Convert HTML to PDF using JavaScript

Convert HTML to PDF

The PDF file format is a very convenient format to download a lot of data in the web application. So, it is advantageous for users to download dynamic content in file format for offline use. Firstly, with export to PDF functionality, the HTML content is converted to PDF document and downloaded as a PDF file. Secondly, in the dynamic web application, you can use a server-side script to convert HTML to PDF and generate PDF files using PHP.

If you want a solution to create a PDF document, then JavaScript is the easiest way to convert HTML to PDF. So, there is a lot of JavaScript library available for making PDF from HTML. But we prefer jsPDF because it is one of the best libraries to convert HTML to PDF with the help of JavaScript. With the help of the following tutorial, we will explain to you how to create a PDF document and convert HTML to PDF using jQuery and jsPDF library.

Include jQuery and jsPDF Library

Include the jQuery and jsPDF library files to use the jsPDF class.

<!-- jQuery library -->
<script src="js/jquery.min.js"></script>

<!-- jsPDF library -->
<script src="js/jsPDF/dist/jspdf.min.js"></script>

Note: In this, there is no need to download the jsPDF library separately; There are all the essential files contain in our source code package.

Instantiate jsPDF Class

Use the following line of code to instantiate and use the jsPDF object in JavaScript.

var doc = new jsPDF();

Generate PDF using JavaScript

The example given below shows you how you can use the jsPDF library to create a PDF file using JavaScript.

var doc = new jsPDF();

doc.text(20, 20, 'Hello world!');
doc.text(20, 30, 'This is client-side Javascript to generate a PDF.');

// Add new page
doc.addPage();
doc.text(20, 20, 'Visit CodexWorld.com');

// Save the PDF
doc.save('document.pdf');

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Convert HTML Content to PDF using JavaScript

The following example shows how to use the jsPDF library to convert HTML to PDF and generate PDF files from HTML content using JavaScript.

HTML Code:

<div id="content">
    <!-- HTML contnet goes here -->
</div>

<div id="elementH"></div>

JavaScript Code:

var doc = new jsPDF();
var elementHTML = $('#contnet').html();
var specialElementHandlers = {
    '#elementH': function (element, renderer) {
        return true;
    }
};
doc.fromHTML(elementHTML, 15, 15, {
    'width': 170,
    'elementHandlers': specialElementHandlers
});

// Save the PDF
doc.save('sample-document.pdf');

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Useful Configurations

The jsPDF library offers a lot of methods to configure PDF creation. In which, some useful methods of jsPDF class are given below which we can use to export HTML to PDF with the help of jQuery.

Change Paper Orientation:

Use the orientation  option to set the paper orientation of the PDF.

var doc = new jsPDF({
    orientation: 'landscape'
});

doc.text(20, 20, 'Hello world!');
doc.text(20, 30, 'This is client-side Javascript to generate a PDF.');

// Add new page
doc.addPage();
doc.text(20, 20, 'Visit CodexWorld.com');

// Save the PDF
doc.save('document.pdf');

Change Text Font:

Use setFont() and setFontType() methods to set text font and font-style in the PDF.

var doc = new jsPDF();
	
doc.text(20, 20, 'This is the default font.');

doc.setFont("courier");
doc.setFontType("normal");
doc.text(20, 30, 'This is courier normal.');

doc.setFont("times");
doc.setFontType("italic");
doc.text(20, 40, 'This is times italic.');

doc.setFont("helvetica");
doc.setFontType("bold");
doc.text(20, 50, 'This is helvetica bold.');

doc.setFont("courier");
doc.setFontType("bolditalic");
doc.text(20, 60, 'This is courier bolditalic.');

// Save the PDF
doc.save('document.pdf');

Change Font Size:

Use setFontSize() method to set font size of the text in the PDF.

var doc = new jsPDF();
	
doc.setFontSize(24);
doc.text(20, 20, 'This is a title');

doc.setFontSize(16);
doc.text(20, 30, 'This is some normal sized text underneath.');

// Save the PDF
doc.save('document.pdf');

Change Text Color:

Use setTextColor() method to set the color of the text in the PDF.

var doc = new jsPDF();
	
doc.setTextColor(100);
doc.text(20, 20, 'This is gray.');

doc.setTextColor(150);
doc.text(20, 30, 'This is light gray.');

doc.setTextColor(255,0,0);
doc.text(20, 40, 'This is red.');

doc.setTextColor(0,255,0);
doc.text(20, 50, 'This is green.');

doc.setTextColor(0,0,255);
doc.text(20, 60, 'This is blue.');

// Save the PDF
doc.save('document.pdf');

Conclusion

Firstly, our example code will help you to convert HTML to PDF and make PDF files with the help of JavaScript. Secondly, you can add the Export to PDF functionality on the web page without liable on the server-side script. You can enhance the PDF creation functionality with jsPDF configuration options as per your needs. At last, download our source code package to get all the required files, including the jsPDF JavaScript library.

Also, read our previous blog- Convert HTML to MS Word Document using PHP

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