How to convert HTML to PDF
HTML is the standard markup language for creating websites. A webpage consists of a multitude of HTML files, each with its own set of key components, such as attributes, entity and character references, and many others. Printing or sharing one of this type of files might be cumbersome as there's a chance that the original layout might be altered in the process. One way to share or print an HTML file is by converting it to the PDF format which is more effective in terms of portability.
In a previous article, we showed you how to create PDF documents from EPUB files. Here, I will teach you how to convert your HTML files to the PDF format. This guide will come in handy to any user who wants to easily print an HTML file without losing its quality or layout in the process. You can convert your HTML files to the PDF format by using online services, but there's no guarantee that you will get quality results or that your documents will remain private and not end up being stored somewhere on the web, for anyone to access them. Using your default web browser or a third-party PDF converter is much more reliable and secure.
You will need to download the following software to follow along with this tutorial.
Converting with your web browser
Almost any web browser, from Microsoft Edge to Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, provides you with an option to print HTML files directly from its interface. Besides allowing you to quickly print HTML files, your web browser also gives you the ability to export your HTML files to the PDF format. Here I will show you how to convert HTML files to the PDF format by using Google Chrome:
Right-click your HTML file, select the "Open With" option, and choose Google Chrome from the given list.
Once the file is loaded into your web browser, click the 3-dot button from the upper-right side of the window, and choose the "Print" option.
Select the option to change the destination of the file. Choose the "Save As PDF" option and configure the output settings according to your needs. The PDF document will then be exported to the selected destination folder.
Converting with a PDF converter
There are dozens of PDF converters on the market, each with its own set of features and price tag. One example comes from Icecream PDF Converter, a utility that provides you with a user-friendly interface, supports batch conversion, and immediately generates the quality PDF documents you need. You can convert up to 5 HTML files at a time (a maximum of 10 pages per document) without paying a buck. You can always upgrade the program to its Pro edition and get rid of this limitation. Here's what you need to do:
Launch the utility on your PC. Choose the "To PDF" option.
Drag-and-drop your HTML file over the program's interface, choose a destination folder, and click the "Convert" button.
As you can see, it's very simple to convert HTML files to the PDF format. The question is: which method will you choose? Let us know in the comments section below.