Convert HTML to PDF file in AWS Lambda

14 Mar 20244 minutes to read

The Syncfusion HTML to PDF converter is a .NET library for converting webpages, SVG, MHTML, and HTML to PDF using C#. Using this library, convert HTML to PDF document in AWS Lambda.

Refer to the following steps to convert HTML to PDF in AWS Lambda

  • Create an AWS Lambda function to convert HTML to PDF and publish it to AWS.
  • Invoke the AWS Lambda function in your main application using AWS SDKs.

Steps to convert HTML to PDF in AWS Lambda

Step 1: Create a new AWS Lambda project as follows.
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Step 2: In configuration window, name the project and select Create.
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Step 3: Select Blueprint as Empty Function and click Finish.
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Step 4: Install the Syncfusion.HtmlToPdfConverter.Net.Aws NuGet package as a reference to your AWS lambda project from
NuGet package installation


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Step 5: Using the following namespaces in the Function.cs file.

  • C#
  • using Syncfusion.HtmlConverter;
    using Syncfusion.Pdf;
    using System.IO;

    Step 6: Add the following code snippet in Function.cs to convert HTML to PDF document using Convert method in HtmlToPdfConverter class.

  • C#
  • //Initialize HTML to PDF converter with Blink rendering engine.
    HtmlToPdfConverter htmlConverter = new HtmlToPdfConverter();
    //Convert URL to PDF.
    PdfDocument document = htmlConverter.Convert(input);
    //Save the document into stream.
    MemoryStream memoryStream = new MemoryStream();
    //Save and Close the PDF Document.
    return Convert.ToBase64String(memoryStream.ToArray());

    Step 7: Right-click the project and select Publish to AWS Lambda.
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    Step 8: Create a new AWS profile in the Upload Lambda Function Window. After creating the profile, add a name for the Lambda function to publish. Then, click Next.
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    Step 9: In the Advanced Function Details window, specify the Role Name as based on AWS Managed policy. After selecting the role, click the Upload button to deploy your application.
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    Step 10: After deploying the application, Sign in your AWS account and you can see the published Lambda function in AWS console.
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    Steps to invoke the AWS Lambda function from the console application

    Step 1: Create a new console project.
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    Step 2: In project configuration windows, name the project and select Create.
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    Step 3: Install the AWSSDK.Core, AWSSDK.Lambda and Newtonsoft.Json package as a reference to your main application from the
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    Step 4: Include the following namespaces in Program.cs file.

  • C#
  • using Amazon;
    using Amazon.Lambda;
    using Amazon.Lambda.Model;
    using Newtonsoft.Json;
    using System.IO;

    Step 5: Add the following code snippet in Program class to invoke the published AWS Lambda function using the function name and access keys.

  • C#
  • //Create a new AmazonLambdaClient
    AmazonLambdaClient client = new AmazonLambdaClient("awsaccessKeyID", "awsSecreteAccessKey", RegionEndpoint.USEast1);
    //Create new InvokeRequest with the published function name
    InvokeRequest invoke = new InvokeRequest
        FunctionName = "AwsLambdaFunctionHtmlToPdfConversion",
        InvocationType = InvocationType.RequestResponse,
        Payload = "\" \""
    //Get the InvokeResponse from client InvokeRequest
    InvokeResponse response = client.Invoke(invoke);
    //Read the response stream
    var stream = new StreamReader(response.Payload);
    JsonReader reader = new JsonTextReader(stream);
    var serilizer = new JsonSerializer();
    var responseText = serilizer.Deserialize(reader);
    //Convert Base64String into PDF document
    byte[] bytes = Convert.FromBase64String(responseText.ToString());
    FileStream fileStream = new FileStream("Sample.pdf", FileMode.Create);
    BinaryWriter writer = new BinaryWriter(fileStream);
    writer.Write(bytes, 0, bytes.Length);

    By executing the program, you will get the PDF document as follows.
    Convert HTMLToPDF AWS Step12

    A complete working sample can be downloaded from Github.