 200) {
    fs.writeFile(
      "print-protection.pdf",
      body,
      "binary",
      function(writeErr) {
        if (writeErr) throw writeErr;
        console.log(
          "Saved print-protection.pdf!"
        );
      }
    );
  } else {
    console.error("Error converting to PDF!", body.toString());
  }
});

Downloads

Here are all the files you need to follow this tutorial:

Related Tutorials & Documentation

See the complete PDF tutorial list or review the documentation for additional info, such as generating asynchronous documents.

Installing the PHP Agent

composer require docraptor/docraptor

Generating the Document

The API key shown here, YOUR_API_KEY_HERE, actually works! Use it for testing without creating an account. The only requirement is test mode must be used (test parameter set to true).

<?php

$docraptor = new DocRaptor\DocApi();
$docraptor->getConfig()->setUsername("YOUR_API_KEY_HERE");

try {
    $doc = new DocRaptor\Doc();
    $doc->setTest(true); # test documents are free but watermarked
    $doc->setDocumentContent("You can't print me!");
    # $doc->setDocumentUrl("http://docraptor.com/examples/invoice.html"); # or use a url
    $doc->setDocumentType("pdf");
    # $doc->setJavascript(false); # enables JavaScript processing
    $prince_options = new DocRaptor\PrinceOptions();
    $doc->setPrinceOptions($prince_options);
    $prince_options->setEncrypt(true);
    $prince_options->setDisallowPrint(true);

    $create_response = $docraptor->createDoc($doc);

    $pdf = fopen(
        'print-protection.pdf',
        "wb"
    );
    fwrite($pdf, $create_response);
    fclose($pdf);
} catch (DocRaptor\ApiException $error) {
    echo $error . "\n";
    echo $error->getMessage() . "\n";
    echo $error->getCode() . "\n";
    echo $error->getResponseBody() . "\n";
}

Downloads

Here are all the files you need to follow this tutorial:

Related Tutorials & Documentation

See the complete PDF tutorial list or review the documentation for additional info, such as generating asynchronous documents.

Installing the Python Agent

pip install --upgrade docraptor

Generating the Document

The API key shown here, YOUR_API_KEY_HERE, actually works! Use it for testing without creating an account. The only requirement is test mode must be used (test parameter set to true).

import docraptor

doc_api = docraptor.DocApi()
doc_api.api_client.configuration.username = 'YOUR_API_KEY_HERE'


try:
    response = doc_api.create_doc({
        'test': True,  # test documents are free but watermarked
        'document_content': 'You cant print me!t print me!',
        # 'document_url': 'http://docraptor.com/examples/invoice.html', # or use a url
        'document_type': 'pdf',
        # 'javascript': False, # enables JavaScript processing
        'prince_options': {
            'encrypt': True, 'disallow_print': True,
        },
    })

    with open('print-protection.pdf', 'w+b') as f:
        binary_formatted_response = bytearray(response)
        f.write(binary_formatted_response)
        f.close()
except docraptor.rest.ApiException as error:
    print(error.status)
    print(error.reason)
    print(error.body)

Downloads

Here are all the files you need to follow this tutorial:

Related Tutorials & Documentation

See the complete PDF tutorial list or review the documentation for additional info, such as generating asynchronous documents.

Installing the Ruby Agent

Add or require the docraptor gem to your project or script.

Generating the Document

The API key shown here, YOUR_API_KEY_HERE, actually works! Use it for testing without creating an account. The only requirement is test mode must be used (test parameter set to true).

require "docraptor"

DocRaptor.configure do |config|
  config.username = "YOUR_API_KEY_HERE"
end

$docraptor = DocRaptor::DocApi.new

begin
  response = $docraptor.create_doc(
    test: true, # test documents are free but watermarked
    document_content: "You can't print me!",
    # document_url: "http://docraptor.com/examples/invoice.html", # or use a url
    document_type: "pdf",
    # javascript: false, # enables JavaScript processing
    prince_options: {encrypt: true, disallow_print: true}
  )

  File.open("print-protection.pdf", "wb") do |file|
    file.write(response)
  end
rescue DocRaptor::ApiError => error
  puts "#{error.class}: #{error.message}"
  puts error.code
  puts error.response_body
  puts error.backtrace[0..3].join("\n")
end

Downloads

Here are all the files you need to follow this tutorial:

Related Tutorials & Documentation

See the complete PDF tutorial list or review the documentation for additional info, such as generating asynchronous documents.

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