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Is there any built-in mechanism to convert files to PDFs when uploading them to the media library, or does someone know of functionality that can accomplish same?

  • Could you please specify further what type of "files" you would like to convert to PDF? Also for which version of Sitecore? – Peter Procházka May 22 '18 at 15:01
  • This question lacks sufficient detail to be able to answer in a meaningful way apart from "No, there is nothing OOTB, yes you can do anything you want in Sitecore". More detail and what you have tried so far would be a good start. – jammykam May 22 '18 at 15:48
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No, there is no built-in way to do this.

You can build a module that converts the files to PDF using iTextSharp, PhantomJS or Puppeteer.

Once upon a time @adamnaj wrote a script to export media items to PDF using Sitecore PowerShell Extensions. Maybe you can use that idea to import them back into the media library after PDF generation.

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