Release status: beta
|Description||Generates PDF from single articles or collections|
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See this press release Wikis Go Printable for more information on this project.
No Installation required ! 
The PDF Writer can run standalone on a server and provide PDF generation for multiple MediaWiki instances. A server for public testing and low traffic Wikis runs at http://tools.pediapress.com .
All you need is the Collection extension which is configured to use this server by default.
The PDF Writer uses the Python Reportlab libraries to generate PDF based on a DOM derived from parsing mediawiki-markup using the mwlib parser. The Collection Extension can be used to select and manage articles that shall constitute the resulting PDF.
Using easy_install 
Make sure, you have the needed environment. On Debian systems:
apt-get install g++ perl python python-dev python-setuptools python-imaging python-lxml libevent-dev
Simply download and install mwlib with easy_install:
easy_install mwlib && rehash
RPM based Distros that have yum - just do : yum search mwlib , then do : yum install mwlib
fyi: mwlib has some depedencies which makes it more hard to compile from scratch.
Custom render server 
For the execution of a custom render server (you have a local mediawiki instance i.e), you need to install mwlib as stated before and then follow the instructions here . In my particular experience, the execution order for the commands must be:
nslave.py --cachedir ~/cache/
You can put them in a shell script for make the start process more easy. If you use these default commands, you'll have a render server listening on 127.0.0.1:8899, but isn't just that simple to figure out configuring your LocalSettings.php if you are running your MediaWiki instance on localhost.
For PDF generation to works, you have to set the following variables in LocalSettings.php:
//Your MediaWiki server (beginning of the file)
$wgServer="http://LAN_IP | PUBLIC_IP | HOST_NAME";
localhost, 127.0.xx, 192.168.xx won't work as far as I know (from the mailing list) for security reasons
I successfully test with $wgServer="http://10.0.0.110";
//This goes after including Collection extension, usually at file bottom (localhost is also allowed here)
$wgCollectionMWServeURL = 'http://127.0.0.1:8899';
The latest instructions where obtained from the mailing list archives and putted here for better understanding for first time users
Mailing List 
Help Needed 
Please help us translate some strings used in the generated PDF. The process of internationalisation is done at translatewiki.net. We appreciate your help there.
mwlib installs the following programs:
- generates documents in formats like PDF or ODF from MediaWiki articles
- generates ZIP files from MediaWiki articles that contain all information to produce some output document like a PDF file
- starts a render server that allows the Collection extension to render documents from article collections
If your MediaWiki has the MediaWiki API enabled, you just specify the base URL of the wiki as the configuration. For example using the English Wikipedia, this
$ mw-render --config http://en.wikipedia.org/w/ --username='xxxx' --password='yyyy' --output test.pdf --writer rl Physics
will produce a PDF document containing the article Physics.
It is possible to customize the resulting PDFs - for more information check the README.rst