Is it possible to auto generate PDF preview images with Craft transforms? This popular Q/A at Stack Overflow shows a PHP solution making use of ImageMagick and GhostScript. Is installing these plugins all I'd need to make Craft do the transforms with pdf.getUrl('thumb')?

Currently I use an assets - asset meta field on the PDF to achieve what I want (see code below), but that means I have to generate and upload the image myself. So I wondered if there's a nice and easy way to automate that process.

{% for pdf in entry.pdfAssets %}

    {# Get the pdf preview thumb or use a generic one as a fallback #}
    {% set previewImage = pdf.previewImage|length ? pdf.previewImage.first.url('thumb') : 'pdf_thumb.jpg' %}
    <a href="{{ pdf.url }}" target="_blank">
        <img src="{{ previewImage }}">

{% endfor %}

1 Answer 1


There a plugin for that:


PThumb is a Craft plugin that generates thumbnail preview images for PDF documents. It's easy to drop into your templates, requires only the commmand-line version of ImageMagick (not the PHP bindings), and caches the generated thumbnails.

<img src="{{ craft.PThumb.thumbnail(myAsset) }}">
<img src="{{ craft.PThumb.thumbnail(myAsset, 100, 100) }}">
<img src="{{ craft.PThumb.thumbnail(myAsset, 100, 150, true, 'jpg') }}">

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.