How to properly use jsPDF library


I want to convert some of my divs into PDF and I've tried jsPDF library but with no success. It seems I can't understand what I need to import to make the library work. I've been through the examples and I still can't figure it out. I've tried the following:

<script type="text/javascript" src="js/jspdf.min.js"></script>

After jQuery and:

$("#html2pdf").on('click', function(){
    var doc = new jsPDF();
    doc.fromHTML($('body').get(0), 15, 15, {
        'width': 170

for testing purposes but I receive:

"Cannot read property '#smdadminbar' of undefined"

where #smdadminbar is the first div from the body.

9/10/2014 9:24:35 PM

Accepted Answer

you can use pdf from html as follows,

Step 1: Add the following script to the header

<script src=""></script>

or download locally

Step 2: Add HTML script to execute jsPDF code

Customize this to pass the identifier or just change #content to be the identifier you need.

    function demoFromHTML() {
        var pdf = new jsPDF('p', 'pt', 'letter');
        // source can be HTML-formatted string, or a reference
        // to an actual DOM element from which the text will be scraped.
        source = $('#content')[0];

        // we support special element handlers. Register them with jQuery-style 
        // ID selector for either ID or node name. ("#iAmID", "div", "span" etc.)
        // There is no support for any other type of selectors 
        // (class, of compound) at this time.
        specialElementHandlers = {
            // element with id of "bypass" - jQuery style selector
            '#bypassme': function (element, renderer) {
                // true = "handled elsewhere, bypass text extraction"
                return true
        margins = {
            top: 80,
            bottom: 60,
            left: 40,
            width: 522
        // all coords and widths are in jsPDF instance's declared units
        // 'inches' in this case
            source, // HTML string or DOM elem ref.
            margins.left, // x coord
  , { // y coord
                'width': margins.width, // max width of content on PDF
                'elementHandlers': specialElementHandlers

            function (dispose) {
                // dispose: object with X, Y of the last line add to the PDF 
                //          this allow the insertion of new lines after html
            }, margins

Step 3: Add your body content

<a href="javascript:demoFromHTML()" class="button">Run Code</a>
<div id="content">
        We support special element handlers. Register them with jQuery-style.

Refer to the original tutorial

See a working fiddle

1/12/2017 12:56:42 PM

You only need this link jspdf.min.js

It has everything in it.

<script src=""></script>

This is finally what did it for me (and triggers a disposition):

function onClick() {
  var pdf = new jsPDF('p', 'pt', 'letter');
  pdf.canvas.height = 72 * 11;
  pdf.canvas.width = 72 * 8.5;


var element = document.getElementById("clickbind");
element.addEventListener("click", onClick);

<a id="clickbind" href="#">Click</a>
<script src=""></script>

And for those of the KnockoutJS inclination, a little binding:

ko.bindingHandlers.generatePDF = {
    init: function(element) {

        function onClick() {
            var pdf = new jsPDF('p', 'pt', 'letter');
            pdf.canvas.height = 72 * 11;
            pdf.canvas.width = 72 * 8.5;



        element.addEventListener("click", onClick);

Shouldn't you also be using the jspdf.plugin.from_html.js library? Besides the main library (jspdf.js), you must use other libraries for "special operations" (like jspdf.plugin.addimage.js for using images). Check


first, you have to create a handler.

var specialElementHandlers = {
    '#editor': function(element, renderer){
        return true;

then write this code in click event:

doc.fromHTML($('body').get(0), 15, 15, {
    'width': 170, 
    'elementHandlers': specialElementHandlers

var pdfOutput = doc.output();
            console.log(">>>"+pdfOutput );

assuming you've already declared doc variable. And Then you have save this pdf file using File-Plugin.


According to the latest version (1.5.3) there is no fromHTML() method anymore. Instead you should utilize jsPDF HTML plugin, see:

You also need to add html2canvas library in order for it to work properly:

JS (from API docs):

var doc = new jsPDF();   

doc.html(document.body, {
   callback: function (doc) {;

You can provide HTML string instead of reference to the DOM element as well.