How to Create Multipage PDF from HTML Using jsPDF and html2Canvas

There are a number of tools which can easily create PDF files from JSON or raw data provided. But in some situations, we have rich UI elements like images and data representation in graphs, so in that case, we may require PDF as it is.

jsPDF and html2canvas are really powerful tools which can help you to convert the whole HTML page into a multi-page PDF document, which you can show in iFrame or user can even download it.

See a working demo here.

Let’s get started!

 

Step 1 – First we need to add the jQuery library into our project which is a basic dependency to get this work. Then we need to include the latest jsPDF and Html2Canvas plugins.

<script type="text/javascript" src="lib/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="lib/jspdf.debug.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="lib/html2canvas.js"></script>

 

Step 2 – As we have a long HTML page to get converted into multiple PDF pages, so will break the whole HTML page into multiple chunks of pages with the help of selectors like we are using page1, page2 and page3 classes. Each selector or ID will be converted into

Each selector or ID will be converted into the canvas using Html2Canvas plugin and get pasted into PDF new page using the jsPDF plugin.

Here we have used a single generatePDF() method having html2canvas called three times to convert three sections of a single HTML page into three pages of PDF file.

html2canvas function will create a canvas and add it as Image in PDF page. Using the addPage() function we are setting the height and width of the new PDF page. We can adjust it dynamically or as per application requirements.

In the setTimeout() we have added code to create download link and iFrame if we want to show PDF created in and in page iFrame. Which we will add in the next step.

    //Generate PDF
    function generatePDF() {
        pdf = "";
		$("#downloadbtn").hide();
		$("#genmsg").show();
        html2canvas($(".print-wrap:eq(0)")[0], { allowTaint: true }).then(function(canvas) {

            calculatePDF_height_width(".print-wrap",0);
            var imgData = canvas.toDataURL("image/png", 1.0);
			pdf = new jsPDF('p', 'pt', [PDF_Width, PDF_Height]);
            pdf.addImage(imgData, 'JPG', top_left_margin, top_left_margin, HTML_Width, HTML_Height);

        });

        html2canvas($(".print-wrap:eq(1)")[0], { allowTaint: true }).then(function(canvas) {

            calculatePDF_height_width(".print-wrap",1);
			
            var imgData = canvas.toDataURL("image/png", 1.0);
            pdf.addPage(PDF_Width, PDF_Height);
            pdf.addImage(imgData, 'JPG', top_left_margin, top_left_margin, HTML_Width, HTML_Height);

        });

        html2canvas($(".print-wrap:eq(2)")[0], { allowTaint: true }).then(function(canvas) {

            calculatePDF_height_width(".print-wrap",2);
			
            var imgData = canvas.toDataURL("image/png", 1.0);
            pdf.addPage(PDF_Width, PDF_Height);
            pdf.addImage(imgData, 'JPG', top_left_margin, top_left_margin, HTML_Width, HTML_Height);


           
                //console.log((page_section.length-1)+"==="+index);
                setTimeout(function() {

                    //Save PDF Doc	
                    pdf.save("HTML-Document.pdf");

                    //Generate BLOB object
                    var blob = pdf.output("blob");

                    //Getting URL of blob object
                    var blobURL = URL.createObjectURL(blob);

                    //Showing PDF generated in iFrame element
                    var iframe = document.getElementById('sample-pdf');
                    iframe.src = blobURL;

                    //Setting download link
                    var downloadLink = document.getElementById('pdf-download-link');
                    downloadLink.href = blobURL;

					$("#sample-pdf").slideDown();
					
					
					$("#downloadbtn").show();
					$("#genmsg").hide();
                }, 0);
        });
    };

We will add a separate function to calculate Heights and Widths of HTML, Canvas and PDF page.

	function calculatePDF_height_width(selector,index){
		page_section = $(selector).eq(index);
		HTML_Width = page_section.width();
		HTML_Height = page_section.height();
		top_left_margin = 15;
		PDF_Width = HTML_Width + (top_left_margin * 2);
		PDF_Height = (PDF_Width * 1.2) + (top_left_margin * 2);
		canvas_image_width = HTML_Width;
		canvas_image_height = HTML_Height;
	}

 

Step 3 - Here we will add HTML content which will be converted into a multipage PDF file.

<!--Generated PDF will load in iFrame when we click on link below-->
<iframe frameBorder="0" id="sample-pdf" style="right:0; top:53px; bottom:0; height:400px; width:100%"></iframe>

<!--Download PDF Link-->
<a id="pdf-download-link" title="Download PDF File">Download PDF file</a>

<!--Create iFrame URL-->
<a id="pdf-showiFrame-link" title="Show PDF in iFrame">Show PDF in iFrame</a>


<div class="print-wrap page1">
<h3>Sample page one for demo</h3>
</div>


<div class="print-wrap page2">
<h3>Sample page two for demo</h3>
</div>


<div class="print-wrap page3">
<h3>Sample page three for demo</h3>
</div>

 

After combining all sections above our final page will look like below:

<html>

<head>
    <title>jsPDF</title>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="lib/jquery.min.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="lib/jspdf.debug.js"></script>
    <script type="text/javascript" src="lib/html2canvas.js"></script>
    <script>
	var pdf,page_section,HTML_Width,HTML_Height,top_left_margin,PDF_Width,PDF_Height,canvas_image_width,canvas_image_height;
	
	
	
	function calculatePDF_height_width(selector,index){
		page_section = $(selector).eq(index);
		HTML_Width = page_section.width();
		HTML_Height = page_section.height();
		top_left_margin = 15;
		PDF_Width = HTML_Width + (top_left_margin * 2);
		PDF_Height = (PDF_Width * 1.2) + (top_left_margin * 2);
		canvas_image_width = HTML_Width;
		canvas_image_height = HTML_Height;
	}
	



    //Generate PDF
    function generatePDF() {
        pdf = "";
		$("#downloadbtn").hide();
		$("#genmsg").show();
        html2canvas($(".print-wrap:eq(0)")[0], { allowTaint: true }).then(function(canvas) {

            calculatePDF_height_width(".print-wrap",0);
            var imgData = canvas.toDataURL("image/png", 1.0);
			pdf = new jsPDF('p', 'pt', [PDF_Width, PDF_Height]);
            pdf.addImage(imgData, 'JPG', top_left_margin, top_left_margin, HTML_Width, HTML_Height);

        });

        html2canvas($(".print-wrap:eq(1)")[0], { allowTaint: true }).then(function(canvas) {

            calculatePDF_height_width(".print-wrap",1);
			
            var imgData = canvas.toDataURL("image/png", 1.0);
            pdf.addPage(PDF_Width, PDF_Height);
            pdf.addImage(imgData, 'JPG', top_left_margin, top_left_margin, HTML_Width, HTML_Height);

        });

        html2canvas($(".print-wrap:eq(2)")[0], { allowTaint: true }).then(function(canvas) {

            calculatePDF_height_width(".print-wrap",2);
			
            var imgData = canvas.toDataURL("image/png", 1.0);
            pdf.addPage(PDF_Width, PDF_Height);
            pdf.addImage(imgData, 'JPG', top_left_margin, top_left_margin, HTML_Width, HTML_Height);


           
                //console.log((page_section.length-1)+"==="+index);
                setTimeout(function() {

                    //Save PDF Doc	
                    pdf.save("HTML-Document.pdf");

                    //Generate BLOB object
                    var blob = pdf.output("blob");

                    //Getting URL of blob object
                    var blobURL = URL.createObjectURL(blob);

                    //Showing PDF generated in iFrame element
                    var iframe = document.getElementById('sample-pdf');
                    iframe.src = blobURL;

                    //Setting download link
                    var downloadLink = document.getElementById('pdf-download-link');
                    downloadLink.href = blobURL;

					$("#sample-pdf").slideDown();
					
					
					$("#downloadbtn").show();
					$("#genmsg").hide();
                }, 0);
        });
    };

    </script>
    <style>
    .print-wrap {
        width: 500px;
    }
    </style>
</head>

<body>
    <iframe frameBorder="0" id="sample-pdf" style="right:0; top:53px; bottom:0; height:400px; width:100%"></iframe>
    <a id="pdf-download-link" title="Download PDF File">Download PDF file</a>
    <a id="pdf-showiFrame-link" title="Show PDF in iFrame">Show PDF in iFrame</a>
    <div class="print-wrap page1">
        <h3>Sample page one for demo</h3>
    </div>
    <div class="print-wrap page2">
        <h3>Sample page two for demo</h3>
    </div>
    <div class="print-wrap page3">
        <h3>Sample page three for demo</h3>
    </div>
</body>

</html>

 

That's all folks!!! Let me know in the comments section if you face any issue in plugin this code sample into your app or if you have any suggestion always welcome.

Other Method: Create a Single canvas of the whole HTML section and break it up for different PDF pages.

Keep smiling 🙂

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Neto

Does it work at Internet Explorer? Here, it only works on chrome….

Appreciated student

Thank you so much for this tutorial! The best tutorial on how to convert html to pdf. Your tutorial is exactly what I needed. May the best of everything comes to you!

Chalpat Kumar Rauth

What is the equivalent in Typescript?

Ifraz

Is there a way to set the location where the pdf has to be downloaded, coz i need it to be emailed. kindly help

surbhi

Does support svg?

Olivia Shettles

Do you have a solution for landscape PDF?

vijay

Hi Jolly,

I have question when the div is having more content and it goes to next page, the content should start with top spacing. Can you help me this and also it should have header and footer in all pages