The documentation suggests that a Visual Force page can easily be rendered with apex: https://developer.salesforce.com/docs/atlas.en-us.pages.meta/pages/pages_output_pdf_render_in_apex.htm

        // Create PDF
        PageReference reportPage =
        reportPage.getParameters().put('id', this.selectedAccount);
        Blob reportPdf;
        try {
            reportPdf = reportPage.getContentAsPDF();
        catch (Exception e) {
            reportPdf = Blob.valueOf(e.getMessage());

Is anyone aware of how something similar can be invoked with the Salesforce REST directly?

I can't seem to find anything when searching through the REST api explorer (/services/data/v45.0/sobjects)


There isn't one. This is a special feature built in to Apex specifically. That said, you could write your own custom REST endpoint to handle this (see @RestResource for details on writing a custom REST service).

You'd create a URL that would ultimately look like:


In your Apex code, you'd parse out the Visualforce page name and any parameters, then call getContentAsPDF, and finally put the response Blob back to the client.

Sample service implementation:

global class q254085 {
    @HttpGet global static void process() {
        RestContext.response.responseBody = new PageReference('/apex/'+RestContext.request.requestUri.substringafterlast('/')).getContentAsPDF();
        RestContext.response.headers.put('Content-Type', 'application/pdf');
        RestContext.response.headers.put('Content-Length', RestContext.response.responseBody.size()+'');

  • Thanks! Spent a good chunk of my day researching this. Going to give it a try now. – Jesse Mar 15 '19 at 20:11

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