PDF Export

The TreeList provides options for exporting its content to PDF.

To enable the PDF export, import the PDFModule and add the kendo-treelist-pdf component to the Kendo UI TreeList for Angular. To initiate the PDF export, use the kendoTreeListPDFCommand directive or the saveAsPDF method.

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With regard to its PDF export, the TreeList enables you to:

Exporting All Pages

By default, the TreeList exports only the current page of data. To export all pages, set the allPages option to true. When you enable the option, the pageChange event fires with skip set to 0 and take to the total number of records. The original skip and take are restored after the export completes.

  • The export of all TreeList pages requires all records (although off-screen) to be rendered at once.
  • The exact maximum number of exportable rows varies depending on the browser, system resources, template complexity, and other factors.
  • Verify your own worst-case scenarios in each browser you intend to support.

Fitting Content to Paper Size

By default, the paper size of the exported document is determined by the size of the TreeList on the screen. However, you can define a specific paper size that will apply to the whole document. As a result, the content is scaled to fit the specified paper size. It is possible to override the automatic scale factorfor example, to make room for additional page elements.

To use the whole space that is available, the TreeList:

  • Adjusts the column widths to fill the page.
  • Adapts the number of rows for each page and places page breaks where appropriate.
  • Omits the toolbar and pager.

Customizing Exported Columns

The TreeList enables you to specify the columns that will be exported. To configure them, include the <kendo-treelist-column> and <kendo-treelist-column-group> components inside the <kendo-treelist-pdf> component.

Specifying Page Template

The TreeList enables you to specify a page template that helps you position the content and add headers, footers, and other elements. To style the exported document, use CSS. During the PDF export, the template is positioned in a container with the specified paper size. To define a page template, nest a <ng-template> tag with the kendoTreeListPDFTemplate directive inside the <kendo-treelist-pdf> component.

The available page template variables are:

  • pageNumber
  • totalPages

When you use a page template, you are required to set the paperSize option.

Exporting Multiple TreeLists to the Same PDF

By default, the each TreeList is exported to a separate document.

To export multiple TreeLists to the same document:

  1. Use the drawPDF method to get the group of TreeLists for export.
  2. Set the exportPDF method to export the group.

Triggering Export Externally

The TreeList enables you to trigger the export operation by calling the saveAsPDF method.

Saving PDF Files

Internet Explorer 9 and Safari do not support the option for saving the exported PDF file and require the implementation of a server proxy. To specify the server proxy URL, set the proxyURL option.

Your project might require you to send the generated PDF file to a remote service. To achieve this behavior, set the proxyUrl and forceProxy to true. If the proxy returns 204 No Content, the Save As... dialog will not appear on the client.

Embedding Custom Fonts

The default fonts in the PDF files do not provide Unicode support. To render international characters, you need to embed an external font. For more information, refer to the article on custom fonts and PDF export.

Known Limitations

  • The rendition of right-to-left content is not supported.

  • Overflowing text is clipped and text-overflow: ellipsis is not supported.

  • Images that are hosted on different domains might not be rendered unless the server provides the permissive Cross-Origin HTTP headers. Similarly, it might not be possible for fonts to load across domains.

    Even if the proper CORS headers are provided, Internet Explorer 9 will not be able to load images or fonts from another domain, which might raise an uncatchable security exception. To support Internet Explorer 9, host the images and fonts on the same domain as the application.

  • The 1.5 PDF specification limits the maximum PDF document size to 5,080 x 5,080 millimeters (which equals to 200x200 inches). Larger files might not open in all viewers.

  • Older browsers, such as Internet Explorer 9 and Safari, require you to implement a server proxy. For more information, refer to the proxyUrl configuration section.