jspdf - Generate pdf from HTML in div using Javascript

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jsPDF is able to use plugins. In order to enable it to print HTML, you have to include certain plugins and therefore have to do the following:

  1. Go to https://github.com/MrRio/jsPDF and download the latest Version.
  2. Include the following Scripts in your project:
    • jspdf.js
    • jspdf.plugin.from_html.js
    • jspdf.plugin.split_text_to_size.js
    • jspdf.plugin.standard_fonts_metrics.js

If you want to ignore certain elements, you have to mark them with an ID, which you can then ignore in a special element handler of jsPDF. Therefore your HTML should look like this:

<!DOCTYPE html> <html>   <body>     <p id="ignorePDF">don't print this to pdf</p>     <div>       <p><font size="3" color="red">print this to pdf</font></p>     </div>   </body> </html> 

Then you use the following JavaScript code to open the created PDF in a PopUp:

var doc = new jsPDF();           var elementHandler = {   '#ignorePDF': function (element, renderer) {     return true;   } }; var source = window.document.getElementsByTagName("body")[0]; doc.fromHTML(     source,     15,     15,     {       'width': 180,'elementHandlers': elementHandler     });  doc.output("dataurlnewwindow"); 

For me this created a nice and tidy PDF that only included the line 'print this to pdf'.

Please note that the special element handlers only deal with IDs in the current version, which is also stated in a GitHub Issue. It states:

Because the matching is done against every element in the node tree, my desire was to make it as fast as possible. In that case, it meant "Only element IDs are matched" The element IDs are still done in jQuery style "#id", but it does not mean that all jQuery selectors are supported.

Therefore replacing '#ignorePDF' with class selectors like '.ignorePDF' did not work for me. Instead you will have to add the same handler for each and every element, which you want to ignore like:

var elementHandler = {   '#ignoreElement': function (element, renderer) {     return true;   },   '#anotherIdToBeIgnored': function (element, renderer) {     return true;   } }; 

From the examples it is also stated that it is possible to select tags like 'a' or 'li'. That might be a little bit to unrestrictive for the most usecases though:

We support special element handlers. Register them with jQuery-style ID selector for either ID or node name. ("#iAmID", "div", "span" etc.) There is no support for any other type of selectors (class, of compound) at this time.

One very important thing to add is that you lose all your style information (CSS). Luckily jsPDF is able to nicely format h1, h2, h3 etc., which was enough for my purposes. Additionally it will only print text within text nodes, which means that it will not print the values of textareas and the like. Example:

<body>   <ul>     <!-- This is printed as the element contains a textnode -->             <li>Print me!</li>   </ul>   <div>     <!-- This is not printed because jsPDF doesn't deal with the value attribute -->     <input type="textarea" value="Please print me, too!">   </div> </body> 
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This is the simple solution. This works for me. You can use the javascript print concept and simple save this as pdf.

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"> <head>     <title></title>     <script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.8.3/jquery.min.js"></script>     <script type="text/javascript">         $("#btnPrint").live("click", function () {             var divContents = $("#dvContainer").html();             var printWindow = window.open('', '', 'height=400,width=800');             printWindow.document.write('<html><head><title>DIV Contents</title>');             printWindow.document.write('</head><body >');             printWindow.document.write(divContents);             printWindow.document.write('</body></html>');             printWindow.document.close();             printWindow.print();         });     </script> </head> <body>     <form id="form1">     <div id="dvContainer">         This content needs to be printed.     </div>     <input type="button" value="Print Div Contents" id="btnPrint" />     </form> </body> </html> 
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You can use autoPrint() and set output to 'dataurlnewwindow' like this:

function printPDF() {     var printDoc = new jsPDF();     printDoc.fromHTML($('#pdf').get(0), 10, 10, {'width': 180});     printDoc.autoPrint();     printDoc.output("dataurlnewwindow"); // this opens a new popup,  after this the PDF opens the print window view but there are browser inconsistencies with how this is handled } 
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if you need to downloadable pdf of a specific page just add button like this

<h4 onclick="window.print();"> Print </h4> 

use window.print() to print your all page not just a div

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  • No depenencies, pure JS
  • To add CSS or images - do not use relative URLs, use full URLs http://...domain.../path.css or so. It creates separate HTML document and it has no context of main thing.
  • you can also embed images as base64

This served me for years now:

export default function printDiv({divId, title}) {   let mywindow = window.open('', 'PRINT', 'height=650,width=900,top=100,left=150');    mywindow.document.write(`<html><head><title>${title}</title>`);   mywindow.document.write('</head><body >');   mywindow.document.write(document.getElementById(divId).innerHTML);   mywindow.document.write('</body></html>');    mywindow.document.close(); // necessary for IE >= 10   mywindow.focus(); // necessary for IE >= 10*/    mywindow.print();   mywindow.close();    return true; } 

Of course this will open print dialog and user will have to know she/he can select print to pdf option, to get pdf. There may be printer be pre-selected and if user confirms may get this document actually printed. To avoid such situation and to provide PDF without any extras, you need to make PDF file. Probably on the server side. You could have tiny html page with invoice only and convert it to PDF file with headless chrome. It's super easy with puppeteer. No need to install/config chrome, just install npm package puppeteer (managed by chrome team) and run it. Keep in mind this will actually launch real chrome just w/o GUI, so you need to have some RAM & CPU for this. Most servers will be fine with low enough traffic. Here is code sample but this must run on the BACKEND. Nodejs. Also it's slow call, it's resources intensive call. You should run it NOT on api call but e.g. after invoice was created - create pdf for it and store, if pdf was not generated yet, jest show message to try again in couple minutes.

const puppeteer = require('puppeteer'); (async () => {   const browser = await puppeteer.launch();   const page = await browser.newPage();   await page.goto('https://your-domain.com/path-to-invoice', {     waitUntil: 'networkidle2',   });   await page.pdf({ path: 'invoice-file-path.pdf', format: 'a4' });    await browser.close(); })(); 

Learn more here: https://pptr.dev/

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