Generating PDF document from HTML in C#

If you are wondering how to convert HTML to PDF in C# then read on. There are quite a few paid libraries available to generate PDF documents in C#.

PDFSharp is a leading free and open source library for generating PDF documents. However PDFSharp cannot convert HTML code to PDF. PDFSharp gives you complete control over creating a PDF document from scratch, building it as you want but if you are looking to quickly convert HTML to PDF in C# then PDFSharp won't work.

Headless Chrome is the preferred way to convert raw HTML to PDF. Nothing can render HTML better than a browser and nothing beats Chromium when it comes to rendering HTML. Chrome has inbuilt capability to convert any HTML page to PDF. Another benefit of generating PDF documents from HTML is that you can style the document using your familiar CSS framework. You don't have to learn a new styling language to get the out put you want. You can focus on creating the data for the PDF you want and leave the rest to our API.

We at PDFMark have done the hard work of managing the headless Chrome and wrapped it into an easy to use REST API so you can simply call the API from your C# code and pass in the HTML or a URL and get it converted to a PDF document. PDFMark will even upload it to cloud and give you a CDN link so you can simply serve that link to your end users without having to worry about saving the document yourself.

Following is the code for calling the PDFMark HTML to PDF REST API in C#
using System;
using System.Net;
using Newtonsoft.Json;
using System.IO;
using Newtonsoft.Json.Linq;
using System.Text;

private static string SendRequest(string Endpoint, string Key, byte[] Payload)
{
  string Response;
  System.Net.WebRequest Request;

  Request = System.Net.WebRequest.Create(new Uri(Endpoint));
  Request.ContentLength = Payload.Length;
  Request.ContentType = "application/json";
  Request.Method = "POST";
  Request.Headers.Add("key", Key);

  using (var RequestStream = Request.GetRequestStream())
  {
    RequestStream.Write(Payload, 0, Payload.Length);
    RequestStream.Close();

    using (var ResponseStream = Request.GetResponse().GetResponseStream())
    {
      using (StreamReader Reader = new StreamReader(ResponseStream))
      {
        Response = Reader.ReadToEnd();
      }
    }
  }

  return Response;
}

static void Main(string[] args)
{
  string APIKey = "YOUR_API-KEY";
  string Endpoint = "https://api.pdfmark.com/pdf";
  JObject Data = new JObject();
  Data.Add("html", "<html> <body> <h1> Hello World! </h1> </body> </html>");
  string Payload = Data.ToString();

  Console.Write(SendRequest(Endpoint, APIKey, Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(Payload)));
}

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