Convert PST to XPS using Python
PST to XPS conversion in your Python Applications without installing Microsoft Word® or Outlook.
For a Python developer, who is trying to add a PST to XPS conversion feature within application? Aspose.Total for Python via .NET API can help to automate the conversion process. It’s a full package of various APIs dealing different formats including Email, Images and Microsoft Word formats. Aspose.Words for Python via .NET and Aspose.Email for Python via .NET APIs that are part of Aspose.Total for Python via .NET package makes this conversion easy using Python. It’s a two step process, firstly load Email and render it into HTML via Aspose.Email for Python via .NET . Secondly load the converted HTML using Aspose.Words for Python via .NET and save it into respective Word XPS format.
How to Convert PST to XPS in Python
- Open the source PST file using MailMessage.load class
- Call the
savemethod while specifying output HTML file path and relevant HTML Save options as parameter. So your PST file is converted to HTML at the specified path
- Now Load the saved HTML file using Document
- Call the save method with relevant file path. So finally the PST is converted
- For PST to XPS conversion, Python 3.5 or later is required
- Reference APIs within the project directly from PyPI ( Aspose.Words and Aspose.Email )
- Or use the following pip command
pip install aspose.wordsand
pip install Aspose.Email-for-Python-via-NET
- Moreover, Microsoft Windows or Linux based OS (see more for Words and Email ) and for Linux check additional requirements for gcc and libpython and follow step by step instructions INSTALL
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What is PST File Format?
The Outlook Personal Storage Table (PST) file format is a proprietary file format used by Microsoft Outlook to store email messages, contacts, calendar items, tasks, and other data. PST files are created and used by Microsoft Outlook for both the desktop client and the web-based version, Outlook on the web (previously known as Outlook Web App or OWA).
PST files are typically saved with a .pst file extension and are stored locally on the user’s computer or on a network server. They serve as a centralized repository for all Outlook data and allow users to access their emails, contacts, and other information even when offline.
The structure of a PST file consists of several layers, including a root structure, which contains the overall organization of the file, and various data structures that hold specific types of Outlook items. These structures enable efficient storage and retrieval of email messages, attachments, folders, and other Outlook data.
PST files have a maximum size limit imposed by the version of Outlook being used. In earlier versions of Outlook (Outlook 2002 and earlier), the PST file size limit was 2 GB. However, in later versions (Outlook 2003 and onwards), the PST file format was improved, and the size limit was increased to 20 GB (Outlook 2003 and 2007) and then to 50 GB (Outlook 2010 and later). Additionally, Outlook 2013 introduced the Unicode format for PST files, allowing for even larger file sizes and better support for non-English languages.
Managing and maintaining PST files is crucial to ensure optimal performance and data integrity. Regular backups and periodic file maintenance, such as compacting and repairing PST files, can help prevent corruption and data loss.
What is XPS File Format?
XPS, short for XML Paper Specification, is a file format created by Microsoft to represent fixed-layout documents. XPS files contain the content and print settings of a document, making them suitable for preserving the layout and appearance of a document across different devices and platforms.
The XPS format is based on XML (eXtensible Markup Language), a widely used markup language for structured data representation. XPS files encapsulate document content, such as text, images, vector graphics, and annotations, in a structured XML format. This enables easy interpretation and rendering of the document’s visual elements.
XPS files are conceptually similar to PDF (Portable Document Format) files in that they both aim to provide a reliable way to present and share documents while preserving their formatting and layout. However, PDF files have gained broader support across different software applications and hardware devices, making them more widely accepted and compatible.
To view and work with XPS files, Microsoft provides an XPS Viewer as part of the Windows operating system. Various third-party applications and tools also offer support for opening, creating, and converting XPS files. However, compared to PDF, the range of software and hardware supporting the XPS format may be more limited.