Do you need to convert HTML to PDFs or images while retaining the highest quality? Look no further than cloudlayer.io, a service that uses a customized version of Puppeteer to render HTML and websites for high-fidelity results. In this blog post, we'll discuss the best way to ensure your content is fully loaded before outputting it as a PDF or an Image using Puppeteer.
Why Puppeteer and Chrome for HTML conversion?
Dealing with content loading challenges
load- navigation is finished when the load event is fired.
domcontentloaded- navigation is finished when the DOMContentLoaded event is fired.
networkidle0- navigation is finished when there are no more than 0 network connections for at least 500 ms.
networkidle2- navigation is finished when there are no more than 2 network connections for at least 500 ms.
Choosing the right waitUntil option
networkidle0is best suited for SPA-based applications or applications that close connections when finished, such as those using fetch requests.
networkidle2is ideal for pages using streams or long-lived connections, like polling or background tasks involving network connections.
Addressing common edge cases
Some edge cases require additional workarounds, such as:
- Lazy-loaded images
- Lazy-loaded content based on scrolling position
- Videos or animated content
To address these edge cases, you can use the following techniques:
- For lazy-loaded images and content, simulate scrolling the page to the end and then render the result. Combine this approach with
networkidle2for optimal results. Be cautious with infinitely scrolling sites, as excessively large renderings may cause memory exceptions. Implement techniques to prevent this or consider using cloudlayer.io, where we've already addressed these challenges.
Example: If you are using cloudlayer.io we have a feature called
autoScroll which will simulate scrolling the page, which triggers lazy-loaded elements to render. Combine
networkidle2 for the best results, although there's no guarantee due to varying scenarios.
Puppeteer and Chrome offer a powerful and versatile solution for converting HTML to PDFs and images while ensuring high-fidelity results. By understanding the various waitUntil options and addressing common edge cases, you can achieve complete content loading for your conversion needs.
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