Pdfkit VS Wicked Pdf

Compare Pdfkit vs Wicked Pdf and see what are their differences.


A Ruby gem to transform HTML + CSS into PDFs using the command-line utility wkhtmltopdf (by pdfkit)

Wicked Pdf

PDF generator (from HTML) plugin for Ruby on Rails (by mileszs)
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Pdfkit Wicked Pdf
4 6
2,920 3,518
0.1% -
2.5 7.0
9 months ago 22 days ago
Ruby Ruby
MIT License MIT License
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Posts with mentions or reviews of Pdfkit. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-10-24.

Wicked Pdf

Posts with mentions or reviews of Wicked Pdf. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-10-24.
  • Working with PDFs in Ruby
    4 projects | dev.to | 24 Oct 2023
    We’ll start with the WickedPDF gem, which is powered by the wkhtmltopdf command-line library.
  • Creating PDFs in a Ruby on Rails application
    6 projects | dev.to | 26 Oct 2021
    You have a few options when trying to create a PDF in a Rails environment. Prawn and Wicked PDF have been around for quite a while. I have been using both gems and they work fine. However, they have a few limitations that can make it difficult to handle more complex PDFs. I recently discovered Grover, which can remediate some of this inflexibility in creating PDFs.
  • Generate PDF with gem wicked_pdf
    2 projects | dev.to | 16 Jun 2021
    # WickedPDF Global Configuration # # Use this to set up shared configuration options for your entire application. # Any of the configuration options shown here can also be applied to single # models by passing arguments to the `render :pdf` call. # # To learn more, check out the README: # # https://github.com/mileszs/wicked_pdf/blob/master/README.md WickedPdf.config ||= {} WickedPdf.config.merge!({ layout: "pdf.html.erb", orientation: "Landscape", lowquality: true, zoom: 1, dpi: 75 })
  • Converting HTML to PDF using Rails
    5 projects | dev.to | 7 Jun 2021
    A couple of popular gems to convert HTML to PDF in Rails are PDFKit and WickedPDF. They both use a command line utility called wkhtmltopdf under the hood; which uses WebKit to render a PDF from HTML.
  • Gerando PDF com a gem wicked_pdf no Rails 6
    3 projects | dev.to | 24 Apr 2021
  • 20 months, 2K hours, 200K € lost. A story about resilience and sunk cost fallacy
    2 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 4 Jan 2021
    Thanks for sharing - it takes a lot to share these sort of personal experiences. I've definitely been there, too.

    Aside from all the good and valid comments about reducing scope and shipping an MVP, I'd like to raise another point which may be controversial (or even wrong), but still worth raising:

    Would it have been different if you had used Rails? A few of the problems you mention (rich text editing, validation, and to some extend, pdf exports) are very easily solved in Rails. Take rich text editing: It's literally a couple minutes to use ActionText. Or validations / forms, there's really not much work to do. PDF exports are also not too hard via wicked_pdf [1] if you're okay with fixing some formatting quirks later on.

    I've seen both worlds by writing tons of JS / React code myself, and at that time (2016-2018) those problems were almost an order of magnitude more time-costly to implement in SPAs. I remember react-router.. not great memories.

    Of course, all the points reducing MVP scope still hold, yadda yadda, but.. if you could have had all those features (nearly) for free, would you be at another stage now? Who knows.

    [1] https://github.com/mileszs/wicked_pdf

What are some alternatives?

When comparing Pdfkit and Wicked Pdf you can also consider the following projects:

puppeteer - Node.js API for Chrome

Prawn - Fast, Nimble PDF Writer for Ruby

Grover - A Ruby gem to transform HTML into PDFs, PNGs or JPEGs using Google Puppeteer/Chromium

WKHTMLToPDF - Convert HTML to PDF using Webkit (QtWebKit)

Tailwind CSS - A utility-first CSS framework for rapid UI development.

CombinePDF - A Pure ruby library to merge PDF files, number pages and maybe more...

HexaPDF - Versatile PDF creation and manipulation for Ruby

Webpacker - Use Webpack to manage app-like JavaScript modules in Rails