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iTextSharp(iText#) example in

Just a example to show how to use iTextSharp in ASP.ET(no matter asp.net1.1 or asp.net2.0)

using System;
using System.Collections;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.Data;
using System.Drawing;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.SessionState;
using System.Web.UI;
using System.Web.UI.WebControls;
using System.Web.UI.HtmlControls;
using iTextSharp.text;
using iTextSharp.text.pdf;
using System.IO;

namespace itext
    public class Chap0105 : System.Web.UI.Page
        private void Page_Load(object sender, System.EventArgs e)
            // step 1
            // need to write to memory first due to IE wanting
            // to know the length of the pdf beforehand
            MemoryStream m = new MemoryStream();
            Document document = new Document();
                // step 2: we set the ContentType and create an instance of the Writer
                Response.ContentType = "application/pdf";
                PdfWriter writer=PdfWriter.GetInstance(document, m);
                // step 3
                // step 4
                document.Add(new Paragraph(DateTime.Now.ToString()));
            catch (DocumentException ex) 
            // step 5: Close document

            // step 6: Write pdf bytes to outputstream
            Response.OutputStream.Write(m.GetBuffer(), 0, m.GetBuffer().Length);

        override protected void OnInit(EventArgs e)
        private void InitializeComponent()
            this.Load += new System.EventHandler(this.Page_Load);

4 thoughts on “iTextSharp(iText#) example in”

  1. hey,
    your article is good,but where u r creating pdf file.and where u r fill the memory stream..
    could u explain bit clearly..
    i want to create a pdf file from binary data which is stored in database(I am saving the upload file in binary format in database)..
    plz help me…

  2. Document doc=new Document();
    MemoryStream ms=new MemoryStream();
    PdfWriter writer =PdfWriter.GetInstance(doc,ms);
    doc.Add(new Paragraph(DateTime.Now.ToLongDateString()));

    the created pdf will be saved in MemoryStream instance, so you can easily save the data to database.

  3. I wonder whether you can help me out just 1 step further as it seems like I’ve drawn a blank.

    When I run my page locally from Visual Studio, I am able to create a pdf file on the Hard Drive using the following code:

    ms.WriteTo(new FileStream(@”C:\PDF\test.pdf”, FIleMode.Create));

    but when the site is launched on the server it gives me an error that the path cannot be found.

    I need to create the file this way because I will be generating a 120 pdf’s in a loop therefore I cannot use the above method where the pdf is opened in the browser window and the user is left to decide for himself whether he wants to save a copy or not.

    Like I said, I’ve managed to do this locally including the loop and pdf generation.

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