ReportLab is the time-proven, ultra-robust open-source engine for creating complex, data-driven PDF documents and custom vector graphics. It's free, open-source , and written in Python. The package sees 50,000+ downloads per month, is part of standard Linux distributions, is embedded in many products, and was selected to power the print/export feature for Wikipedia.
The ReportLab Toolkit has evolved over the years in direct response to the real-world reporting needs of large institutions. The library implements three main layers:
- A graphics canvas API that 'draws' PDF pages
- A charts and widgets library for creating reusable data graphics.
- A page layout engine - PLATYPUS ("Page Layout and TYPography Using Scripts") - which builds documents from elements such as headlines, paragraphs, fonts, tables and vector graphics.
The open-source ReportLab Toolkit provides the core of our commercial product, ReportLab PLUS, which generates PDF at higher speed and allows use of our smart XML-based templating language RML. ReportLab PLUS contains significant upgrades over the open-source library that allows for a much faster development cycle. If you are putting substantial time into building a solution please consider the commercial version; it is faster, does more, and the revenues directly support ongoing development. You can trial ReportLab PLUS for free.
|ReportLab's free PDF toolkit...||All the features of ReportLab open-souce plus...|
|Automate document production||Powerful templating tools|
|Generate multiple PDFs fast||Build your PDFs like HTML with Report Markup Language (RML)|
|Diagra charting toolkit||Intelligently flow text, charts and graphics with conditional logic|
|Reduce paperwork and print costs||PageCatcher™ - import and overprint existing design assets|
|Fill pre-existing forms|
|Synchronise content from multiple data sources|
|Web and print-grade output from a single source|
|Commercial support hours included as standard|
All our products are cross-platform and work with Linux, Windows, Mac OSX, Solaris, AIX, FreeBSD and more. You may need to install development tools to compile our C extensions properly.
If you are developing a complex system with ReportLab functionality please look at our solutions page - we have built bespoke platforms for some of the world's biggest companies and could help you get started.