Category Archives: note to self

svg2pdf

When you need to convert an SVG file to PDF format (for inclusion into a document, for instance) you can take several options:

  • ImageMagick “convert” command will produce a raster PDF instead of a vector one. This may be enough for you and it is convenient, because it is command line based, and therefore scriptable
  • Inkscape can load the SVG file and then you can export it as PDF. This will generate a vector PDF, which is great because it is scalable, but using a GUI-based solution can be fastidious if you have to convert a bunch o files.

Today I discovered that you can have both advantages (command line and vector PDF) using Inkscape. Just use the¬† “–without-gui” option as follows

inkscape –without-gui –file=filename.svg –export-pdf=filename.pdf