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Learn how to convert PDF to HTML using Python

In today’s fast-paced digital world, document accessibility is a key consideration for businesses as well as individuals. The need for converting PDF documents to HTML has never been more pronounced. Albeit, PDFs files are excellent for preserving document formatting, but it may get cumbersome to work with them on the web. They often lack the interactivity and adaptability required for modern online experiences. That’s where the Python REST API steps in to bridge the gap. This article explores the growing demand for PDF to HTML conversion and how Python REST API can revolutionize this process.

Python REST API for PDF to HTML Conversion

Converting PDF documents to HTML format is a task made simple and efficient with the Aspose.PDF Cloud SDK for Python. This powerful SDK provides an array of capabilities to tackle the challenges of PDF to HTML conversion seamlessly. Whether you need to present your documents on the web, share content across various platforms, or enhance document accessibility, Aspose.PDF Cloud has you covered.

The Python Cloud SDK is fully capable of creating, editing or transforming PDF files to various formats including EPUB, PS, SVG, XLSX, PPTX, DOCX, HTML.

The SDK is available for download over PIP and GitHub repository. Now please execute the following command on the terminal/command prompt to install the latest version of SDK on the system.

pip install asposepdfcloud

In case you need to directly add the reference in your Python project within Visual Studio IDE, please search asposepdfcloud as a package under the Python environment window. Please follow the steps numbered in the image below to complete the installation process.

pdftohtml api

Image 1:- PDF to HTML conversion API.

Convert PDF to HTML in Python

Please follow the instructions given below to convert a PDF to HTML format.

  • First, create an instance of ApiClient class while passing ClinetID and Client secret details as arguments.
  • Secondly, create an object of PdfApi where we pass ApiClient object as an argument.
  • Thirdly, specify the name of the input PDF and the resultant output.
  • Finally, call the put_pdf_in_storage_to_html(…) method of PdfApi class, to initiate the conversion. The output is stored in cloud storage.

PDF to HTML using cURL Command

Alternatively, converting PDF to HTML can also be streamlined using cURL commands in combination with Aspose.PDF Cloud. This approach provides a convenient way to harness the capabilities of Aspose.PDF Cloud for your PDF to HTML conversion needs. This approach best suits your requirements, when you are looking for platform and language independent approach, to implement a seamless PDF to HTML conversion process.

First we need to generate a JWT access token based on client credentials. Please execute the following command to generate the JWT token.

curl -v "https://api.aspose.cloud/connect/token" \
-d "grant_type=client_credentials&client_id=88d1cda8-b12c-4a80-b1ad-c85ac483c5c5&client_secret=406b404b2df649611e508bbcfcd2a77f" \
-H "Content-Type: application/x-www-form-urlencoded" \
-H "Accept: application/json"

Once we have the JWT token, we can execute the following command to convert a PDF file available in Cloud storage to HTML format and as a result, the output is returned as a stream response.

curl -v -X GET "https://api.aspose.cloud/v3.0/pdf/awesomeTable.pdf/convert/html?documentType=Xhtml&fixedLayout=true&splitCssIntoPages=false&splitIntoPages=false&fontSavingMode=AlwaysSaveAsTTF" \
-H  "accept: multipart/form-data" \
-H  "authorization: Bearer <JWT Token>" \
-o .\Documents\PDFConversion.zip

In case you need to convert the PDF file to HTML and also want to save the output in cloud storage, please try using the following command.

curl -v -X PUT "https://api.aspose.cloud/v3.0/pdf/completeWorkbook.pdf/convert/html?outPath=converted.html&fixedLayout=true&splitIntoPages=false&outputFormat=Zip" \
-H  "accept: application/json" \
-H  "authorization: Bearer <JWT Token>"
PDF to HTML preview

Image 2:- PDF to HTML conversion preview.


In conclusion, the journey from PDF to HTML has never been smoother. We’ve explored the transformative power of Python REST APIs and the efficiency of Aspose.PDF Cloud with cURL commands in converting your PDF documents into dynamic, web-ready HTML. These methods not only ensure document integrity but also enhance accessibility and shareability. So, it’s time to make your content accessible to a broader audience and elevate your online presence.

In case you encounter any issues while using the API or you have any further queries, please feel free to contact us through the free product support forum.

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