In this article I will explain with an example, how to export HTML to PDF in Windows Forms Application using iTextSharp, C# and VB.Net.
First a DataGridView will be populated with some data and then an HTML Table will be generated using the values from the DataGridView.
Finally, the HTML Table will be exported and saved as PDF file using iTextSharp and XMLWorkerHelper class in Windows Forms Application with C# and VB.Net.
 
 
Form Design
The Form Design consists of a DataGridView and a Button.
Export HTML to PDF in Windows Forms Application using iTextSharp, C# and VB.Net
 
 
Namespaces
You will need to import the following namespaces.

C#
using System.IO;
using System.Data;
using iTextSharp.text;
using iTextSharp.text.pdf;
using iTextSharp.tool.xml;
 
VB.Net
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Data
Imports iTextSharp.text
Imports iTextSharp.text.pdf
Imports iTextSharp.tool.xml
 
 
Populating DataGridView
Inside the Form Constructor, the DataGridView is populated with a dynamic DataTable populated with some dummy data.

C#
public Form1()
{
    InitializeComponent();
    this.BindDataGridView();
}
 
private void BindDataGridView()
{
    DataTable dt = new DataTable();
    dt.Columns.AddRange(new DataColumn[3] { new DataColumn("Id", typeof(int)),
            new DataColumn("Name", typeof(string)),
            new DataColumn("Country",typeof(string)) });
    dt.Rows.Add(1, "John Hammond", "United States");
    dt.Rows.Add(2, "Mudassar Khan", "India");
    dt.Rows.Add(3, "Suzanne Mathews", "France");
    dt.Rows.Add(4, "Robert Schidner", "Russia");
    this.dataGridView1.DataSource = dt;
}
 
VB.Net
Public Sub New()
    InitializeComponent()
    Me.BindDataGridView()
End Sub
 
Private Sub BindDataGridView()
    Dim dt As New DataTable()
    dt.Columns.AddRange(New DataColumn() {New DataColumn("Id", GetType(Integer)), _
                                           New DataColumn("Name", GetType(String)), _
                                           New DataColumn("Country", GetType(String))})
    dt.Rows.Add(1, "John Hammond", "United States")
    dt.Rows.Add(2, "Mudassar Khan", "India")
    dt.Rows.Add(3, "Suzanne Mathews", "France")
    dt.Rows.Add(4, "Robert Schidner", "Russia")
    Me.dataGridView1.DataSource = dt
End Sub
 
 
Exporting HTML to PDF using iTextSharp in Windows Forms Application
When the Export Button is clicked, an HTML Table is created with string concatenation.
The HTML Table will contain columns same as that of the DataGridView and then a loop is executed over the DataGridView columns to add their header texts to the Header row of the HTML Table.
Once the Header row is populated then loop is executed over the DataGridView rows to add data rows to the HTML Table.
Then a check is performed to verify whether the Folder (Directory) to save the PDF file exists. If it does not exists then the Folder (Directory) is created.
Finally, the HTML string is converted to PDF document using XMLWorkerHelper class and the PDF file is saved in the Folder (Directory) on disk.

C#
private void btnExportPdf_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
    //Table start.
    string html = "<table cellpadding='5' cellspacing='0' style='border: 1px solid #ccc;font-size: 9pt'>";
 
    //Adding HeaderRow.
    html += "<tr>";
    foreach (DataGridViewColumn column in dataGridView1.Columns)
    {
        html += "<th style='background-color: #B8DBFD;border: 1px solid #ccc'>" + column.HeaderText + "</th>";
    }
    html += "</tr>";
 
    //Adding DataRow.
    foreach (DataGridViewRow row in dataGridView1.Rows)
    {
        html += "<tr>";
        foreach (DataGridViewCell cell in row.Cells)
        {
            html += "<td style='width:120px;border: 1px solid #ccc'>" + cell.Value.ToString() + "</td>";
        }
        html += "</tr>";
    }
 
    //Table end.
    html += "</table>";
 
    //Creating Folder for saving PDF.
    string folderPath = "C:\\PDFs\\";
    if (!Directory.Exists(folderPath))
    {
        Directory.CreateDirectory(folderPath);
    }
 
    //Exporting HTML to PDF file.
    using (FileStream stream = new FileStream(folderPath + "DataGridViewExport.pdf", FileMode.Create))
    {
        Document pdfDoc = new Document(PageSize.A2, 10f, 10f, 10f, 0f);
        PdfWriter writer = PdfWriter.GetInstance(pdfDoc, stream);         
        pdfDoc.Open();
        StringReader sr = new StringReader(html);
        XMLWorkerHelper.GetInstance().ParseXHtml(writer, pdfDoc, sr);
        pdfDoc.Close();
        stream.Close();
    }
}
 
VB.Net
Private Sub btnExportPDF_Click(sender As System.Object, e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnExportPDF.Click
    'Table start.
    Dim html As String = "<table cellpadding='5' cellspacing='0' style='border: 1px solid #ccc;font-size: 9pt'>"
 
    'Adding HeaderRow.
    html &= "<tr>"
 
    For Each column As DataGridViewColumn In dataGridView1.Columns
        html &= "<th style='background-color: #B8DBFD;border: 1px solid #ccc'>" & column.HeaderText & "</th>"
    Next
    html &= "</tr>"
 
    'Adding DataRow.
    For Each row As DataGridViewRow In dataGridView1.Rows
        html &= "<tr>"
 
        For Each cell As DataGridViewCell In row.Cells
            html &= "<td style='width:120px;border: 1px solid #ccc'>" & cell.Value.ToString() & "</td>"
        Next
 
        html &= "</tr>"
    Next
 
    'Table end.
    html &= "</table>"
 
    'Creating Folder for saving PDF.
    Dim folderPath As String = "C:\PDFs\"
    If Not Directory.Exists(folderPath) Then
        Directory.CreateDirectory(folderPath)
    End If
 
    'Exporting HTML to PDF file.
    Using stream As FileStream = New FileStream(folderPath & "DataGridViewExport.pdf", FileMode.Create)
        Dim pdfDoc As Document = New Document(PageSize.A2, 10.0F, 10.0F, 10.0F, 0.0F)
        Dim writer As PdfWriter = PdfWriter.GetInstance(pdfDoc, stream)
        pdfDoc.Open()
        Dim sr As StringReader = New StringReader(html)
        XMLWorkerHelper.GetInstance().ParseXHtml(writer, pdfDoc, sr)
        pdfDoc.Close()
        stream.Close()
    End Using
End Sub
 
 
Screenshots
The DataGridView
Export HTML to PDF in Windows Forms Application using iTextSharp, C# and VB.Net
 
The Exported PDF file
Export HTML to PDF in Windows Forms Application using iTextSharp, C# and VB.Net
 
 
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