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How to create a PDF file in ASP.NET Web Forms?

Platform: ASP.NET Web Forms |
Control: PDF

PDF (Portable Document Format) is the file format used to display a 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 Web Forms.

Steps to create PDF programmatically:

  1. Create a new ASP.NET Web application project. Create ASP.NET Web application in Visual Studio 
  2. Install the Syncfusion.Pdf.AspNet NuGet package as reference to your .NET Framework applications from NuGet.org. Install ASP.NET PDF Nuget package 
  3. Add a new Web Form in ASP .NET project. Right-click on the project and select Add > New Item and add a Web Form from the list. Name it as MainPage.
  4. Add a new button in the MainPage.aspx as follows.
    <html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
    <head runat="server">
        <form id="form1" runat="server">
        <asp:Button ID="Button1" runat="server" Text="Create Document" OnClick="OnButtonClicked" />


  1. Include the following namespaces in your MainPage.aspx.cs file.


using Syncfusion.Pdf;
using Syncfusion.Pdf.Graphics;
using System.Drawing;



Imports Syncfusion.Pdf
Imports Syncfusion.Pdf.Graphics
Imports System.Drawing
  1. Include the following code snippet in the click event of the button in MainPage.aspx.cs to create the PDF file and download it.


using (PdfDocument document = new PdfDocument())
    //Add a page to the document
    PdfPage page = document.Pages.Add();
    //Create PDF graphics for the page
    PdfGraphics graphics = page.Graphics;
    //Set the standard font
    PdfFont font = new PdfStandardFont(PdfFontFamily.Helvetica, 20);
    //Draw the text
    graphics.DrawString("Hello World!!!", font, PdfBrushes.Black, new PointF(0, 0));
    // Open the document in browser after saving it
    document.Save("Output.pdf", HttpContext.Current.Response, HttpReadType.Open);



'Create an instance of PdfDocument.
Using document As PdfDocument = New PdfDocument()
   'Add a page to the document
   Dim page As PdfPage = document.Pages.Add()
   'Create PDF graphics for the page
   Dim graphics As PdfGraphics = page.Graphics
   'Set the standard font
   Dim font As PdfFont = New PdfStandardFont(PdfFontFamily.Helvetica, 20)
   'Draw the text
   graphics.DrawString("Hello World!!!", font, PdfBrushes.Black, New PointF(0, 0))
   'Open the document in browser after saving it
   document.Save("Output.pdf", HttpContext.Current.Response, HttpReadType.Open)
End Using


A complete working 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, Standards 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.


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.


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