Access the FormVu Microservice using Javascript

Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Prerequisites
  3. Code Example
  4. Return result to a callback url
  5. Configuration Options
  6. Upload by URL
  7. Using Authentication
  8. Further details


The following tutorial shows you how to convert PDF forms to HTML using a hosted FormVu cloud API, such as:

Whilst all the above services can be accessed with plain old HTTP requests, this tutorial uses our open source Javascript IDRCloudClient which provides a simple Javascript wrapper around the REST API.


To add the client to your project use will need to add the file idrcloudclient.js to your project and include the following line to access it:

<script src="path/to/idrcloudclient.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

Code Example

Here is a basic code example to convert PDF forms to HTML. Configuration options and advanced features can be found below.

var endpoint = '' + IDRCloudClient.FORMVU;
var parameters =  {
    //token: 'Token', //Required only when connecting to the IDRsolutions trial and cloud subscription service
    input: IDRCloudClient.UPLOAD,
    file: 'path/to/exampleFile.pdf'

function progressListener(e) {

function failureListener(e) {

function successListener(e) {
    console.log('Download URL: ' + e.downloadUrl);

    endpoint: endpoint,
    parameters: parameters,
    // The below are the available listeners
    progress: progressListener,
    success: successListener,
    failure: failureListener

An example using the Javascript client can be found here.

Return result to a callback url

The FormVu Microservice accepts a callback url to send the status of a conversion on completion. Using a callback url removes the need to poll the service to determine when the conversion is complete.
The callback url can be provided to the parameters variable as shown below.

var parameters =  {
    //token: 'Token', //Required only when connecting to the IDRsolutions trial and cloud subscription service
    input: IDRCloudClient.UPLOAD,
    callbackUrl: 'http://listener.url',
    file: 'path/to/exampleFile.pdf'

Configuration Options

The FormVu API accepts a stringified JSON object containing key value pair configuration options to customise your conversion. The settings should be added to the parameters array. A full list of the configuration options to convert PDF forms to HTML can be found here.

settings: '{"key":"value","key":"value"}'

Upload by URL

As well as uploading a local file you can also provide a URL which the FormVu Microservice will download and then perform the conversion. To do this you should replace the input and file values in the parameters variable with the following.

input: IDRCloudClient.DOWNLOAD
url: 'http://exampleURL/exampleFile.pdf'

Using Authentication

If you have deployed your own FormVu Microservice that requires a username and password to convert PDF forms to HTML, you will need to provide them with each conversion. These are provided by passing two variables named username and password to the convert method as shown below.

username: 'username',
password: 'password',

Further details

IDRCloudClient on GitHub
IDRCloudClient Online Example
FormVu Microservice API
FormVu Microservice Use