Convert CHM to PDF in (Fedora) Linux

I’ve been looking for a way to print CHM files in (Fedora) Linux, since my CHM file viewer, chmsee, doesn’t have a print option (and probably all other CHM file viewers as well). Searching for CHM to PDF converters in Fedora led me to chm2pdf.

chm2pdf has a couple of requirements:

  • chmlib
  • pychm
  • htmldoc

To install the necessary packages, execute this command in your terminal as root:

yum install chmlib python-chm htmldoc

To install chm2pdf:

  1. Download the archive from it’s Google Code project hosting page.
  2. Extract the archive
  3. As root, type
    python install

    from the directory extracted from the archive

I got the following message after running the last command:

running install
running build
running build_scripts
creating build
creating build/scripts-2.6
copying and adjusting chm2pdf -> build/scripts-2.6
changing mode of build/scripts-2.6/chm2pdf from 644 to 755
running install_scripts
copying build/scripts-2.6/chm2pdf -> /usr/bin
changing mode of /usr/bin/chm2pdf to 755
running install_egg_info
Writing /usr/lib/python2.6/site-packages/chm2pdf-0.9-py2.6.egg-info

I tested the installation with the following command and it produced the PDF file:

chm2pdf --webpage somefile.chm