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Convert a full website to PDF

Victor send me an email some days ago asking if I knew of a way to convert a full website into PDF format. I knew that there were several ways to convert a single page to pdf but I was not so sure about complete websites. I started to perform all kinds of searches but never came up with a free software that would convert a full website to PDF. That is, until I stumbled upon the most obvious choice of them all: The trial version of Adobe Acrobat.

Adobe Acrobat can be used as a trial version for 30 days and it actually does have the exact functionality that Victor is looking for. You can download it directly from Adobe with some nagging done by them. Before you can download the file you need to register an account and request the download link which will be send to your email account. My advise to Adobe is that if they want to lower their sales further they should make it even more complicated for users to download the trial versions.

Download and installation take a while since the download has a size of more than 250 Megabyte. Once installed though everything could not be more fluent. Press the keyboard shortcut SHIFT CTRL O or click on the Create PDF > From Web Page button. A menu opens that is asking for a url and offering several options on how to proceed from here.

create pdfs from full websites

You can specify the levels from the originating page or that you want to convert the whole website. It is normally a good idea to stay on the server and even on the path. If you do not do this the PDF could really download a lot of unrelated pages from other websites or areas of the same website. You will see the transfers in a box and the final version of the document will be shown at the end.

Works perfectly. The result can then be saved in the end as a pdf document.

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  1. viktor said on April 13, 2008 at 12:42 am
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    great,
    thank you very much.

    1. TOMSJR said on September 17, 2015 at 10:49 pm
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      I use Print Friendly’s BOOKMARKLET. If using Firefox, just drag the icon where it says “Add Print Friendly to your browser” on this web page: http://www.printfriendly.com/ to your browser client and you are all set. I turned on VIEW > TOOLBARS> BOOKMARKS so you can drag it to the Bookmarks toolbar that now appears below the Address bar. When you find a web page you want to print, just click on the Print Friendly ICON on the Bookmarks toolbar and voila! You have created a beautiful PDF doc without all the popups and other extraneous junk on the web page.

      http://www.printfriendly.com/

      ONCE AGAIN, drag the “Print Friendly” icon button to your browser toolbar, preferably the Bookmarks toolbar and that is all you need to do. No install reqd. No need to use your PRINT TO from the File menu.

    2. Oosman said on January 11, 2018 at 1:22 pm
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      If you don’t want to use Acrobat but want to pull whole websites into your computer use HTTrack (http://www.httrack.com).

      What it does: It’s like the Google Chrome “Save Page as HTML” but it pulls ALL pages on the site into one folder, not only the current page.

      It’s so good you won’t even think you’re accessing the site offline—from .png, .gif to .zip and .mp3, nothing is left behind. Site is perfectly copied.

      Practical for HUGE sites and if you don’t have enough memory to open 5000+ pages PDFs.

  2. Geoff said on April 13, 2008 at 2:21 am
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    cool feature, I’ll have to give it a try

  3. iamdrin said on August 20, 2008 at 11:09 am
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    How to convert single page into pdf? Webpage from hard drive…please help :0)

    1. kranthi said on March 24, 2010 at 10:45 am
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      use cutepdf

  4. aquastealth said on October 16, 2008 at 9:20 pm
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    iamdrin check this site:
    http://www.htm2pdf.co.uk/default.aspx

    1. Nasorenga said on December 21, 2011 at 12:49 am
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      That only converts a page, not a whole site.

  5. tarek said on October 26, 2008 at 4:16 pm
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    where is the link

  6. Luap said on October 27, 2008 at 5:33 am
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    Using Firefox and the “Scrapbook” add-on I captured a website of 450+ pages–over 17 MB in size–but all links intact, all graphics, etc. Using Acrobat’s create pdf from webpage as Martin described, the final file was just over 2 MB–and worked perfectly. Bravo Martin!!

  7. thanks a lot but i save like html said on October 27, 2008 at 5:54 pm
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    how can i convert it to pdf

  8. Julie said on December 17, 2008 at 5:33 pm
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    Do you know of any open source products that will convert websites to PDFs or is Acrobat my only option?

    1. Nikolay Gechev said on December 8, 2013 at 12:05 pm
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      This converter is online and free http://website2pdf.net/

      1. Rehan said on August 4, 2015 at 5:57 am
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        Wow, this is a nice choice. This converts whole website into pdf. I myself downloaded 2000 pages of a learning site!!

  9. naim said on March 15, 2009 at 6:24 pm
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    great tutorial!!!But hey you can use primopdf too i think

  10. Len said on August 28, 2009 at 5:40 am
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    It LOOKS like it’s going to work then I get a message…
    ‘Nothing Done’
    Authorization failure and the url

    Is there a way to get around this?

    Thanks

  11. JM said on September 4, 2009 at 6:05 pm
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    Acrobat did convert my website to pdf.

    However, I have a page with tree nodes that calls a .js page for expansion functions. After conversion, the pdf document was not able to open the tree nodes.

    Any help on how I could get the tree nodes to expand, contract in the Pdf document would be a big help.

  12. Ahamed said on December 1, 2009 at 8:01 am
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    Cocoa tutorial

  13. bousmaha007 said on December 18, 2009 at 12:18 am
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    thank you but where is the Link

  14. Alex said on February 2, 2010 at 4:37 am
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    Very nice indeed! Very useful.
    Does anybody know if the links are preserved in the conversion?

  15. Anonymous said on March 2, 2010 at 5:28 pm
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    thanks

  16. Wartus said on May 7, 2010 at 8:45 am
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    Try pdfmyurl, it’s free and you don’t need to download or install anything.

    http://pdfmyurl.com

    1. Nasorenga said on December 21, 2011 at 12:55 am
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      Yah, but it only converts a single page, not a full web site (which is the subject of this article).

      1. Wartus said on February 15, 2016 at 5:18 pm
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        Actually it also converts a whole website to PDF now. Please check out http://pdfmyurl.com/entire-website-to-pdf

  17. Prakash said on May 24, 2010 at 12:24 pm
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    Hi,

    I am getting “Authorization Failure” error message when I give the Windows Authenticated SharePoint portal URL. Could you please let me know how to fix this?

    Regards,
    Prakash

  18. The Money Coach said on July 30, 2010 at 3:32 am
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    Now that over a year has past, do we know if there are any good WordPress plugins that will convert a series of posts into a single PDF? I tried poking around myself but still see that the default is to convert a single page or post. Any updates would be appreciated.

  19. Alizah said on October 26, 2010 at 7:16 am
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    I like this iste very much
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    Love ALL

  20. Thanks, I did it with Adobe Acrobat. Yesterday I wasted my 5 hours to do this task and now the software did it for me in 15 minutes..

  21. Ajit D said on August 27, 2011 at 9:01 am
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    oh oh oh.. I’ve got a problem with Adobe Acrobat. The sequence is not proper of the pages. Example-

    link1->link-2-[data]
    link1->link-3-[data]
    then again
    link1->link-2-[data]…

    I think all the data under link1 must come continuously.. which is not in my case… I can’t make proper page numbers because of this problem…

    Any one faced the same problem???

    1. sheikh said on December 25, 2011 at 2:10 pm
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      yes i am facing the problem given bellow:
      1) web page convert to pdf option is not converting hindi or devnagri script font web page how to do it ?

  22. ad869 said on September 18, 2011 at 5:44 pm
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    Adobe Acrobat can be a great tool for archiving websites to PDF when it works, but but its severely limited by crashes for bigger use use due to out of memory errors. The out of memory error or IO errors that come up mean the program terminates and the pdf capture you see on the screen can never be saved or recovered, even if you preserve the temp file.

    I do legal research, and often I need to capture a blog (eg. on blogger) so I have a permanent record of what was written and what the links link to (since blogs can change and content can be deleted). If I try to do a 2-level capture, its usually ok, but it does not get enough data – it will link out to level and that is it. Usually you need at least 3 (link out to another page, and the subsequent content/document hosted there). However when I do a 3-level capture of an entire blog site, after about 8000 pdf pages, I get out of memory errors in XP or Win7 on machines with 1 to 4 gigs of ram and 40 – 500 gigs of free hard disk space.

    I thought it was just me but I tried in on 4 different machines and read the forums and this is a common unresolved problem. It has something to do with the size of the temporary folder, and/or the file size limitations of Acrobat and Windows. It seems that Acrobat creates a single temp pdf file in a directory of the downloaded site and either that file gets too big for it to handle or when you try to save the file it gets too big for the temp folder, regardless of how much disk space you have – emptying the temp folder does not help. There is no resolution to this issue yet – I had this problem with Acrobat 7 and 8, and it still exists in the Acrobat X trial I used last week. Adobe should try to re-engineer the save mechanism so that its caps limits the temp file size and then processes it into a saved PDF before continuing, or allows you to set a page limit, or enables you to continue a capture from a certain page/file count.

    Bottom line, its a great tool if you use it mildly and limit the depth/size of your searches. If you don’t, you will waste hours of time and bandwidth since the resulting file will just crash the program and be irrecoverable, so caution. Peace-out from Ottawa.

  23. Nasorenga said on December 21, 2011 at 12:57 am
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    Thanks for this tip. I just converted a whole html e-book (over 300 pages with illustrations) and it worked beautifully!

  24. Niels said on March 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm
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    than you very much, was searching this for quite a bit

  25. Dan said on March 31, 2012 at 8:29 am
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    there’s a little online tool at http://www.renderhtml.com that can convert websites to pdf.

    1. Nasorenga said on March 31, 2012 at 4:28 pm
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      Yah, but it only converts a single page, not a full web site (which is the subject of this thread).

  26. Salvatore Capolupo said on April 9, 2012 at 3:08 pm
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    Not good, it just do it for a single page… I need this for my whole website!

  27. pdf, pdf naar word, pdf omzetten, pdf bewerken, pdf omzetten, pdf naar jpg said on July 31, 2012 at 9:11 pm
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    Valuable info. Lucky me I found your website accidentally, and I am stunned why this twist of fate didn’t took place earlier! I bookmarked it.

  28. Juy Juka said on September 4, 2012 at 9:44 am
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    Hello,

    thank you very much. If it is still true, htat would have saved me endless searching! :-)

    Wow, the download is realy huge.

    Greetings
    Juy Juka

  29. Anonymous said on September 27, 2012 at 7:00 pm
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    thanks a billion

  30. Chris said on January 19, 2013 at 3:03 am
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    This site does not covert web sites, In fact, it doesn’t do much better than any PDF print driver. It does not follow links on pages, it does not download and covert anything but what you see on the screen.
    Now if you add an option “Follow links on pages Y/N”, and “Stay inside the domain Y/N” then it will be worth something.

  31. Daniel said on September 6, 2013 at 4:44 pm
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    thank you but where is the Link.

  32. Nikolay said on October 26, 2013 at 7:11 am
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    You can try http://website2pdf.net/

    It is recommended to enter subdirectories, otherwise the conversion lasts a long time.

    1. Marcos said on September 25, 2017 at 3:31 pm
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      thank you saved me

  33. Kate said on December 16, 2014 at 10:11 am
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    Hello everyone! My suggestion is to have a look at this free tool http://kitpdf.com/web_to_pdf/ and try the conversion. Simple and easy to use, just upload the URL and see the results. You can also convert pdf files into epub or mobi formats, when needed.

    1. Nasorenga said on December 17, 2014 at 4:06 pm
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      Yah, but it only converts a single page, not a full web site (which is the subject of this thread).

  34. Sunny Mathew said on March 19, 2015 at 5:57 am
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    I tried to convert mys site. but it stops the conversion where the user name and password is asking. What to do to continue ?
    Please help

    1. Joe Blake said on March 30, 2015 at 8:58 am
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      Good Luck with Adobe.

      As if Acrobat 11.0.10, if the site is behind a login/password, you will not be able to pdf the web site.

      This is a 10 year issue that Adobe has yet to address, which is surprising due to their stellar reputation of being considerate to their customers…who pay $200+ a seat for their software.

  35. Jake said on May 10, 2015 at 8:55 pm
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    http://pdfmyurl.com was mentioned here before and now also offers full website to pdf conversion – see http://pdfmyurl.com/batch-web-to-pdf-api

    It’s in BETA right now, but seems to do exactly what this article is about.

  36. Anonymous said on April 8, 2017 at 7:14 pm
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    Most web page (not website) to PDF converters will not save “hidden” drop-down button contents.

    The “hidden” drop-down buttons appear in Google Chrome print to PDF but are not visible on the website. The content (not the button) is visible on the website but there is no way to save it because Chrome only prints the open button.

    Perfect examples of this problem is “Job Descriptions” at http://www.USAjobs.gov for CBP Officer. The job description is visible on the website but not the “hidden” drop-down button so you cannot save it to PDF

    The below tools were able to convert the “hidden” drop-down button with huge irritating watermark:
    http://www.htm2pdf.co.uk/
    http://pdfmyurl.com/
    http://kitpdf.com/web_to_pdf/

  37. Jai said on August 21, 2017 at 11:34 am
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    It worked really cool. Thanks a ton !

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