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How to create a PDF file in ASP.NET Core?

PDF (Portable Document Format) is a file format used to display the document with same formatting, independent of application software, hardware, and operating system. Syncfusion Essential PDF is a .NET PDF library used to create, read, and edit PDF documents. Using this library, you can create a PDF document in ASP.NET Core.


Steps to create PDF programmatically:


  1. Create a new C# ASP.NET Core Web Application project.


Create ASP.NET Core web application in Visual Studio


  1. Select Web Application pattern (Model-View-Controller) for the project.


Select Web application(Model-View-Controller)


  1. Install the Syncfusion.Pdf.Net.Core NuGet package as reference to your .NET Standard applications from NuGet.org.



  1. A default controller with name HomeController.cs gets added on creation of ASP.NET MVC project. Include the following namespaces in that HomeController.cs file.




  1. A default action method named Index will be present in HomeController.cs. Right click on Index method and select Go To View where you will be directed to its associated view page Index.cshtml.


  1. Add a new button in the Index.cshtml as shown below.



  1. Add a new action method CreateDocument in HomeController.cs and include the below code snippet to create an PDF file and download it.




A complete work sample can be downloaded from Create-PDF-file.zip.


By executing the program, you will get the PDF document as follows.


Create PDF File


Take a moment to peruse the documentation, where you can find other options like drawing right-to-left text and multi-column text, consuming TrueType fonts, Standard fonts, and CJK fonts. Also, the features like PDF form filling, extract text or images from PDF, and protect PDF documents with code examples.


Refer here to explore the rich set of Syncfusion Essential PDF features.


An online sample link to generate Hello world PDF document.


See Also:

Create a PDF file in Xamarin

Create a PDF file in ASP.NET MVC

Create a PDF file in WPF

Create a PDF file in Windows Forms


Starting with v16.2.0.x, if you reference Syncfusion assemblies from trial setup or from the NuGet feed, include a license key in your projects. Refer to link to learn about generating and registering Syncfusion license key in your application to use the components without trail message.

Article ID: Published Date: Last Revised Date: Platform: Control:
9137 08/13/2018 09/24/2018 ASP.NET Core PDF
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