Let us learn to generate PDF using IText Sharp

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In this article, we will see how to generate PDF using an Open Source Library provided by Itextsharp


Hello Team,

In real world programming we come to a stage where we need to create PDF from the data we have.

In this article we are going to see how to generate the PDF using ITextSharp library.

This library is a part of an opensource project available on www.sourceforge.net.


Generating the PDF's on the FLY.....

Using the code

Let us start the Code part now.

Create a New Project in Visual Studio -> Select Windows Application.

Drag a Button and Textbox on the Windows from

Set the textbox to Multi-line property to true.

Now we will have to download the Itextsharp library from the below link


Once you download the Zip File just extract it to a folder in that you will get multiple zip files.

From the group of multiple zip files extract the Zip File which is named as itextsharp-dll-core check the Image

Once you extract the Zip you will get a Itextsharp.dll and an xml file.Check the image


Now go to the project and Right Click on reference and the Itextsharp.dll  to the reference.

We will also have to add name space using system.IO and System.Diagnostics as well for creating the PDF.

and write the following code on the button click event.

// Code Behind
using System;
using System.Collections.Generic;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Linq;
using System.Text;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using System.IO;
using System.Diagnostics;
using iTextSharp.text;
using iTextSharp.text.pdf;

namespace PDF_Generation
    public partial class Form1 : Form
        public Form1()

        private void btnPDF_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
                string path = Application.StartupPath;
                Document pdfdoc = new Document(PageSize.A4); // Setting the page size for the PDF

                PdfWriter.GetInstance(pdfdoc, new FileStream(path + "/Sample.pdf", FileMode.Create)); //Using the PDF Writer class to generate the PDF
                pdfdoc.Open(); // Opening the PDF to write the data from the textbox
                pdfdoc.Add(new Paragraph(xtxtData.Text)); // Adding the Text to the PDF
                MessageBox.Show("PDF Generation Successfull");
            catch (Exception ex)

Output Screen

Adding Text Screen

Checking the PDF in the Debug Folder

Checking the data in the PDF



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Comments or Responses

Posted by: debal_saha-9451 on: 4/28/2013 | Points: 25
I really like this article, excellent . Interested to know more from you
Posted by: Raj.Trivedi on: 7/1/2013 | Points: 25
@ Bagesh, Yes you can do this

Please check this where i have exported the logo and the gird with images to pdf from webpage.

Posted by: Naveed1229 on: 6/12/2017 | Points: 25
How to Convert/Export an ASPX page with texboxes and other controls(Checkbox etc) to PDF using itextsharp

Can any one help?
Posted by: Seobeast20 on: 7/6/2018 | Points: 25
thnx for sharing it....But i am using zetpdf to generate pdf which is really really good. I will recommend you to use zetpdf...

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