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.