Before we dive further into the process why don’t we learn what is word document or what is PDFs or what is the need to convert word document to PDFs.
Word Document is a popular word-processing program used primarily for creating documents such as letters, brochures, learning activities, tests, quizzes and students’ homework assignments.DOC stands for DOCument file. A DOC file can contain formatted text, images, tables, graphs, charts, page formatting, and print settings.
The Portable Document Format (PDF)is a file format developed by Adobe in the 1990s to present documents, including text formatting and images, in a manner independent of application software, hardware, and operating systems
Yes, PDFs were created to avoid any changes that might occur due change in hardware or software which might have occurred to you if you had ever used Word document.Let’s take a example,Whenever a make a word document and to a printing shop for the print the shop owner may have different OS,hardware or even software and when you get your printed document it is not what you saved at your computer maybe there is a large gap between line format is distorted or something else.So,that’s where PDF come’s to rescue.
Word to PDF approaches
There are three methods that I am going to discuss today which are very easy to use and produce excellent results. These are using:
awesome-unoconv is nodeJS wrapper for converting Office files to PDF or HTML
Unoconv is required, which requires LibreOffice (or OpenOffice)
You can install unoconv in linux operating system by using following command
Now go to the terminal and run your command pdf will be created in current working directory with name “myDoc.pdf” (you choose any name you like).
This is one of the method to convert word document to pdf let’s keep going.
A simple and fast node.js module for converting office documents to different formats.
Since,I am using linux please Install libreoffice in /Applications (Mac), with your favorite package manager (Linux), or with the msi (Windows).
Since,This is only for libre-office you might not find it very usefull if you are using windows but for for linux/Mac operating system it is very popular.
Let’s look at the last and third method to convert word document to PDFs
It is a library that converts docx file to pdf and it is one of most optimal and quality wise best among the three and most easiest one also.
Output should be output.pdf which will be produced on the output path your provided.