Virtual File Server

ConvertAPI can be used as a virtual file server for all your files or web pages that need to be converted. The file is being converted on-demand whenever user clicks on the link. The result can be displayed in a web browser or downloaded.

Parameter "download"

The download parameter is mandatory and must be set in order to get the file as a request result.

  • download=inline - conversion result will be displayed in a browser
  • download=attachment - conversion result will be downloaded

Parameter download controls response "content-type" and "content-dispositon" header values:

Value of "download" parameter content-type content-dispositon
not set default not set
attachment application/octet-stream attachment
inline application/octet-stream inline

Link examples

<a href="https://v2.convertapi.com/convert/web/to/pdf?token=XXX&download=inline&url=http%3A%2F%2Fexample.com%2F">View page as PDF</a>
<a href="https://v2.convertapi.com/convert/web/to/pdf?token=XXX&download=attachment&url=http%3A%2F%2Fexample.com%2F">Save page as PDF</a>
<a href="https://v2.convertapi.com/convert/docx/to/pdf?token=XXX&file=http%3A%2F%2Fexample.com%2Fmy_file.docx">Conversion response in XML format</a>

URL passed as a query parameter must be percentage encoded (e.g. http://example.com should be encoded as http%3A%2F%2Fexample.com).