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Gios PDF .NET library

, 18 Apr 2005 LGPL3
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A .NET library for generating impressive PDF reports.


This article describes how to use the Gios Pdf.NET open source library, a complete object-oriented .NET library for generating impressive reports with few lines of code.


I started writing this library because I really couldn’t find a good C# library for exporting my reports. When you open a PDF document with Notepad to find out if it’s possible to edit it… well… you change your mind!

...But if you download the PDF format specifications from Adobe’s official site… you can demystify everything!

In this article, it’s not my intention to teach “how to write a clone of my library” but “how to use it” … By the way, if you want to try to write your own library… try it: it’s not impossible and it's a good (and difficult!) exercise!

Using the code

Start instantiating the document with a new PdfDocument object. Remember to set the document format. In this case we specify width and height in centimeters. Document format is provided by the PdfDocumentFormat class:

PdfDocument myPdfDocument = 
  new PdfDocument(PdfDocumentFormat.InCentimeters(21,29.7));

Now we create a table of 100 lines, 6 columns and 4 points of padding:

PdfTable myPdfTable = 
  myPdfDocument.NewTable(new Font("Verdana",12),200,6,4);

Importing data from the datatables... (also column names for the headers!):


Set the format for correct date-time representation:


Now we set our Graphic Design: Colors and Borders...


With just one method, we can set the proportional width of the columns. It's a "percentage like" assignment, but the sum can be different from 100.

myPdfTable.SetColumnsWidth(new int[]{5,25,16,20,20,15});

You can also set colors for a range of cells, in this case, a row:


Now we set some alignment... for the whole table and then, for a column:


This is the most important feature of the library: each page generated by the table can be managed in all the details:

while (!myPdfTable.AllTablePagesCreated)
    // we create a new page to put the generation of the new TablePage:

    PdfPage newPdfPage=myPdfDocument.NewPage();
    PdfTablePage newPdfTablePage = 
      myPdfTable.CreateTablePage(new PdfArea(myPdfDocument,48,120,500,670));

    // we also put a Label 
    PdfTextArea pta=new PdfTextArea(new Font("Verdana",26, FontStyle.Bold), 
      Color.Red, new PdfArea(myPdfDocument,0,20,595,120), 
      ContentAlignment.MiddleCenter,"Contact List");

    // nice thing: we can put all the objects
    // in the following lines, so we can have
    // a great control of layer sequence... 


    // Now we create a loop for serching for people born in 1968. If we find
    // one, we will draw a circle over
    // the birthday cell. This is possible using the
    // the CellArea, that is the Area occupied by a rasterized Cell.
    for (int index=newPdfTablePage.FirstRow;index<=newPdfTablePage.LastRow;index++)
       if (((DateTime)myPdfTable.Rows[index][2].Content).Year==1968)
          PdfCircle pc=newPdfTablePage.CellArea(index,2).InnerCircle(Color.Blue,2);

    // we save each generated page before start rendering the next.


At last... remember to save the document!


And this is the result:

Remember, you can also output the PDF to a generic Stream. These are the lines for a Web Response:



  • April 18, 2005 - Initial release.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPLv3)


About the Author

Paolo Gios
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Freelance software ASPNET / C# Software Developer
I live in Torino, Italy
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Comments and Discussions

QuestionPDF files not opening in the Windows 8 Metro PDF reader Pinmembertanioskahi11-Oct-13 4:37 
AnswerRe: PDF files not opening in the Windows 8 Metro PDF reader Pinmemberinfal2-Dec-13 5:36 
GeneralRe: PDF files not opening in the Windows 8 Metro PDF reader Pinmemberinfal2-Dec-13 5:40 
QuestionCan u Extend this to Read pdf Pinmemberpra2717-Jul-13 0:13 
QuestionLandscape? PinmemberKalpana Volety11-Jan-13 12:46 
AnswerRe: Landscape? PinprofessionalSyryusAx17-Apr-13 12:56 
QuestionGios Pdf.NET.dll PinmemberStrygor4-Sep-12 9:22 
QuestionGios-PDF-NET-library PinmemberMember 879443230-Jul-12 2:16 
QuestionFont Support PinmemberN Haque24-Jul-12 21:50 
QuestionSearch Document Pinmemberjibrownie1-Jul-12 9:03 
QuestionWrong char after converting Pdf PinmemberN Haque23-May-12 0:15 
GeneralMy vote of 5 Pinmembermanoj kumar choubey9-Feb-12 3:24 
QuestionAdd images in the pdf table Pinmembergalvin verghese13-Oct-11 2:01 
BugSend("startxref\n" + startxref+"\n"); [modified] Pinmemberinfal18-Sep-11 13:29 
QuestionWhere is V2.0? Pinmemberinfal16-Sep-11 2:35 
SuggestionActualize and permanently update the code. Pinmemberinfal15-Sep-11 2:26 
GeneralPage Numbers PinmemberJayveeJavier10-Feb-11 17:20 
GeneralRe: Page Numbers Pinmembergalvin verghese13-Oct-11 2:07 
Yea. U can add the page number in your PDF Report.
see the code :
int pgNo = 1;
while (!myPdfTable.AllTablePagesCreated)
PdfPage newPdfPage = myPdfDocument.NewPage();
PdfTablePage newPdfTablePage =
myPdfTable.CreateTablePage(new PdfArea(myPdfDocument,48, 130, 500, 670));
PdfTextArea pageNumber = new PdfTextArea(new Font("Verdana", 8, FontStyle.Regular), Color.Black
, new PdfArea(myPdfDocument, 50, 0, 450, 1600), ContentAlignment.MiddleRight, "Page Number : " + pgNo++.ToString());


QuestionCan I use this in web pages Pinmemberarpan31-Oct-10 22:20 
AnswerRe: Can I use this in web pages Pinmembergalvin verghese3-Sep-11 0:26 
AnswerRe: Can I use this in web pages Pinmembergalvin verghese4-Sep-11 23:26 
GeneralMy vote of 3 Pinmemberscefiro8-Aug-10 18:42 
GeneralRe: My vote of 3 Pinmemberhazk7-Sep-10 9:56 
GeneralRe: My vote of 3 Pinmembergalvin verghese13-Oct-11 2:15 
QuestionArabic Text support Pinmembermanmadhan12313-Jun-10 0:53 

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