How Can I Convert My HTML Form Into a PDF Using Scripting?


Angela Bailey

HTML Form to PDF Conversion Using Scripting


Converting an HTML form into a PDF document can be a useful feature for many web applications. It allows users to save and share data in a more secure and portable format.

In this tutorial, we will explore how to achieve this using scripting. With the help of scripting languages like JavaScript or PHP, you can easily convert your HTML form into a PDF document.


Before we begin, make sure you have basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, and either JavaScript or PHP. Additionally, you need to have a server environment set up to run server-side scripts if you choose to use PHP.

Steps to Convert an HTML Form Into a PDF:

Step 1: Create the HTML Form

Firstly, create your HTML form with all the necessary input fields, buttons, and other elements you require. Make sure each input field has a unique name attribute assigned.

Step 2: Include the Required Libraries or Dependencies

To convert an HTML form into a PDF, you’ll need to include the necessary libraries or dependencies that provide functions for generating PDFs from HTML content. There are several options available such as jsPDF for JavaScript or TCPDF for PHP.

In JavaScript:

  • jsPDF: Download and include the jsPDF library by adding the following script tag in your HTML file:
    <script src=""></script>


  • TCPDF: Download and include the TCPDF library. You can either download it from the official website or use a package manager like Composer to install it in your project.

Step 3: Write the Conversion Script

Now, let’s write the script that will handle the conversion process. This script will capture the form data, generate a PDF document, and save or display it to the user.

In JavaScript:

// Get form data using JavaScript
var formData = new FormData(document.getElementById('yourFormId'));

// Create an empty jsPDF instance
var doc = new jsPDF();

// Iterate over each form field and add it to the PDF
formData.forEach(function(value, key){
    doc.text(key + ': ' + value, 10, 10);

// Save or display the PDF document'form.pdf');


// Include TCPDF library

// Create new PDF document
$pdf = new TCPDF();

// Get form data using PHP
$formData = $_POST;

// Iterate over each form field and add it to the PDF
foreach ($formData as $key => $value) {
    $pdf->Cell(0, 10, $key . ': ' . $value, 0, 1);

// Save or display the PDF document
$pdf->Output('form.pdf', 'D');

Step 4: Link Script with HTML Form Submission

To trigger the conversion script when the user submits the HTML form, you need to link it with the form’s submit event.

In JavaScript:

document.getElementById('yourFormId').addEventListener('submit', function(event) {
    event.preventDefault(); // Prevent form submission

    // Your conversion script here

In PHP, you can include the conversion script in the file handling the form submission.


By following the steps outlined in this tutorial, you can easily convert an HTML form into a PDF document using scripting. Whether you prefer JavaScript or PHP, there are libraries available to help you achieve this functionality.

Remember to include proper error handling and validation to ensure a smooth user experience. Experiment with different libraries and customization options to fit your specific requirements.


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