File APIs for Java Developers
Manipulate DOC, XLS, PPT, PDF and many others from your application.
The moose likes JSP and the fly likes converting java to pdf Big Moose Saloon
  Search | Java FAQ | Recent Topics | Flagged Topics | Hot Topics | Zero Replies
Register / Login
JavaRanch » Java Forums » Java » JSP
Bookmark "converting java to pdf" Watch "converting java to pdf" New topic

converting java to pdf


Joined: Mar 18, 2004
Posts: 2
i have a java application that genereated reports using jsp..
i want a link in the web page to convert the report into a
pdf document. is there any existing utility so that
i can directly call it from my application which will create a pdf so
that i dont have to change my code a lot as there are lot of reports for which i want to implement this functionality.
can anybody help me out with this..
Bear Bibeault
Author and ninkuma

Joined: Jan 10, 2002
Posts: 63844

"vik jsp",
We're pleased to have you here with us in the JSP forum, but there are a few rules that need to be followed, and one is that proper names are required. Please take a look at the JavaRanch Naming Policy and adjust your display name to match it.
In particular, your display name must be a first and a last name separated by a space character, and must not be obviously fictitious.
Forum Bartender

[Asking smart questions] [About Bear] [Books by Bear]
brad balmer
Ranch Hand

Joined: Mar 08, 2004
Posts: 57
There are many different options to do this, depending on how much you want to spend (0 -> thousands).
One of the easiest ways (not FREE) is using a filter written by big.faceless It converts a jsp/xml into a PDF.
Free ones are jasper, iText, ......
Search sourceforge for a full listing.
S Santosh Kumar
Ranch Hand

Joined: Mar 14, 2004
Posts: 43
Try iText.jar from
It's free and very easy to use with lots of good examples ..

Early bird catches the worm, but remember "early worm" gets caught by bird.

Joined: Mar 18, 2004
Posts: 2
thanks you all for ur help
i will look into iText..
Winston Smith
Ranch Hand

Joined: Jun 06, 2003
Posts: 136
FDFToolkit is a nice option if you're dealing with dynamic reports/forms. It allows you to build pdf form templates then import data dynamically via the web. We use this to show evaluation reports for employees online.

for (int i = today; i < endOfTime; i++) { code(); }
I agree. Here's the link:
subject: converting java to pdf
It's not a secret anymore!