Wicked Pdf VS Webpacker

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

Wicked Pdf

PDF generator (from HTML) plugin for Ruby on Rails (by mileszs)


Use Webpack to manage app-like JavaScript modules in Rails (by rails)
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Wicked Pdf Webpacker
5 54
3,395 5,318
- -0.1%
5.3 7.8
12 days ago 5 days ago
Ruby Ruby
MIT License MIT License
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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 2021-10-26.
  • 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


Posts with mentions or reviews of Webpacker. We have used some of these posts to build our list of alternatives and similar projects. The last one was on 2023-02-01.
  • Asset Pipeline JS Migration
    2 projects | dev.to | 1 Feb 2023
    Using Webpacker in Rails provides several advantages over the traditional asset pipeline. First, Webpacker uses JavaScript modules, which allows for better code organization and improved code reusability. Second, it offers modern frontend build tools, such as Babel and PostCSS, for transforming and compiling assets. Third, it provides faster build times and faster runtime performance through code splitting and lazy loading. Fourth, it offers better integration with JavaScript frameworks such as React, Vue, and Angular. Overall, Webpacker offers a more flexible and modern asset management solution for Rails applications. And while Webpacker is being retired, this initiative is to consolidate our code accordingly before moving our bundler to another solution.
  • Thank you Webpacker, Goodbye Webpacker
    6 projects | dev.to | 14 Dec 2022
    This article is replace Webpacker with Simpacker and webpack.
  • Moving from BS4 to BS5 in Rails 6, having unexpected results
    2 projects | reddit.com/r/rails | 5 Feb 2022
    Took me 2 days to find this bug report: https://github.com/rails/webpacker/issues/3188 (thanks again tagliala)
  • Webpacker 6 development continues as shakacode/shakapacker
    4 projects | reddit.com/r/rails | 19 Jan 2022
    But it's there in the webpacker README now, if anyone hasn't seen it. https://github.com/rails/webpacker
  • Webpacker Has Been Retired
    4 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 19 Jan 2022
  • Webpacker Retired
    9 projects | reddit.com/r/rails | 19 Jan 2022
  • Unable to build and deploy Rails app on heroku - Throws gyp verb cli error
    7 projects | reddit.com/r/Heroku | 17 Dec 2021
    source 'https://rubygems.org' git_source(:github) { |repo| "https://github.com/#{repo}.git" } ruby '2.7.3' # Bundle edge Rails instead: gem 'rails', github: 'rails/rails' gem 'rails', '~> 6.0.3', '>=' gem 'mongoid', git: 'https://github.com/mongodb/mongoid.git' # Use Puma as the app server gem 'puma', '~> 4.1' # Use SCSS for stylesheets gem 'sass-rails', '>= 6' # Transpile app-like JavaScript. Read more: https://github.com/rails/webpacker gem 'webpacker', '~> 4.0' # Turbolinks makes navigating your web application faster. Read more: https://github.com/turbolinks/turbolinks gem 'turbolinks', '~> 5' # Build JSON APIs with ease. Read more: https://github.com/rails/jbuilder gem 'jbuilder', '~> 2.7' # Use Redis adapter to run Action Cable in production # gem 'redis', '~> 4.0' # Use Active Model has_secure_password # Use Active Storage variant # gem 'image_processing', '~> 1.2' gem 'axlsx' gem 'caxlsx_rails' #Bootstrap for UI gem 'bootstrap', '~> 5.1.0' gem 'bootstrap-timepicker-rails', '~> 0.1.3' gem 'bootstrap-select-rails', '~> 1.6', '>= 1.6.3' #JQuery Rails gem 'jquery-rails' gem 'rails_12factor', group: :production # Reduces boot times through caching; required in config/boot.rb gem 'bootsnap', '>= 1.4.2', require: false group :development, :test do # Call 'byebug' anywhere in the code to stop execution and get a debugger console gem 'byebug', platforms: [:mri, :mingw, :x64_mingw] end group :development do # Access an interactive console on exception pages or by calling 'console' anywhere in the code. gem 'web-console', '>= 3.3.0' gem 'listen', '~> 3.2' gem 'pry' # Spring speeds up development by keeping your application running in the background. Read more: https://github.com/rails/spring gem 'spring' gem 'spring-watcher-listen', '~> 2.0.0' end group :test do # Adds support for Capybara system testing and selenium driver gem 'capybara', '>= 2.15' gem 'selenium-webdriver' # Easy installation and use of web drivers to run system tests with browsers gem 'webdrivers' gem 'cucumber-rails', require: false gem 'database_cleaner' end # Windows does not include zoneinfo files, so bundle the tzinfo-data gem gem 'tzinfo-data', platforms: [:mingw, :mswin, :x64_mingw, :jruby] #HTTParty for RESTful API calls gem 'httparty' #Paperclip for storing files gem 'paperclip' gem "mongoid-paperclip", :require => "mongoid_paperclip" gem "letter_opener", :group => :development r
  • Live reloading with Ruby on Rails and esbuild
    11 projects | dev.to | 6 Nov 2021
    As you may have heard by now, Rails 7 comes out of the box with importmap-rails and the mighty Webpacker is no longer the default for new Rails applications.
  • 10 Awesome Ruby Gems for Ruby on Rails Web Development
    7 projects | dev.to | 21 Aug 2021
  • Modern web apps without JavaScript bundling or transpiling
    3 projects | reddit.com/r/ruby | 15 Aug 2021
    i mean the webpacker gem is core rails though. unless you are saying that is not supported very well? https://github.com/rails/webpacker

What are some alternatives?

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

Pdfkit - A Ruby gem to transform HTML + CSS into PDFs using the command-line utility wkhtmltopdf

Prawn - Fast, Nimble PDF Writer for Ruby

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

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

esbuild - An extremely fast bundler for the web

Asset Sync - Synchronises Assets between Rails and S3

turbo-rails - Use Turbo in your Ruby on Rails app

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

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


jsbundling-rails - Bundle and transpile JavaScript in Rails with esbuild, rollup.js, or Webpack.

webpack - A bundler for javascript and friends. Packs many modules into a few bundled assets. Code Splitting allows for loading parts of the application on demand. Through "loaders", modules can be CommonJs, AMD, ES6 modules, CSS, Images, JSON, Coffeescript, LESS, ... and your custom stuff.