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Programming language: JavaScript
License: MIT License
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Latest version: v0.13.0

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A JavaScript PDF generation library for Node and the browser.


PDFKit is a PDF document generation library for Node and the browser that makes creating complex, multi-page, printable documents easy. The API embraces chainability, and includes both low level functions as well as abstractions for higher level functionality. The PDFKit API is designed to be simple, so generating complex documents is often as simple as a few function calls.

Check out some of the documentation and examples to see for yourself! You can also read the guide as a self-generated PDF with example output displayed inline. If you'd like to see how it was generated, check out the README in the docs folder.

You can also try out an interactive in-browser demo of PDFKit here.


Installation uses the npm package manager. Just type the following command after installing npm.

npm install pdfkit


  • Vector graphics
    • HTML5 canvas-like API
    • Path operations
    • SVG path parser for easy path creation
    • Transformations
    • Linear and radial gradients
  • Text
    • Line wrapping
    • Text alignments
    • Bulleted lists
  • Font embedding
    • Supports TrueType (.ttf), OpenType (.otf), WOFF, WOFF2, TrueType Collections (.ttc), and Datafork TrueType (.dfont) fonts
    • Font subsetting
    • See fontkit for more details on advanced glyph layout support.
  • Image embedding
    • Supports JPEG and PNG files (including indexed PNGs, and PNGs with transparency)
  • Annotations
    • Links
    • Notes
    • Highlights
    • Underlines
    • etc.
  • AcroForms
  • Outlines
  • PDF security
    • Encryption
    • Access privileges (printing, copying, modifying, annotating, form filling, content accessibility, document assembly)
  • Accessibility support (marked content, logical structure, Tagged PDF, PDF/UA)

Coming soon!

  • Patterns fills
  • Higher level APIs for creating tables and laying out content
  • More performance optimizations
  • Even more awesomeness, perhaps written by you! Please fork this repository and send me pull requests.


const PDFDocument = require('pdfkit');
const fs = require('fs');

// Create a document
const doc = new PDFDocument();

// Pipe its output somewhere, like to a file or HTTP response
// See below for browser usage

// Embed a font, set the font size, and render some text
  .text('Some text with an embedded font!', 100, 100);

// Add an image, constrain it to a given size, and center it vertically and horizontally
doc.image('path/to/image.png', {
  fit: [250, 300],
  align: 'center',
  valign: 'center'

// Add another page
  .text('Here is some vector graphics...', 100, 100);

// Draw a triangle
  .moveTo(100, 150)
  .lineTo(100, 250)
  .lineTo(200, 250)

// Apply some transforms and render an SVG path with the 'even-odd' fill rule
  .translate(470, -380)
  .path('M 250,75 L 323,301 131,161 369,161 177,301 z')
  .fill('red', 'even-odd')

// Add some text with annotations
  .text('Here is a link!', 100, 100)
  .underline(100, 100, 160, 27, { color: '#0000FF' })
  .link(100, 100, 160, 27, 'http://google.com/');

// Finalize PDF file

The PDF output from this example (with a few additions) shows the power of PDFKit — producing complex documents with a very small amount of code. For more, see the demo folder and the PDFKit programming guide.

Browser Usage

There are three ways to use PDFKit in the browser:

In addition to PDFKit, you'll need somewhere to stream the output to. HTML5 has a Blob object which can be used to store binary data, and get URLs to this data in order to display PDF output inside an iframe, or upload to a server, etc. In order to get a Blob from the output of PDFKit, you can use the blob-stream module.

The following example uses Browserify or webpack to load PDFKit and blob-stream. See here and here for examples of prebuilt version usage.

// require dependencies
const PDFDocument = require('pdfkit');
const blobStream = require('blob-stream');

// create a document the same way as above
const doc = new PDFDocument();

// pipe the document to a blob
const stream = doc.pipe(blobStream());

// add your content to the document here, as usual

// get a blob when you are done
stream.on('finish', function() {
  // get a blob you can do whatever you like with
  const blob = stream.toBlob('application/pdf');

  // or get a blob URL for display in the browser
  const url = stream.toBlobURL('application/pdf');
  iframe.src = url;

You can see an interactive in-browser demo of PDFKit here.

Note that in order to Browserify a project using PDFKit, you need to install the brfs module with npm, which is used to load built-in font data into the package. It is listed as a devDependency in PDFKit's package.json, so it isn't installed by default for Node users. If you forget to install it, Browserify will print an error message.


For complete API documentation and more examples, see the PDFKit website.


PDFKit is available under the MIT license.

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the PDFKit README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.