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Can WeasyPrint be used with the App Platform?

I’m looking into hosting my Python/Django application on the App Platform and I was wondering if WeasyPrint is supported? It seems to require some further installation besides the Python Package installation.

Any experiences or alternative recommendations to create PDF’s with Django? Thanks!


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Greg M
DigitalOcean Employee
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December 16, 2022

Hello! WeasyPrint can certainly be used with App Platform. I tried to create an instance with a clone of WeasyPrint, however, I wasn’t able to detect the service component.

One simple way to get around that however is to use a docker file.

I found one here: https://gitlab.com/jamesvl/weasyprint-docker-alpine

I created an app with the following app spec:

alerts:
- rule: DEPLOYMENT_FAILED
- rule: DOMAIN_FAILED
name: shark-app
region: nyc
services:
- dockerfile_path: Dockerfile
  gitlab:
    branch: master
    repo: <your gitlab>/weasyprint-docker-alpine
  http_port: 5001
  instance_count: 1
  instance_size_slug: basic-xxs
  name: weasyprint
  routes:
  - path: /
alexdo
Site Moderator
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December 16, 2022

Hello @al3xs

Looking at the official documentation it shouldn’t be e problem to deploy WeasyPrint on the App Platform.

https://doc.courtbouillon.org/weasyprint/stable/first_steps.html#linux

You can try using Dockerfile:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/docker-explained-how-to-containerize-python-web-applications

Regards