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

Platform: WinForms |
Control: PDF

Syncfusion Essential PDF is a .NET PDF library used to create, read, and edit PDF documents. Using this library, you can convert Excel document to PDF in C# and VB.NET.

Steps to convert excel document to PDF programmatically:

  1. Create a new C# console application project. Creating console application
  2. Install the Syncfusion.ExcelToPdfConverter.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.


using Syncfusion.Pdf;
using Syncfusion.XlsIO;
using Syncfusion.ExcelToPdfConverter;



Imports Syncfusion.Pdf
Imports Syncfusion.XlsIO
Imports Syncfusion.ExcelToPdfConverter


  1. Use the following code snippet to convert Excel document to PDF.


using (ExcelEngine excelEngine = new ExcelEngine())
    IApplication application = excelEngine.Excel;
    application.DefaultVersion = ExcelVersion.Excel2013;
    IWorkbook workbook = application.Workbooks.Open("Sample.xlsx", ExcelOpenType.Automatic);
    //Open the Excel document to convert
    ExcelToPdfConverter converter = new ExcelToPdfConverter(workbook);
    //Initialize PDF document
    PdfDocument pdfDocument = new PdfDocument();
    //Convert Excel document into PDF document
    pdfDocument = converter.Convert();
    //Save the PDF file
    //This will open the PDF file so, the result will be seen in default PDF viewer



Using excelEngine As ExcelEngine = New ExcelEngine()
    Dim application As IApplication = excelEngine.Excel
    application.DefaultVersion = ExcelVersion.Excel2013
    Dim workbook As IWorkbook = application.Workbooks.Open("Sample.xlsx", ExcelOpenType.Automatic)
    'Open the Excel document to convert
    Dim converter As ExcelToPdfConverter = New ExcelToPdfConverter(workbook)
    'Initialize the PDF document
    Dim pdfDocument As PdfDocument = New PdfDocument()
    'Convert Excel document into PDF document
    pdfDocument = converter.Convert()
    'Save the PDF file
End Using
'This will open the PDF file so, the result will be seen in default PDF viewer


A complete working sample can be downloaded from ExcelToPDFSample.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 document conversion , where you will find various document conversion options like Word, RTF, TIFF, and XPS to PDF.

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


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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