Directly convert .aspx to .pdf

A project I am working on requires me to build a report that is output in both HTML (.aspx) and as a PDF. Is there a solution available that allows me to feed the output of an .aspx page to a PDF generation utility? Full support of HTML and CSS would be ideal.



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Method 1

wkhtmltopdf will do it…. USAGE:

wkhtmltopdf google.pdf

That is it. You can go to any web page… even aspx. css is supported better than any other utility as it uses the webkit html rendering engine (Safari, Chrome). Enjoy

There is a single .exe (7 mb) that can be used from .Net simply by using Process.Start
Make sure that you copy the exe into your project directory or you have to specify the full path.

static void HtmlToPdf(string website,string destinationFile)
        ProcessStartInfo startInfo = new ProcessStartInfo();
        startInfo.FileName = "wkhtmltopdf.exe";
        startInfo.Arguments = website+" "+destinationFile;

I think SSL is supported but I do not think that 2-way SSL would work at the moment. It is hands down the best single stop HTML -> PDF tool I have seen.

Method 2

iTextSharp can do HTML to PDF, but only basic HTML and CSS not full support.

Some articles on sending HTML to iTextSharp:

Method 3

I used HTMLDoc in the past it did a good job of turning HTML tables, images etc with some basic formatting into a decent PDF report. There also seems to be an open source version as well.

iTextSharp renders html at a basic level.

I found that hacking in a simple HTML renderer allowed me to offer PDF functionality immediately and then i had to backfit a PDF report renderer later. This should be pretty simple if you keep your presentation layer separate from your data and business logic.

I used PDFlib then but both iTextSharp and PDFlib are awesome libraries for programatically creating PDF from your data sources.

I haven’t seen a perfect HTML 2 PDF renderer yet, so i would plan for a two stage approach. You may also want to look at this question for other options.

Method 4

AspPDF is an ActiveX server component for dynamically creating, reading and modifying Portable Document Format (PDF) files.

Method 5

ActivePDF WebGrabber is a great product once you have everything configured correctly. It’s costly, but it has awesome support of HTML and CSS.

Method 6

We’ve used the Alt-Soft XML2PDF product for this purpose. It can convert any XML file to PDF using the XSL-FO markup language.

So if your ASPX pages are XHTML compatible, Xml2PDF will convert those into PDF quite happily and easily. Here’s a sample page – complete with a downloadable ASP.NET sample – that show how that works:

It’s not free, but well worth its license price!


Method 7
Shows you how to override Render and change the content to PDF using iTextSharp

Method 8

This is the best control to convert ASPX page to PDF:

It’s an ASP.NET server control that you can just drop into your page. It automatically handles ASP.NET authentication and sessions. So you can convert your current page even if the page request login and uses session data.

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