Generating Web Page to PDF


Easiest, simplest, fastest and of course free way to generate PDF or images for web pages:

– Tool is named as “wkhtmltopdf” and “wkhtmltoimage”
– Both are in exe format.
– Written in C++ and also its source is open and licensed under open source.
– Because it is an exe, we can use this tool in both windows and web applications. And it is in C++  so it can be used for windows platform as well as in Linux based systems.

In Details:

I will be explaining how to use it in web applications to generate PDF and push that PDF to client. Rest can be taken care by considering this as an example.
You can download the exe from And trust me this is really cool kit as it provides a lot of flexibility to hide or extend the content of the page in nearly every manner.

Now as we know we can invoke any exe from a process object in c# or in I am going to take example of Because my current project is in

Here is some code(

‘url of the page to be printed
fileToPrintURL  = “”
‘this will be the name of the file “.pdf” generated one
Dim filename As String = "Page" + TimeOfDay.Ticks.ToString() + ".pdf"
‘shared folder with write permissions and file name to be generated at which place
Dim filenameWithSharedPAth As String = Common.PDFSharedFolder + filename
‘create an object of process
Dim process As New Process
‘set some initails
process.StartInfo.UseShellExecute = False
process.StartInfo.CreateNoWindow = True
‘now the path of the exe downloaded from the link above
process.StartInfo.FileName = Server.MapPath("~/bin/PrintPDF/") + "wkhtmltopdf.exe"
‘and some arguments (based on req) as I need to pass it from authentication so user name and password
process.StartInfo.Arguments = "--username " + username + " --password " + password + " """ + fileToPrintURL + """ " + """" + filenameWithSharedPAth + """"
‘again some setting
process.StartInfo.RedirectStandardOutput = True
process.StartInfo.RedirectStandardError = True
‘start the process
‘end the process

And your file is generated at the specified path with all the UI CSS stuff and images.If you wish to hide some content on a web page on which you are having development control. then pass this CSS to that page (hint :-> I am not spoon feeding :)).

@media print
#header { display:none;}
.bar-menu { display:none;}

And a lot of help is available on

Written By: Ajay Kumar, ASP.Net Developer, Mindfire Solutions

Posted on September 5, 2013, in ASP.Net and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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