How to Convert PDF to JPG with PHP

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How to Convert PDF to JPG with PHP
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You can convert a PDF file into a JPG image without taking a screenshot and uploading it yourself through PHP, provided you have the multimedia libraries already installed.

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Things you need

  • ImageMagick
  • GhostScript
  • Windows platform

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  1. 1

    Download ImageMagick from its website if you do not have it already installed. To do this, go to the subdirectory /binaries/ and download one of the following, then install it:

    ImageMagick-6.5.9-0-Q16-windows-dll.exe ImageMagick-6.5.9-0-Q16-windows-static.exe ImageMagick-6.5.9-0-Q8-windows-dll.exe ImageMagick-6.5.9-0-Q8-windows-static.exe

  2. 2

    Download GhostScript from Source Forge and install it.

  3. 3

    Launch the command prompt by going to /All Programs/Accessories/Command Prompt or by typing "cmd" in the quick launch bar.

  4. 4

    Try converting a PDF file. Go to a directory where there is a PDF file, then type:

    convert yourpdfname.pdf yourpdfname.jpg

    Check your source folder again to see the JPG image versions of your PDF file.

  5. 5

    Now, to run this as a script in PHP, simply call on the convert function:

    exec("convert yourpdfname.pdf yourpdfname.jpg")

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure you have a PDF file in the directory you are in, otherwise the function won't be able to work.
  • When you install ImageMagick, make sure to check "Add application directory to your system path" or it won't work properly.

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