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How to add PDF Header and PDF Footer while converting HTML to PDF

Platform: WinForms |
Control: PDF

Adding header/footer for each PDF page while converting HTML to PDF is possible by using WebKit HTML converter.

Assemblies Required

  1. Syncfusion.Compression.Base.dll
  2. Syncfusion.HtmlConverter.Base.dll
  3. Syncfusion.Pdf.Base.dll
  4. QtBinaries assemblies

All the above mentioned assemblies can be get by installing the WebKit installer available in the below link.

WebKit HTML Converter: https://www.syncfusion.com/downloads/latest-version

Code Snippet:

//Initialize HTML to PDF converter with WebKit Rendering Engine.
HtmlToPdfConverter htmlConverter = new HtmlToPdfConverter(HtmlRenderingEngine.WebKit);
WebKitConverterSettings webKitSettings = new WebKitConverterSettings();
//Set WebKitPath
webKitSettings.WebKitPath = @"../../QtBinaries";
//Add PDF Header
webKitSettings.PdfHeader = AddPdfHeader(webKitSettings.PdfPageSize.Width, "Syncfusion Essential PDF", " ");
//Add PDF Footer
webKitSettings.PdfFooter = AddPdfFooter(webKitSettings.PdfPageSize.Width, "@Copyright 2015");
htmlConverter.ConverterSettings = webKitSettings;
//Convert URL to PDF
PdfDocument document = htmlConverter.Convert("https://www.syncfusion.com");
//Save and close the document.


private PdfPageTemplateElement AddPdfHeader(float width, string title, string description)
RectangleF rect = new RectangleF(0, 0, width, 50);
//Create a new instance of PdfPageTemplateElement class.     
PdfPageTemplateElement header = new PdfPageTemplateElement(rect);
PdfGraphics g = header.Graphics;
//Draw title.
PdfFont font = new PdfTrueTypeFont(new Font("Helvetica", 16, FontStyle.Bold), true);
PdfSolidBrush brush = new PdfSolidBrush(Color.FromArgb(44, 71, 120));
float x = (width / 2) - (font.MeasureString(title).Width) / 2;
g.DrawString(title, font, brush, new RectangleF(x, (rect.Height / 4) + 3, font.MeasureString(title).Width, font.Height));
//Draw description
brush = new PdfSolidBrush(Color.Gray);
font = new PdfTrueTypeFont(new Font("Helvetica", 6, FontStyle.Bold), true);
PdfStringFormat format = new PdfStringFormat(PdfTextAlignment.Left, PdfVerticalAlignment.Bottom);
g.DrawString(description, font, brush, new RectangleF(0, 0, header.Width, header.Height - 8), format);
//Draw some lines in the header
PdfPen pen = new PdfPen(Color.DarkBlue, 0.7f);
g.DrawLine(pen, 0, 0, header.Width, 0);
pen = new PdfPen(Color.DarkBlue, 2f);
g.DrawLine(pen, 0, 03, header.Width + 3, 03);
pen = new PdfPen(Color.DarkBlue, 2f);
g.DrawLine(pen, 0, header.Height - 3, header.Width, header.Height - 3);
g.DrawLine(pen, 0, header.Height, header.Width, header.Height);
return header;


private PdfPageTemplateElement AddPdfFooter(float width, string footerText)
RectangleF rect = new RectangleF(0, 0, width, 50);
//Create a new instance of PdfPageTemplateElement class.
PdfPageTemplateElement footer = new PdfPageTemplateElement(rect);
PdfGraphics g = footer.Graphics;
// Draw footer text.
PdfSolidBrush brush = new PdfSolidBrush(Color.Gray);
PdfFont font = new PdfTrueTypeFont(new Font("Helvetica", 6, FontStyle.Bold), true);
float x = (width / 2) - (font.MeasureString(footerText).Width) / 2;
g.DrawString(footerText, font, brush, new RectangleF(x, g.ClientSize.Height - 10, font.MeasureString(footerText).Width, font.Height));
//Create page number field
PdfPageNumberField pageNumber = new PdfPageNumberField(font, brush);
//Create page count field
PdfPageCountField count = new PdfPageCountField(font, brush);
PdfCompositeField compositeField = new PdfCompositeField(font, brush, "Page {0} of {1}", pageNumber, count);
compositeField.Bounds = footer.Bounds;
compositeField.Draw(g, new PointF(470, 40));
return footer;


Sample can be downloaded from the below link.

Sample: https://www.syncfusion.com/downloads/support/directtrac/general/ze/HTMLtoPDF_HeaderFooter-1901900018

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