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A PDF generation library for Node.js.


Warning: This readme is not up-to-date. Some of the APIs have changed from sync to async. Please be patient (or dig into the code) ...

PDFKit is a PDF document generation library for Node that makes creating complex, multi-page, printable documents easy. It is written in pure CoffeeScript, but you can choose to use the API in plain 'ol JavaScript if you like. 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!


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
  • Text
    • Line wrapping
    • Text alignments
    • Bulleted lists
  • Font embedding
    • Supports TrueType (.ttf), TrueType Collections (.ttc), and Datafork TrueType (.dfont) fonts
  • Image embedding
    • Supports JPEG and PNG files (including indexed PNGs, and PNGs with transparency)
  • Annotations
    • Links
    • Notes
    • Highlights
    • Underlines
    • etc.

Coming soon!

  • Gradients and patterns
  • Outlines
  • PDF Security
  • Font subsetting
  • 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.


PDFDocument = require 'pdfkit'
doc = new PDFDocument

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

# 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, '')

# Write the PDF file to disk
doc.write 'output.pdf'

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.


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


PDFKit is licensed under the MIT license.

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