Create Pdf file in Xamarin

GemBox.Pdf provides support for .NET Standard 2.0, a cross-platform specification of .NET APIs, which is why it can be used on non-Windows platforms like Linux and macOS, and with the help of Xamarin and Mono, on Android and iOS mobile devices.

With GemBox.Pdf for .NET Standard you can process your documents (read, write, and convert Pdf files) from the native mobile apps.

The following example shows how you can create a Pdf file in Xamarin.Forms mobile application.

Pdf file generator on a native Android mobile app with Xamarin.Forms
Screenshot of Xamarin Android app that creates a Pdf file
<ContentPage xmlns="http://xamarin.com/schemas/2014/forms"
             xmlns:x="http://schemas.microsoft.com/winfx/2009/xaml"
             xmlns:d="http://xamarin.com/schemas/2014/forms/design"
             xmlns:mc="http://schemas.openxmlformats.org/markup-compatibility/2006"
             mc:Ignorable="d"
             x:Class="GemBox.CreateDocument.MainPage">

    <StackLayout Padding="50" 
                 Spacing="20">

        <Label Text="GemBox.Pdf Example"
               HorizontalOptions="Center"
               FontSize="Large"
               Margin="0,0,0,30" />

        <Label HorizontalOptions="Center" 
               Text="Document page count" />

        <Label HorizontalOptions="Center"
               FontSize="Large"
               FontAttributes="Bold"
               BindingContext="{x:Reference pages}" 
               Text="{Binding Value}" />

        <Stepper x:Name="pages" 
                 HorizontalOptions="Center"
                 Minimum="1" 
                 Maximum="10"
                 Value="2" />

        <ActivityIndicator x:Name="activity" />

        <Button x:Name="button"
                Text="Create document"
                Clicked="Button_Clicked"/>

    </StackLayout>
</ContentPage>
using System;
using System.ComponentModel;
using System.IO;
using System.Threading.Tasks;
using Xamarin.Essentials;
using Xamarin.Forms;
using GemBox.Pdf;

public partial class MainPage : ContentPage
{
    public MainPage()
    {
        ComponentInfo.SetLicense("FREE-LIMITED-KEY");
        InitializeComponent();
    }

    private string CreateDocument()
    {
        var document = new PdfDocument();

        for (int i = 0; i < pages.Value; ++i)
            document.Pages.Add();

        var filePath = Path.Combine(Environment.GetFolderPath(Environment.SpecialFolder.MyDocuments), "Example.pdf");

        document.Save(filePath);

        return filePath;
    }

    private async void Button_Clicked(object sender, EventArgs e)
    {
        button.IsEnabled = false;
        activity.IsRunning = true;

        try
        {
            var filePath = await Task.Run(() => CreateDocument());
            await Launcher.OpenAsync(new OpenFileRequest(Path.GetFileName(filePath), new ReadOnlyFile(filePath)));
        }
        catch (Exception ex)
        {
            await DisplayAlert("Error", ex.Message, "Close");
        }

        activity.IsRunning = false;
        button.IsEnabled = true;
    }
}
Imports System
Imports System.ComponentModel
Imports System.IO
Imports System.Threading.Tasks
Imports Xamarin.Essentials
Imports Xamarin.Forms
Imports GemBox.Pdf

Partial Public Class MainPage
    Inherits ContentPage

    Public Sub New()
        ComponentInfo.SetLicense("FREE-LIMITED-KEY")
        InitializeComponent()
    End Sub

    Private Function CreateDocument() As String
        Dim document As New PdfDocument()

        For i As Integer = 0 To pages.Value - 1
            document.Pages.Add()
        Next

        Dim filePath = Path.Combine(Environment.GetFolderPath(Environment.SpecialFolder.MyDocuments), "Example.pdf")

        document.Save(filePath)

        Return filePath
    End Function

    Private Async Sub Button_Clicked(sender As Object, e As EventArgs)
        button.IsEnabled = False
        activity.IsRunning = True

        Try
            Dim filePath = Await Task.Run(Function() CreateDocument())
            Await Launcher.OpenAsync(New OpenFileRequest(Path.GetFileName(filePath), New ReadOnlyFile(filePath)))
        Catch ex As Exception
            Await DisplayAlert("Error", ex.Message, "Close")
        End Try

        activity.IsRunning = False
        button.IsEnabled = True
    End Sub
End Class

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