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How to convert text to PDF using C# and VB.NET

Platform: WinForms |
Control: PDF |
Published Date: October 17, 2018 |
Last Revised Date: May 2, 2019

Syncfusion Essential PDF is a .NET PDF library used to create, read, and edit PDF documents. Using this library, you can convert text document to PDF or create PDF with text in different string formats in C# and VB.NET.

Steps to convert text document to PDF programmatically:

  1. Create a new C# console application project. creation of console application project
  2. Install the Syncfusion.Pdf.WinForms NuGet packages as reference to your .NET Framework application from NuGet.org. NuGet package reference
  3. Include the following namespaces in the Program.cs file.

C#

using Syncfusion.Pdf;
using Syncfusion.Pdf.Graphics;

 

VB.NET

Imports Syncfusion.Pdf
Imports Syncfusion.Pdf.Graphics

 

  1. Use the following code snippet to create PDF and draw text.

C#

//Create a new PDF document
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, 12);
//Read the text from the text file
StreamReader reader = new StreamReader("input.txt", Encoding.ASCII);
string text = reader.ReadToEnd();
reader.Close();
//Set the formats for the text
PdfStringFormat format = new PdfStringFormat();
format.Alignment = PdfTextAlignment.Justify;
format.LineAlignment = PdfVerticalAlignment.Top;
format.ParagraphIndent = 15f;
//Draw the text
graphics.DrawString(text, font, PdfBrushes.Black, new RectangleF(new PointF(0,0), page.GetClientSize()), format);
//Save the document
document.Save("OutputText.pdf");
//Close the document
document.Close(true);
//This will open the PDF file so, the result will be seen in default PDF viewer
Process.Start("OutputText.pdf");

 

VB.NET

 ‘Create a new PDF document
Dim 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, 12)
‘Read the text from the text file
Dim reader As StreamReader = New StreamReader(("input.txt"), Encoding.ASCII)
Dim text As String = reader.ReadToEnd()
reader.Close()
‘Set the formats for the text
Dim format As PdfStringFormat = New PdfStringFormat()
format.Alignment = PdfTextAlignment.Justify
format.LineAlignment = PdfVerticalAlignment.Top
format.ParagraphIndent = 15.0
'Draw the text
graphics.DrawString(text, font, PdfBrushes.Black, New RectangleF(New PointF(0, 0), page.GetClientSize), format)
'Save the document
document.Save("OutputText.pdf")
'Close the document
document.Close(True)
'This will open the PDF file so, the result will be seen in default PDF viewer
Process.Start("OutputText.pdf")

 

A complete working sample can be downloaded from TextToPDFSample.zip

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

Output PDF document

Take a moment to peruse the documentation for working with text, where you will find other options like drawing text using different font, drawing right to left text, embedding font, and working with unicode text.

An online sample link demonstrating the use of text in PDF document.

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

Note:

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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Andy Miller
Mar 30, 2020

If you intend to convert a file that spans multiple pages, the code will have to be adjusted as this example will only convert the the first page.

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