How to Install wkhtmltopdf & wkhtmltoimage on Ubuntu Linux

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This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install wkhtmltopdf and wkhtmltoimage on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04.

For the uninitiated, wkhtmltopdf and wkhtmltoimage are command line tools to render HTML into PDF and various image formats using the Qt WebKit rendering engine.

In some cases, you’ll find these tools embedded in online applications and services to render HTML and PDF files for easy reporting and subscriptions. These tools run entirely “headless” and do not require a display or display service.

If you’re a student or new user looking for a Linux system to learn on, the easiest place to start is Ubuntu Linux OS. It’s a great Linux operating system for beginners.

Ubuntu is an open-source Linux operating system that runs on desktops, laptops, servers, and other devices.

To install these tools on Ubuntu, follow the steps below:

Install wkhtmltopdf & wkhtmltoimage

Install wkhtmltopdf and wkhtmltoimage in Ubuntu is as simple as running the apt command. However, the version that comes with Ubuntu might not necessarily be the latest.

You’ll want to download the .deb file from the project website to install the latest.

At the time of this writing, the current stable series is 0.12.5, which was released on June 11, 2018.

Check the link below for the latest version as it becomes available:

First installed the required packages if you don’t already have them:

sudo apt update 
sudo apt install wget xfonts-75dpi

Then run the commands below to download and install.

cd /tmp
sudo dpkg -i wkhtmltox_0.12.5-1.bionic_amd64.deb

If you run into trouble installing, simply follow the commands above:

sudo apt -f install

After installing, you can verify that they’re installed by running the commands below:

wkhtmltopdf --version

That should output a similar line as shown below:

wkhtmltopdf 0.12.5 (with patched qt)

Run the next command below:

wkhtmltoimage --version

Will output a similar line as shown below

wkhtmltoimage 0.12.5 (with patched qt)

Use wkhtmltopdf & wkhtmltoimage

wkhtmltopdf can put several objects into the output file, an object is either a single webpage, a cover webpage, or a table of contents.

The syntax below is how to use wkhtmltopdf.

wkhtmltopdf  source_file    destination_file.pdf

For example, if you’d like to the webpage into PDF, simply run the commands below


The web content will be generated into a PDF file.

For more about how to use the command, read this page:

This’s it!


This post showed you how to install wkhtmltopdf and wkhtmltoimage on Ubuntu 18.04 | 16.04. If you find any error above, please report it in the comment form below.


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  1. A little change, In case anyone need to install on 32 bit ubuntu 18.04 :
    cd /tmp
    sudo dpkg wkhtmltox_0.12.6-1.bionic_i386.deb

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