In this short article I will explain how to export GridView with paging enabled to PDF file in ASP.Net.
 
Database
For this article I am making use of the Microsoft’s Northwind Database. Download and install instructions are provided in the link below
 
HTML Markup
The HTML Markup consists of an ASP.Net GridView and a Button. For the GridView I have enabled paging using the AllowPaging property and I have also specified on the OnPageIndexChanging event.
<asp:GridView ID="GridView1" HeaderStyle-BackColor="#3AC0F2" HeaderStyle-ForeColor="White"
    RowStyle-BackColor="#A1DCF2" AlternatingRowStyle-BackColor="White" AlternatingRowStyle-ForeColor="#000"
    runat="server" AutoGenerateColumns="false" AllowPaging="true" OnPageIndexChanging="OnPageIndexChanging">
    <Columns>
        <asp:BoundField DataField="ContactName" HeaderText="Contact Name" ItemStyle-Width="150px" />
        <asp:BoundField DataField="City" HeaderText="City" ItemStyle-Width="100px" />
        <asp:BoundField DataField="Country" HeaderText="Country" ItemStyle-Width="100px" />
    </Columns>
</asp:GridView>
<br />
<asp:Button ID="btnExport" runat="server" Text="Export To PDF" OnClick = "ExportToPDF" />
 

 
Namespaces
You will need to import the following namespaces
C#
using System.IO;
using System.Data;
using System.Data.SqlClient;
using System.Configuration;
using iTextSharp.text;
using iTextSharp.text.html.simpleparser;
using iTextSharp.text.pdf;

 
VB.Net
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Data
Imports System.Data.SqlClient
Imports System.Configuration
Imports iTextSharp.text
Imports iTextSharp.text.html.simpleparser
Imports iTextSharp.text.pdf
 
 
Binding the GridView
Below is the code to bind the GridView with records from the Customers table of the Northwind database
C#
protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
    if (!IsPostBack)
    {
        this.BindGrid();
    }
}
 
private void BindGrid()
{
    string strConnString = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings["constr"].ConnectionString;
    using (SqlConnection con = new SqlConnection(strConnString))
    {
        using (SqlCommand cmd = new SqlCommand("SELECT * FROM Customers"))
        {
            using (SqlDataAdapter sda = new SqlDataAdapter())
            {
                cmd.Connection = con;
                sda.SelectCommand = cmd;
                using (DataTable dt = new DataTable())
                {
                    sda.Fill(dt);
                    GridView1.DataSource = dt;
                    GridView1.DataBind();
                }
            }
        }
    }
}
 
VB.Net
Protected Sub Page_Load(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles Me.Load
    If Not IsPostBack Then
        Me.BindGrid()
    End If
End Sub
 
Private Sub BindGrid()
    Dim strConnString As String = ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings("constr").ConnectionString
    Using con As New SqlConnection(strConnString)
        Using cmd As New SqlCommand("SELECT * FROM Customers")
            Using sda As New SqlDataAdapter()
                cmd.Connection = con
                sda.SelectCommand = cmd
                Using dt As New DataTable()
                    sda.Fill(dt)
                    GridView1.DataSource = dt
                    GridView1.DataBind()
                End Using
            End Using
        End Using
    End Using
End Sub
 
Export GridView ( all pages ) with Paging enabled ( AllowPaging ) to PDF in ASP.Net


 
Implement Paging in GridView
The OnPageIndexChanging event handles the Pagination in the GridView
C#
protected void OnPageIndexChanging(object sender, GridViewPageEventArgs e)
{
    GridView1.PageIndex = e.NewPageIndex;
    this.BindGrid();
}
 
VB.Net
Protected Sub OnPageIndexChanging(sender As Object, e As GridViewPageEventArgs)
    GridView1.PageIndex = e.NewPageIndex
    Me.BindGrid()
End Sub
 

 
Export GridView with Paging Enabled to PDF
Below is the code to Export GridView to PDF file with Paging enabled. Firstly the GridView is again populated with data from database after setting AllowPaging to false.
First the GridView is rendered into an HTML string using HtmlTextWriter and then the generated HTML is added to the iTextSharp PDF Document, which is then export to PDF through the Response Stream.
Note: The iTextSharp DLL supplied with the code sample of this article has been modified to allow GridView Styles, Colors and Formatting. Thus if you use any other copy of iTextSharp the GridView Styles, Colors and Formatting won’t be rendered in the exported PDF.


C#
protected void ExportToPDF(object sender, EventArgs e)
{
    using (StringWriter sw = new StringWriter())
    {
        using (HtmlTextWriter hw = new HtmlTextWriter(sw))
        {
            //To Export all pages
            GridView1.AllowPaging = false;
            this.BindGrid();
 
            GridView1.RenderControl(hw);
            StringReader sr = new StringReader(sw.ToString());
            Document pdfDoc = new Document(PageSize.A2, 10f, 10f, 10f, 0f);
            HTMLWorker htmlparser = new HTMLWorker(pdfDoc);
            PdfWriter.GetInstance(pdfDoc, Response.OutputStream);
            pdfDoc.Open();
            htmlparser.Parse(sr);
            pdfDoc.Close();
 
            Response.ContentType = "application/pdf";
            Response.AddHeader("content-disposition", "attachment;filename=GridViewExport.pdf");
            Response.Cache.SetCacheability(HttpCacheability.NoCache);
            Response.Write(pdfDoc);
            Response.End();
        }
    }
}
 
VB.Net
Protected Sub ExportToPDF(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)
    Using sw As New StringWriter()
        Using hw As New HtmlTextWriter(sw)
            'To Export all pages
            GridView1.AllowPaging = False
            Me.BindGrid()
 
            GridView1.RenderControl(hw)
            Dim sr As New StringReader(sw.ToString())
            Dim pdfDoc As New Document(PageSize.A2, 10.0F, 10.0F, 10.0F, 0.0F)
            Dim htmlparser As New HTMLWorker(pdfDoc)
            PdfWriter.GetInstance(pdfDoc, Response.OutputStream)
            pdfDoc.Open()
            htmlparser.Parse(sr)
            pdfDoc.Close()
 
            Response.ContentType = "application/pdf"
            Response.AddHeader("content-disposition", "attachment;filename=GridViewExport.pdf")
            Response.Cache.SetCacheability(HttpCacheability.NoCache)
            Response.Write(pdfDoc)
            Response.[End]()
        End Using
    End Using
End Sub
 
Export GridView ( all pages ) with Paging enabled ( AllowPaging ) to PDF in ASP.Net
 

 
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