Create PDF document on Linux

19 Jul 20234 minutes to read

The Syncfusion .NET Core PDF library is used to create, read, and edit PDF documents programmatically without the dependency on Adobe Acrobat. Using this library, you can create a PDF document in ASP.NET Core application on Linux.

Steps to create PDF document programmatically

Step 1: Execute the following command in the Linux terminal to create a new .NET Core Console application project.

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  • dotnet new console

    Step 2: Install the Syncfusion.Pdf.Net.Core NuGet package as a reference to your project from by executing the following command.

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  • dotnet add package Syncfusion.Pdf.Net.Core -v xx.x.x.xx -s


    Starting with v16.2.0.x, if you reference Syncfusion assemblies from the trial setup or from the NuGet feed, you also have to add the “Syncfusion.Licensing” assembly reference and include a license key in your projects. Please refer to this link to know about registering the Syncfusion license key in your application to use our components.

    Step 3: Include the following Namespaces in the Program.cs file.

    using Syncfusion.Pdf;
    using Syncfusion.Pdf.Graphics;
    using Syncfusion.Drawing;
    using System.IO;

    Step 4: Add the following code sample to the Program.cs file to create a PDF document in the .NET Core application on Linux.

    //Create a new PDF document.
    PdfDocument document = new PdfDocument();
    // Set the page size.
    document.PageSettings.Size = PdfPageSize.A4;
    //Add a page to the document.
    PdfPage page = document.Pages.Add();
    //Create PDF graphics for the page.
    PdfGraphics graphics = page.Graphics;
    //Load the image from the disk.
    FileStream imageStream = new FileStream("AdventureCycle.jpg", FileMode.Open, FileAccess.Read);
    PdfBitmap image = new PdfBitmap(imageStream);
    //Draw an image.
    graphics.DrawImage(image, new RectangleF(130,0, 250, 100));
    //Draw header text. 
    graphics.DrawString("Adventure Works Cycles", new PdfStandardFont(PdfFontFamily.TimesRoman, 20, PdfFontStyle.Bold), PdfBrushes.Gray, new PointF(150, 150));
    //Add paragraph. 
    string text = "Adventure Works Cycles, the fictitious company on which the AdventureWorks sample databases are based, is a large, multinational manufacturing company. The company manufactures and sel
    //Create a text element with the text and font.
    PdfTextElement textElement = new PdfTextElement(text, new PdfStandardFont(PdfFontFamily.TimesRoman, 12));
    //Draw the text in the first column.
    textElement.Draw(page, new RectangleF(0, 200, page.GetClientSize().Width, page.GetClientSize().Height));
    //Create a PdfGrid.
    PdfGrid pdfGrid = new PdfGrid();
    //Add values to the list.
    List<object> data = new List<object>();
    Object row1 = new { Product_ID = "1001", Product_Name = "Bicycle", Price = "10,000" };
    Object row2 = new { Product_ID = "1002", Product_Name = "Head Light", Price = "3,000" };
    Object row3 = new { Product_ID = "1003", Product_Name = "Break wire", Price = "1,500" };
    //Add list to IEnumerable.
    IEnumerable<object> dataTable = data;
    //Assign data source.
    pdfGrid.DataSource = dataTable;
    //Apply built-in table style.
    //Draw the grid to the page of PDF document.
    pdfGrid.Draw(graphics, new RectangleF(0, 300, page.Size.Width - 80, 0));
    //Create file stream.
    using (FileStream outputFileStream = new FileStream(Path.GetFullPath(@"Output.pdf"), FileMode.Create, FileAccess.ReadWrite))
        //Save the PDF document to file stream.

    Step 5: Execute the following command to restore the NuGet packages.

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  • dotnet restore

    Linux Build

    Step 6: Execute the following command in terminal to run the application.

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  • dotnet run

    Linux Run

    A complete working sample can be downloaded from Github.

    By executing the program, you will get the PDF document as follows. The output will be saved in parallel to program.cs file.
    Linux output PDF document

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