Convert canvas to PDF

Is it possible to directly convert canvas to pdf using JavaScript (pdf.js or something like that)?

Is there another possible way like canvas to img and then img to pdf?

Can you give me an example?

Answers:

Answer

Please see https://github.com/joshua-gould/canvas2pdf. This library creates a PDF representation of your canvas element, unlike the other proposed solutions which embed an image in a PDF document.

//Create a new PDF canvas context.
var ctx = new canvas2pdf.Context(blobStream());

//draw your canvas like you would normally
ctx.fillStyle='yellow';
ctx.fillRect(100,100,100,100);
// more canvas drawing, etc...

//convert your PDF to a Blob and save to file
ctx.stream.on('finish', function () {
    var blob = ctx.stream.toBlob('application/pdf');
    saveAs(blob, 'example.pdf', true);
});
ctx.end();
Answer

A better solution would be using Kendo ui draw dom to export to pdf-

Suppose the following html file which contains the canvas tag:

<script src="http://kendo.cdn.telerik.com/2017.2.621/js/kendo.all.min.js"></script>

    <script type="x/kendo-template" id="page-template">
     <div class="page-template">
            <div class="header">

            </div>
            <div class="footer" style="text-align: center">

                <h2> #:pageNum# </h2>
            </div>
      </div>
    </script>
    <canvas id="myCanvas" width="500" height="500"></canvas>
    <button onclick="ExportPdf()">download</button>

Now after that in your script write down the following and it will be done:

function ExportPdf(){ 
kendo.drawing
    .drawDOM("#myCanvas", 
    { 
        forcePageBreak: ".page-break", 
        paperSize: "A4",
        margin: { top: "1cm", bottom: "1cm" },
        scale: 0.8,
        height: 500, 
        template: $("#page-template").html(),
        keepTogether: ".prevent-split"
    })
        .then(function(group){
        kendo.drawing.pdf.saveAs(group, "Exported_Itinerary.pdf")
    });
}

And that is it, Write anything in that canvas and simply press that download button all exported into PDF. Here is a link to Kendo UI - http://docs.telerik.com/kendo-ui/framework/drawing/drawing-dom And a blog to better understand the whole process - https://www.cronj.com/blog/export-htmlcss-pdf-using-javascript/

Answer

So for today, jspdf-1.5.3. To answer the question of having the pdf file page exactly same as the canvas. After many tries of different combinations, I figured you gotta do something like this. We first need to set the height and width for the output pdf file with correct orientation, otherwise the sides might be cut off. Then we get the dimensions from the 'pdf' file itself, if you tried to use the canvas's dimensions, the sides might be cut off again. I am not sure why that happens, my best guess is the jsPDF convert the dimensions in other units in the library.

  // Download button
  $("#download-image").on('click', function () {
    let width = __CANVAS.width; 
    let height = __CANVAS.height;

    //set the orientation
    if(width > height){
      pdf = new jsPDF('l', 'px', [width, height]);
    }
    else{
      pdf = new jsPDF('p', 'px', [height, width]);
    }
    //then we get the dimensions from the 'pdf' file itself
    width = pdf.internal.pageSize.getWidth();
    height = pdf.internal.pageSize.getHeight();
    pdf.addImage(__CANVAS, 'PNG', 0, 0,width,height);
    pdf.save("download.pdf");
  });

Learnt about switching orientations from here: https://github.com/MrRio/jsPDF/issues/476

Answer

You can achieve this by utilizing the jsPDF library and the toDataURL function.

I made a little demonstration:

var canvas = document.getElementById('myCanvas');
var context = canvas.getContext('2d');

// draw a blue cloud
context.beginPath();
context.moveTo(170, 80);
context.bezierCurveTo(130, 100, 130, 150, 230, 150);
context.bezierCurveTo(250, 180, 320, 180, 340, 150);
context.bezierCurveTo(420, 150, 420, 120, 390, 100);
context.bezierCurveTo(430, 40, 370, 30, 340, 50);
context.bezierCurveTo(320, 5, 250, 20, 250, 50);
context.bezierCurveTo(200, 5, 150, 20, 170, 80);
context.closePath();
context.lineWidth = 5;
context.fillStyle = '#8ED6FF';
context.fill();
context.strokeStyle = '#0000ff';
context.stroke();

download.addEventListener("click", function() {
  // only jpeg is supported by jsPDF
  var imgData = canvas.toDataURL("image/jpeg", 1.0);
  var pdf = new jsPDF();

  pdf.addImage(imgData, 'JPEG', 0, 0);
  pdf.save("download.pdf");
}, false);
<script src="//cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/jspdf/1.3.3/jspdf.min.js"></script>


<canvas id="myCanvas" width="578" height="200"></canvas>
<button id="download">download</button>

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