1. Very nice. Great Timesaver. Any way to add Spotlights Tags to the PDF?

    Comment by Detlef — July 19, 2005 @ 2:58 pm

  2. Yes…just use the “Add Spotlight Comments” action after this one.

    Comment by Steve — July 19, 2005 @ 3:32 pm

  3. Uups, sorry, very simple. Thanks.

    Comment by Detlef — July 19, 2005 @ 4:28 pm

  4. does this use the Safari rendering engine? Can it be customized to use a different rendering, like Firefox?

    Comment by dan — August 3, 2005 @ 6:21 pm

  5. Dan,

    This action embeds Apple’s WebKit, so it uses the exact same engine as Safari. I looked at embedding Gecko (Mozilla’s engine), but it would have required many, many, many times more work for only minor differences in most cases.

    That said, judging by the CVS version of WebKit, the next release from Apple will fix a *lot* of rendering problems. One thing I’m watching in particular is how it handles CSS page-break properties and they seem to be making quite a bit of progress.

    Comment by Scott Garner — August 10, 2005 @ 8:36 pm

  6. This is neat, but I always found  + p then save as pdf to work well.

    Comment by lipids — August 26, 2005 @ 9:26 pm

  7. Quick Question: Whenever I try to install I get an install error. Any suggestions or point me to one?

    Comment by Scott — September 7, 2005 @ 9:58 am

  8. Is there any way to change the name before saving, instead of automatically having it be from the title of the actual page?

    Comment by blue — September 20, 2005 @ 5:36 am

  9. Yup, just add “rename finder items” at the end.

    Comment by Steve — September 20, 2005 @ 6:24 am

  10. I’m having the same install problem as Scott.

    Is there a resolution to this?

    Comment by Joe — November 4, 2005 @ 3:36 pm

  11. Is there any action that can create pdfs with clickable links, just like Acrobat’s (full) “Create PDF from Web Page”?

    Comment by Chris — November 18, 2005 @ 8:02 am

  12. NEWBIE here I install the package and can’t seem to figure out how to use the action. Please help.

    Comment by carlnunes — December 13, 2005 @ 8:50 pm

  13. A fix to the installer not working:
    1. Download the installer
    2. Located the installed file (“Download URLs as PDFs.pkg”)
    3. Control-Click or right-Click on the installer and select “Show Package Contents”
    4. Browse to “Contents/Archive.pax.gz” and double click it
    5. This should create the action in “Download URLs as PDFs.action” in the “Contents/” folder
    6. Drag “Download URLs as PDFs.action” to “username/Library/Automator/” for single user install or
    7. Drag “Download URLs as PDFs.action” to “/Library/Automator/” for system-wide use
    8 Launch automator.

    Comment by trek — December 23, 2005 @ 2:16 pm

  14. I admit I am a newbie. I’ve downloaded and installed the program and followed the instructions. Where is the “url to be downloaded” supposed to be input? I have an open web page but that doesn’t work. Right clicking doesn’t add anything beyond the usual options. Thanks.

    Comment by Pate — January 11, 2006 @ 2:08 pm

  15. Use the Safari action “Get Specified URLs” to enter the URL. Place it before this workflow.

    Comment by Alex — January 13, 2006 @ 9:04 pm

  16. Feature request: File Name from Clipboard

    I save many PDFs from sites where both page title and address are poor choices for filenames, but suitable text exists in the body of the page, ripe for copying to the clipboard before the action is run..


    Comment by Jordan — March 12, 2006 @ 3:32 pm

  17. Great tool! However, is there any chance of a universal version coming out soon? I can run it under rosetta, but it becomes sort of sluggish that way.

    Comment by Mark Zegarelli — April 3, 2006 @ 3:52 pm

  18. Nice tool! It would be great to have an option “fit to page,” which would fit the entire web page to one PDF page.

    Comment by Jason — April 26, 2006 @ 5:37 pm

  19. I’d like to 2nd the request for a Universal binary version of this excellent action!

    Comment by Martin — June 27, 2006 @ 11:11 am

  20. Interesting website with a lot of resources and detailed explanations.

    Comment by Alex Wilhelm — July 13, 2006 @ 8:10 am

  21. Hmm I love the idea behind this website, very unique.

    Comment by Chas Cornell — August 3, 2006 @ 4:48 am

  22. I downloaded and installed URL to PDF workflow, but can’t find the application. What is the apps name once installed so I can search for it? or where does the installer put it?

    Comment by Skip — September 1, 2006 @ 11:28 pm

  23. This installed a new action that can be preformed in the Automator program.

    Comment by Tyler Cook — January 6, 2007 @ 4:54 am

  24. installed action, but can’t find it. imported it. still can’t find it as an action. what name is it field as?

    Comment by howie — January 22, 2007 @ 3:12 pm

  25. The same…. I cant find application in the Automator menu… HELP me!

    Comment by BOrys — February 25, 2007 @ 11:16 am

  26. Try this newer version, it installed fine. It’s listed under Safari.

    Comment by Steve — February 25, 2007 @ 5:47 pm

  27. The page loses all links when saved as a PDF is there any chance you coul preserve the links in the PDF or even only the URL?

    Comment by Manuela — March 2, 2007 @ 5:52 am

  28. hello

    how do you use this automator script?


    Comment by Alby — June 30, 2007 @ 4:41 am

  29. Hi Scott, can you tll me why sites such as don’t render n your pdf output as they do in safari. Also, I noice the top nav bar on gets missed. Any ideas as to why?

    Comment by Ray — October 14, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

  30. Anyone having issue with the URL to PDF automator action under Leopard? When I run the Workflow it executes but does not now generate the PDF image..perhaps I am missing something under Leopard (I recently upgraded..good job!)

    Comment by Brendan — November 13, 2007 @ 3:38 pm

  31. Hi —

    I was wondering if you’ve resolved the issue with lockFocus in Leopard.


    Comment by Barbara Napholtz — January 11, 2008 @ 3:09 pm

  32. I am having the same problem as Brendan, the workflow executes and says it has created -/Users/****/Desktop/view_topic.pdf , but there is no such file there or any where else.
    I am using Leopard 10.5.1 and URL to PDF 0.4.2

    Comment by Rodney — January 12, 2008 @ 12:07 am

  33. Whenever I open the workflow the Apple web site always appears as the first item in the Get specified URLs space. Any way to permanently remove this.

    Comment by Peter — January 20, 2008 @ 6:51 am

  34. It doesn’t work.
    I try to pass “get specified url” (with to this action and it doesn’t work.

    Well, the action doesn’t return any errors, but no pdf file create.

    Comment by Shiroisame — February 19, 2008 @ 4:45 pm

  35. Yea I think its broken it does not create a PDF file but the whole process works

    Comment by Samuel — March 25, 2008 @ 6:00 pm

  36. Leopard users: Go to the authors website ( and you’ll find an updated and working version 0.42 for OSX 10.5!

    Comment by Johannes — April 7, 2008 @ 4:26 am

  37. I am able to instal the version 0.4.2 but when I look for it on Automator Recently Added menu, it only shows the version 0.3.1 previously installed.

    Comment by Veruska — July 20, 2008 @ 12:04 pm

  38. Doesn’t work over here… Script runs fine but doesn’t create a PDF file… Any solutions so far? I’ve got 0.4.2

    Comment by AST — September 22, 2008 @ 8:38 am

  39. Works fine for me with 0.4.2 and Safari 3.1.2 OS X 10.5.5.
    But can this script be made to work with Opera or any other browser?

    Comment by Peter — October 27, 2008 @ 4:03 am

  40. where is installed this script…because i cant find it!!!
    however how can i use it?

    Comment by marco — October 30, 2008 @ 10:55 am

  41. Does anyone have this working with Safari Beta Version 4 (5528.16)?

    Comment by Brian Ryer — March 5, 2009 @ 2:10 pm

  42. Same problem here. It stopped working with Safari Beta V4. I hope there is an update soon. It’s somewhat annoying to print the page to pdf. Besides, printed web pages often don’t look well as pdf’s.

    Comment by Rodrigo — March 12, 2009 @ 12:12 pm

  43. Where is the script stored?

    Comment by David Lees — March 21, 2009 @ 9:38 pm

  44. Is it possible to delete the action for safari?

    Comment by David Lees — March 21, 2009 @ 10:05 pm

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  47. I downloaded .3.1 but I’m getting an error that it isn’t supported b/c it’s not universal binary. Any help?

    Comment by AmongMany — April 19, 2010 @ 10:26 am

  48. ==== Uninstall Instructions ====

    Macintosh HD > Library > Automator > Download URLs as PDFs.action

    Hope that helps to remove it.


    Comment by Dan Lavie — July 5, 2010 @ 3:32 am

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