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Pdf Library for .NET
Start Conversion from Javascript

Select.Pdf exposes a global Javascript variable called selectpdf in the page that is being converted. Using this variable you can check if the javascript code is executed inside the converter (check if typeof(selectpdf) == "object"). The converter version can also be checked using selectpdf.version.

The most important feature of the Javascript interface is the possibility to manually start the page conversion to pdf with a javascript call. To do that, you must:

  1. Set the StartupMode property of the HtmlToPdfOptions object to Manual.

  2. Call selectpdf.start() from javascript.


  • If StartupMode is set to Manual and selectpdf.start() is not called from javascript, the conversion will timeout.

  • If StartupMode is set to the default value Automatic, the conversion will start without waiting for any javascript calls.

Sample Code

Below it's the html of a test page that waits for 3 seconds after it loads and then calls the javascript conversion method. Converting it in Manual mode will display the time elapsed. Converting it in Automatic mode will not show that 3 seconds time interval.

<!DOCTYPE html>
        <title>Test document for Select.Pdf Sample</title>
        <h1>Select.Pdf for .NET - Start Conversion from Javascript</h1>
            This is a sample page that will demonstrate how a html to pdf conversion can be triggered from a javascript call 
            using Select.Pdf Library for .NET.
            <br />
            The page increments a timer until it reaches 3 and then it calls the conversion from javascript. 
            If the conversion is manually started from javascript, the timer below should be 3 in pdf. 
            If the conversion is automatically started when the page loads, the timer below should be 1 in pdf.
            Library version: <span id="idVersion"></span><br />
            Timer: <span id="idTimer"></span><br />

        <script type="text/javascript" src="jquery.js"> </script>
        <script type="text/javascript">
            var timer = 0;

            function incrementTimer() {
                timer = timer + 1;

                if (typeof (selectpdf) == "object") {
                else {
                    $("*#idVersion").html("Not in converter.");

                if (timer == 3) {
                    // 3 seconds elapsed - start conversion
                    if (typeof (selectpdf) == "object") {
                else {
                    // wait another second
                    setTimeout("incrementTimer()", 1000);


            $(document).ready(function () {

This sample code shows how to manually start the html to pdf conversion of the Select.Pdf Library for .NET using a Javascript call. The url parameter points to the page above.

// instantiate a html to pdf converter object
HtmlToPdf converter = new HtmlToPdf();

// set startup mode
converter.Options.StartupMode = HtmlToPdfStartupMode.Manual;

// set timeout
converter.Options.MaxPageLoadTime = 10;

// create a new pdf document converting an url
PdfDocument doc = converter.ConvertUrl(url);

// save pdf document
doc.Save(Response, false, "Sample.pdf");

// close pdf document
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