Headless (command line) operations on Word, Excel, Powerpoint and most other formats LibreOffice can handle for:
- Doc => PDF conversion (LibreOffice only)
- printing (to the system default printer only)
from Python command line using LibreOffice or Microsoft Word
.doc / .docx to PDF conversion
Convert a directory of .doc / .docx to .pdf by:
python -m loutils.doc2pdf ~/Documents
The doc2print.py script can print an unlimited number of pages to an unwanted printer, possibly causing great expense or violation of private documents to a public printer. Use great care with these scripts, preferably to a local non-networked printer you are sitting next to.
python -m loutils.doc2print ~/mydocs
-exe parameter allows selecting the printing program.
The script does not check that the files can be printed appropriately, it just prints.
Thus use the
-s parameter to select only the suffixes wanted.
For example to print all Markdown files in a directory with Notepad++:
python -m loutils.doc2print ~/mydocs -s .md -exe notepad++
LibreOffice 7.2 finally fixed file globbing, but we use explict for-looping to work with older LibreOffice. LibreOffice is not thread-safe, so documents are converted or printed one at a time.