Convert PowerPoint Presentation to PDF in AWS Lambda

13 Oct 20236 minutes to read

Syncfusion PowerPoint is a .NET Core PowerPoint library used to create, read, edit and convert PowerPoint documents programmatically without Microsoft PowerPoint or interop dependencies. Using this library, you can convert a PowerPoint Presentation to PDF in AWS Lambda.

Steps to convert PowerPoint Presentation to PDF in AWS Lambda

Step 1: Create a new AWS Lambda project as follows.
AWS Lambda project

Step 2: Select Blueprint as Empty Function and click Finish.
Select Blueprint as Empty Function

Step 3: Install the following Nuget packages in your application from

Install Syncfusion.PresentationRenderer.Net.Core Nuget Package

Install SkiaSharp.NativeAssets.Linux v2.88.6 Nuget Package

Install HarfBuzzSharp.NativeAssets.Linux v7.3.0 Nuget Package


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Step 4: Create a folder and copy the required data files and include the files to the project.
Create a folder

Step 5: Set the copy to output directory to Copy if newer to all the data files.
Property change for data files

Step 6: Include the following namespaces in Function.cs file.

using Syncfusion.Presentation;
using Syncfusion.PresentationRenderer;
using Syncfusion.Pdf;

step 7: Add the following code snippet in Function.cs to convert a PowerPoint Presentation to PDF.

/// <summary>
/// A simple function that takes a string and does a ToUpper
/// </summary>
/// <param name="input"></param>
/// <param name="context"></param>
/// <returns></returns>
public string FunctionHandler(string input, ILambdaContext context)
    string filePath = Path.GetFullPath(@"Data/Input.pptx");
    //Open the file as Stream
    using (FileStream fileStreamInput = new FileStream(filePath, FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read))
        //Open the existing PowerPoint presentation with loaded stream.
        using (IPresentation pptxDoc = Presentation.Open(fileStreamInput))
            //Convert the PowerPoint document to PDF document.
            using (PdfDocument pdfDocument = PresentationToPdfConverter.Convert(pptxDoc))
                //Create the MemoryStream to save the converted PDF.      
                MemoryStream pdfStream = new MemoryStream();
                //Save the converted PDF document to MemoryStream.
                pdfStream.Position = 0;
                return Convert.ToBase64String(pdfStream.ToArray());

Step 8: Right-click the project and select Publish to AWS Lambda.
Publish to AWS Lambda

Step 9: 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.
Upload Lambda Function

Step 10: 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.
Advance Function Details

Step 11: After deploying the application, you can see the published Lambda function in AWS console.
After deploying the application

Step 12: Edit Memory size and Timeout as maximum in Basic settings of the AWS Lambda function.
AWS Lambda Function

Steps to post the request to AWS Lambda

Step 1: Create a new console project.
Create a console project

step 2: Install the following Nuget packages in your application from

Step 3: Include the following namespaces in Program.cs file.

using Amazon;
using Amazon.Lambda;
using Amazon.Lambda.Model;
using Newtonsoft.Json;

Step 4: Add the following code snippet in Program.cs to invoke the published AWS Lambda function using the function name and access keys.

//Create a new AmazonLambdaClient
AmazonLambdaClient client = new AmazonLambdaClient("awsaccessKeyID", "awsSecreteAccessKey", RegionEndpoint.USEast2);
//Create new InvokeRequest with published function name.
InvokeRequest invoke = new InvokeRequest
    FunctionName = "MyNewFunction",
    InvocationType = InvocationType.RequestResponse,
    Payload = "\"Test\""
//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.

PPTX to PDF in AWS Lambda

From GitHub, you can download the console application and AWS Lambda project.

Click here to explore the rich set of Syncfusion PowerPoint Library (Presentation) features.

An online sample link to convert PowerPoint Presentation to PDF in ASP.NET Core.