How to convert any Document Format into PDF in Python

Let’s say we have a large number of incoming documents and images, with no way to properly provide compatibility, printability, etc. That could pose quite a problem if you don’t have a system in place to handle it, which is where today’s post comes in. We will be using Python to set up autodetect for a variety of file formats, and then convert all of those files into convenient PDFs.

To save a large amount of time, we will be using an API that is already custom-fit for this task. Toward that end, we must install its client with this command for pip install:

pip install cloudmersive-convert-api-client

And here is how to call the API function that we will need:

from __future__ import print_functionimport timeimport cloudmersive_convert_api_clientfrom import ApiExceptionfrom pprint import pprint# Configure API key authorization: Apikeyconfiguration = cloudmersive_convert_api_client.Configuration()configuration.api_key['Apikey'] = 'YOUR_API_KEY'# Uncomment below to setup prefix (e.g. Bearer) for API key, if needed# configuration.api_key_prefix['Apikey'] = 'Bearer'# create an instance of the API classapi_instance = cloudmersive_convert_api_client.ConvertDocumentApi(cloudmersive_convert_api_client.ApiClient(configuration))input_file = '/path/to/file' # file | Input file to perform the operation on.try:# Convert Document to PDFapi_response = api_instance.convert_document_autodetect_to_pdf(input_file)pprint(api_response)except ApiException as e:print("Exception when calling ConvertDocumentApi->convert_document_autodetect_to_pdf: %s\n" % e)

Now just use input_file to feed document and image files into convert_document_autodetect_to_pdf, which will then return your PDFs. It’s really just that easy. This function supports 100+ image formats and most Office formats.

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