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    @contractmill/prince

    1.9.0 • Public • Published

    Node-Prince (fork)

    Node API for executing the XML/HTML to PDF renderer PrinceXML via prince CLI.

    Abstract

    This is a Node API for executing the XML/HTML to PDF renderer PrinceXML CLI prince from within JavaScript. The essential point of this Node extension is not primarily to just abstract away the asynchronous CLI execution. Instead there are two other major points: First, this Node extension provides a fixed dependency, as other Node extensions which require PrinceXML can just depend (via their NPM package.json file) onto this extension. Second, as this Node extension can — across platforms — automatically download, locally unpack and use a PrinceXML distribution, there is no need for any previously available global PrinceXML installation. Just depend on this Node extension and PrinceXML is available!

    Installation

    Use the Node Package Manager (NPM) to install this module locally (default) or globally (with option -g):

    $ npm install [-g] prince
    

    ATTENTION: In case you are behind a corporate firewall, you usually have to configure your corporate proxy before installing this module. For this, either configure the proxy inside NPM (e.g. npm config set proxy http://proxy.example.com:3128) or alternatively set the environment variable http_proxy (e.g. export http_proxy=http://proxy.example.com:3128).

    NOTICE: PrinceXML provides just distribution-specific and dynamically linked Linux binaries. The Node-Prince installation procedure tries to detect your particular distribution on npm install [-g] prince and downloads the corresponding binary. But because of the dynamic linking of PrinceXML binaries, it still can be that you first have to install some distribution-specific system dependencies. For instance, under Debian 8.0 you first have to install the necessary system packages with apt-get install nodejs nodejs-legacy npm libgif4 curl.

    Alpine

    Before using this module, be sure that you have installed all the following packages.

    apk update &&
    apk upgrade && 
    apk --no-cache add libxml2 pixman tiff giflib libpng lcms2 libjpeg libcurl fontconfig freetype libgomp msttcorefonts-installer fontconfig 
    update-ms-fonts 
    fc-cache -f

    Usage

    const Prince = require("prince")
    const util   = require("util")
    
    Prince()
        .inputs("test.html")
        .output("test.pdf")
        .execute()
        .then(function () {
            console.log("OK: done")
        }, function (error) {
            console.log("ERROR: ", util.inspect(error))
        })

    API

    • Prince([options]): Prince: constructor for the API. Call this once for every XML/HTML to PDF conversion process. This returns the Prince API for further method chaining.

    • Prince#binary(binary): Prince: set the path to the prince(1) binary. By default it is prince (in case PrinceXML was found globally installed at the Node API installation time) or the path to the prince binary of the locally installed PrinceXML distribution (in case PrinceXML was not found globally installed at the Node API installation time). This returns the Prince API for further method chaining.

    • Prince#prefix(prefix): Prince: set the path to the PrinceXML installation. This by default is either empty (in case PrinceXML was found globally installed at the Node API installation time) or the path to the locally installed PrinceXML distribution (in case PrinceXML was not found globally installed at the Node API installation time). This returns the Prince API for further method chaining.

    • Prince#license(filename): Prince: set the path to the PrinceXML license file. This by default uses the path license/license.dat under the PrinceXML installation. This returns the Prince API for further method chaining.

    • Prince#timeout(timeout): Prince: set the execution timeout in milliseconds. The by default it is 10000 (10s). This returns the Prince API for further method chaining.

    • Prince#maxbuffer(maxbuffer): Prince: set the execution maximum stdout/stderr buffer size in bytes. The by default it is 10485760 (10MB). This returns the Prince API for further method chaining.

    • Prince#cwd(dirname): Prince: set the current working directory for execution. The by default it is . (current working directory). This returns the Prince API for further method chaining.

    • Prince#inputs(filename): Prince: set one (in case filename is a string) or multiple (in case filename is an array of strings) input XML/HTML files. This returns the Prince API for further method chaining.

    • Prince#output(filename): Prince: set the output PDF file. This returns the Prince API for further method chaining.

    • Prince#option(name, value[, forced]): Prince: set a PrinceXML option name name to a value value. The API knows the officially supported options of PrinceXML 9.0 and by default rejects unknown options. But arbitrary options can be passed by setting forced to true in case a different PrinceXML version should be used. This returns the Prince API for further method chaining.

    • Prince#execute(): Promise: asynchronously execute the conversion process. This returns a promise. On success it resolves to an object with stdout and stderr fields. On error, it resolves to an object with error, stdout and stderr fields.

    See Also

    Companion Grunt task grunt-princess

    License

    Copyright (c) 2014-2021 Dr. Ralf S. Engelschall (http://engelschall.com/)

    Permission is hereby granted, free of charge, to any person obtaining a copy of this software and associated documentation files (the "Software"), to deal in the Software without restriction, including without limitation the rights to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense, and/or sell copies of the Software, and to permit persons to whom the Software is furnished to do so, subject to the following conditions:

    The above copyright notice and this permission notice shall be included in all copies or substantial portions of the Software.

    THE SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED "AS IS", WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NONINFRINGEMENT. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE AUTHORS OR COPYRIGHT HOLDERS BE LIABLE FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGES OR OTHER LIABILITY, WHETHER IN AN ACTION OF CONTRACT, TORT OR OTHERWISE, ARISING FROM, OUT OF OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SOFTWARE OR THE USE OR OTHER DEALINGS IN THE SOFTWARE.

    Install

    npm i @contractmill/prince

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    1.9.0

    License

    MIT

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