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Puppeteer vs wkhtmltopdf: What are the differences?

Developers describe Puppeteer as "Headless Chrome Node API". Puppeteer is a Node library which provides a high-level API to control headless Chrome over the DevTools Protocol. It can also be configured to use full (non-headless) Chrome. On the other hand, wkhtmltopdf is detailed as "Convert HTML to PDF using Webkit (QtWebKit)". wkhtmltopdf and wkhtmltoimage are command line tools to render HTML into PDF and various image formats using the QT Webkit rendering engine. These run entirely "headless" and do not require a display or display service.

Puppeteer and wkhtmltopdf are primarily classified as "Headless Browsers" and "File Conversion" tools respectively.

Puppeteer and wkhtmltopdf are both open source tools. Puppeteer with 51.2K GitHub stars and 4.72K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than wkhtmltopdf with 8.4K GitHub stars and 1.17K GitHub forks.

According to the StackShare community, Puppeteer has a broader approval, being mentioned in 25 company stacks & 19 developers stacks; compared to wkhtmltopdf, which is listed in 10 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.

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I am using Node 12 for server scripting and have a function to generate PDF and send it to a browser. Currently, we are using PhantomJS to generate a PDF. Some web post shows that we can achieve PDF generation using Puppeteer. I was a bit confused. Should we move to puppeteerJS? Which one is better with NodeJS for generating PDF?

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Puppeteer

You better go with puppeteer. It is basically chrome automation tool, written in nodejs. So what you get is PDF, generated by chrome itself. I guess there is hardly better PDF generation tool for the web. Phantomjs is already more or less outdated as technology. It uses some old webkit port that's quite behind in terms of standards and features. It can be replaced with puppeteer for every single task.

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Puppeteer

I suggest puppeteer to go for. It is simple and easy to set up. Only limitaiton is it can be used only for chrome browser and currently they are looking into expanding into FF. The next thing is Playwright which is just a scale up of Puppeteer. It supports cross browsers.

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      What is Puppeteer?

      Puppeteer is a Node library which provides a high-level API to control headless Chrome over the DevTools Protocol. It can also be configured to use full (non-headless) Chrome.

      What is wkhtmltopdf?

      wkhtmltopdf and wkhtmltoimage are command line tools to render HTML into PDF and various image formats using the QT Webkit rendering engine. These run entirely "headless" and do not require a display or display service.

      Need advice about which tool to choose?Ask the StackShare community!

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