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How to Run HTML to PDF Conversion and Retrieve It with Ruby

Here’s our next tutorial about HTML to PDF conversion using different programming languages. Learn how to create PDFs from web data and retrieve them with Ruby

Inkit Render is an HTML to PDF conversion API that integrates with software written in the core programming languages. It also supports Ruby reporting tools and other Ruby on Rails solutions, including data analytics services, financial web applications, healthcare portals, etc.

Render enables you to generate a code snippet in the Ruby documentation style to automate HTML to PDF conversion. After the API integration, your existing Ruby reporting tools will automatically run this code to convert HTML to PDF. Apart from HTML to PDF conversion, Render API enables you to retrieve the generated PDF file.

This tutorial gives HTML to PDF rendering instructions for Ruby. Create PDF files from web browser HTML and easily retrieve them using our guidelines.

Integrate API with Your Ruby Reporting Tools

If you still haven’t connected Render with your Ruby reporting tools, start with the integration. In a few steps, you will be able to convert HTML and CSS to PDF programmatically.

First, you need to sign up for Inkit. Click this link to create a profile using your Google, GitHub, and Microsoft account or email address.


Copy the unique API key and securely store it for future use. At this point, you can also configure user roles to grant or limit access to the API functionality.

After initial settings, select the necessary programming language to automate HTML to PDF conversion in your software. In this case, we choose Ruby.

How to Run HTML to PDF Conversion with Ruby

To convert HTML files to PDF using Ruby:

  1. Go to the Create page in Render.
  2. In the programming languages menu, select Ruby documentation style to customize the code snippet. Render automatically translates the code into the chosen language. Here is a Ruby ‘Create PDF’ example:


  1. Change default body parameters for rendering PDF documents with a custom size.


  1. Set the number of views before expiration, date of deletion, merge parameters, and other functions. These fields allow you to manage the use of PDF files after HTML to PDF conversion.
  2. Enter the API key in the corresponding field.
  3. Copy the generated code and paste it into the environment to run HTML to PDF conversion in Ruby reporting tools.

How to Retrieve the Generated PDF with Ruby

When Render completes HTML to PDF conversion, it automatically saves the result in the directory where you can view it. You can also use the Retrieve PDF command to download Ruby reports in PDF.

To generate the PDF using Ruby:

  1. Go to the Retrieve PDF page in Render.
  2. Make sure Ruby is selected as a programming language. Render should automatically format the code snippet following the Ruby documentation style. It will look like this:



  1. Enter your API key and path parameters in the corresponding fields.
  2. Copy the generated Retrieve PDF code, paste it into the environment, and run to download the created file.

Retrieve the Metadata About the Generated PDF

After generating PDFs, in addition to the converted file, you can retrieve the metadata about it. Retrieve is a separate request that enables you to learn more about a specific conversion and files. You can see the file name, author, source code rendering application, date, and other metadata details.

To obtain the metadata, Go to the Retrieve page > Select Ruby to change code into the Ruby documentation style > Configure the parameters > Copy and run the snippet.

More About Render HTML to PDF Conversion Tool

Render is an HTML to PDF conversion solution offered by Inkit. It’s an HTML to PDF API that allows software developers to layer web pages to PDF rendering functionality to existing products. Unlike online tools that require manual document generation, Render supports programmatic rendering. After a quick integration, it will power your software with automated HTML to PDF conversion and other features.

Render supports a large array of programming languages, not only Ruby. Hence, you can integrate it with any web solution or application to create and retrieve PDFs. The variety of user roles in Render enables you to create teams and choose who can perform specific actions.

For FAQs about Render and pricing plans, visit this page, or start now for free to test how everything works.

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