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How to Download Webpage as PDF (Beginner Tutorial)

Updated September 12, 2023
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In the age of digital information, there often arises a need to capture and save web content for offline use, reference, or sharing. Downloading and saving a webpage or web pages as PDF files is a convenient way to preserve the content and structure of a webpage in a portable format.

In this article, we'll guide you through the process of downloading a webpage as a PDF for free using two easy methods: using a browser's built-in functionality and the "HTML to PDF" online tool from Soda PDF, and then introduce you to IronPDF as an alternative solution to achieve this task programmatically.

Web Browser - Built-in Functionality

Most modern web browsers come with a built-in feature that allows you to save webpages as PDFs without the need for additional tools or extensions.

Download a Webpage as a PDF Using Browser Built-in Functionality

Here's how to download a web page using a web browser:

Step 1: Open the Web Page

Launch your preferred web browser and navigate to the webpage you want to save as a PDF. Some popular web browser choices include Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge.

Figure 1 - The homepage of the Iron Software website.

Step 2: Access the Print Dialog

Once you're on the webpage, press "Ctrl + P" (or "Command + P" on Mac) to open the print dialog. Alternatively, you can access it through the browser's menu by clicking on the three vertical dots in the top-right corner and selecting "Print." The print pop-up window will be displayed as below:

Figure 2 - The print dialogue, shown over the Iron Software homepage.

Step 3: Choose the Destination

In the print window dialog, under the "Destination" section, click on the drop-down menu and select "Microsoft Print to PDF" or "Save as PDF" from the list of available printers. You can also select the page range to save web pages according to your needs.

Figure 3 - The destination section dropdown in the print dialogue.

Step 4: Customize Settings

You can customize various settings, such as page layout, paper size, and margins, to fit your preferences. Make sure to set the page size and layout options appropriately for the content you want to capture. With Microsoft Print to PDF, you can choose the color (Black and White/Color) of the output PDF documents. Click on more settings to further set the pages per sheet, scale, headers and footers, and background graphics.

Figure 4 - The custom settings section in the print dialogue.

Step 5: Save the PDF File

Click the "Print" button, and it will present you with a save print output dialog. Choose a location on your computer to save the PDF and give it a name. Click "Save," and the webpage will be converted to a PDF and saved to the specified location.

Figure 5 - The save dialogue, where the name Iron Software Webpage has been added.

Now you have successfully downloaded the webpage as a PDF using your browser's built-in functionality.

HTML to PDF - SodaPDF

If you prefer a more versatile method that doesn't rely on your browser, you can use the "HTML to PDF" online tool from Soda PDF.

Download a Webpage as a PDF Using the "HTML to PDF" Online Tool from Soda PDF

Here's how:

Step 1: Visit the Soda PDF Website

Open your web browser and visit the Soda PDF website. You can find this tool at www.sodapdf.com/html-to-pdf/ or search in the online tools menu bar.

Figure 6 - The SodaPDF website, with a field to convert HTML to PDF.

Step 2: Enter the Webpage URL

In the provided field on the webpage, enter the URL of the webpage you want to convert to PDF.

Figure 7 - The SodaPDF website, with a URL added in the HTML to PDF field.

Step 3: Convert to PDF

After entering the URL, click the "Get PDF" button. The tool will process the webpage and generate a PDF version.

Figure 8 - The SodaPDF website with an HTML to PDF conversion in progress.

Step 4: Download the PDF

Once the conversion is complete, the tool will provide a link to download the PDF. Click on the link to save the PDF file to your computer.

Figure 9 - The SodaPDF showing Your file is ready! with a download button.

Introducing IronPDF

While browser built-in functionality and online tools like "HTML to PDF" from Soda PDF are convenient options for downloading webpages as PDFs, they may not provide the advanced features and flexibility that some users require. If you need a more powerful solution, you might consider IronPDF.

IronPDF is a versatile PDF manipulation tool that offers the ability to capture and save webpages as PDFs. It can be used both as a standalone desktop application and integrated into your web application using the IronPDF API. Additionally, IronPDF is compatible with both Windows and Mac operating systems.

How to Download a Webpage as a PDF Using IronPDF

To download a webpage as a PDF format using IronPDF, follow these steps:

Step 1: Install IronPDF

Download and install IronPDF from the official website or download and install it from NuGet Package Manager via Visual Studio.

Step 2: Import IronPdf and Render URL as PDF

Import the IronPDF library and instantiate ChromePDFRenderer. IronPDF also provides ChromePDFRenderer options to customize the URL capture, including page layout, margin, and orientation of PDF pages. Then, IronPDF captures the webpage as a PDF using the RenderUrlAsPdf method.

    using IronPdf;

    ChromePdfRenderer renderer = new ChromePdfRenderer()
    {
        RenderingOptions = new ChromePdfRenderOptions
          {
            CssMediaType = IronPdf.Rendering.PdfCssMediaType.Screen,
            PrintHtmlBackgrounds = true,
            EnableJavaScript = true,
            GrayScale = false,
            PaperOrientation = IronPdf.Rendering.PdfPaperOrientation.Portrait,
            PaperSize = IronPdf.Rendering.PdfPaperSize.A4,
            MarginTop = 0,
            MarginBottom = 0,
            MarginLeft = 0,
            MarginRight = 0,
            UseMarginsOnHeaderAndFooter = IronPdf.UseMargins.None,
         }
    };
    renderer.RenderingOptions.PaperFit.UseChromeDefaultRendering();

    var pdf = renderer.RenderUrlAsPdf("https://ironpdf.com/");
    using IronPdf;

    ChromePdfRenderer renderer = new ChromePdfRenderer()
    {
        RenderingOptions = new ChromePdfRenderOptions
          {
            CssMediaType = IronPdf.Rendering.PdfCssMediaType.Screen,
            PrintHtmlBackgrounds = true,
            EnableJavaScript = true,
            GrayScale = false,
            PaperOrientation = IronPdf.Rendering.PdfPaperOrientation.Portrait,
            PaperSize = IronPdf.Rendering.PdfPaperSize.A4,
            MarginTop = 0,
            MarginBottom = 0,
            MarginLeft = 0,
            MarginRight = 0,
            UseMarginsOnHeaderAndFooter = IronPdf.UseMargins.None,
         }
    };
    renderer.RenderingOptions.PaperFit.UseChromeDefaultRendering();

    var pdf = renderer.RenderUrlAsPdf("https://ironpdf.com/");
Imports IronPdf

	Private renderer As New ChromePdfRenderer() With {
		.RenderingOptions = New ChromePdfRenderOptions With {
			.CssMediaType = IronPdf.Rendering.PdfCssMediaType.Screen,
			.PrintHtmlBackgrounds = True,
			.EnableJavaScript = True,
			.GrayScale = False,
			.PaperOrientation = IronPdf.Rendering.PdfPaperOrientation.Portrait,
			.PaperSize = IronPdf.Rendering.PdfPaperSize.A4,
			.MarginTop = 0,
			.MarginBottom = 0,
			.MarginLeft = 0,
			.MarginRight = 0,
			.UseMarginsOnHeaderAndFooter = IronPdf.UseMargins.None
		}
	}
	renderer.RenderingOptions.PaperFit.UseChromeDefaultRendering()

	Dim pdf = renderer.RenderUrlAsPdf("https://ironpdf.com/")
VB   C#

Step 3: Save as PDF

Now, using the SaveAs method, you can easily save the rendered URL webpage to PDF.

    pdf.SaveAs("example.pdf");
    pdf.SaveAs("example.pdf");
pdf.SaveAs("example.pdf")
VB   C#

Here is the output:

Figure 10 - The IronPDF website, as a multipage PDF.

Conclusion

Downloading a webpage and saving pages as a PDF for free is a practical way to preserve web content, whether it's for reference, archiving, or sharing with others. With the built-in features of modern web browsers, online tools like "HTML to PDF" from Soda PDF, and the advanced capabilities of IronPDF, you have convenient and accessible options to save web content in a portable and easily shareable format.

IronPDF simplifies webpage-to-PDF conversion with high quality, customization options, and batch processing. It handles complex HTML content, integrates into your workflow, and offers security features. IronPDF is a versatile and user-friendly tool for converting webpages to PDFs efficiently.

If you want to use IronPDF in your project, you can get a commercial license starting at $749 for a single developer. There's also a free trial with full features and support, so you can test it out before buying. If you decide to purchase a license, there are different options available, including ones for multiple developers and larger enterprises. You can download the software from here.

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