How to Convert RTF to HTML in Python

Creating HTML documents from RTF can have a wide variety of uses, from easy web design to compatibility. So how can we accomplish this in Python without spending all day trying to parse clunky RTF format? I have an API library that is going to help immensely in this endeavor. It will perform the entire conversion from start to finish with a single function. Let’s take a closer look.

First we will install our client library:

pip install cloudmersive-convert-api-client

The next step is to call convert_document_rtf_to_html, which takes our input file as an argument.

from __future__ import print_functionimport timeimport cloudmersive_convert_api_clientfrom cloudmersive_convert_api_client.rest 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 Rich Text Format RTF to HTML Documentapi_response = api_instance.convert_document_rtf_to_html(input_file)pprint(api_response)except ApiException as e:print("Exception when calling ConvertDocumentApi->convert_document_rtf_to_html: %s\n" % e)

And you are done! Easy.

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