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Node.js & Windows PDF library integration

This guide will help you run PDFTron samples and integrate a free trial of the PDFTron SDK into Node.js projects on Windows. Your free trial includes unlimited trial usage and support from solution engineers.


  • Windows (64-bit)
  • Node.js Version: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
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linkInitial setup

Install the npm package:

npm install @pdftron/pdfnet-node

If your OS or Node.js version is not supported, the installation will fail.

linkRun the samples

  1. Open a command line console
  2. Change the directory to the samples folder
  3. Run all samples:

You can also enter any individual sample folder to run them separately. For example, here's how to run the AddImageTest sample:

cd AddImageTest
node AddImageTest.js

linkIntegrate into your project

You can now import the PDFTron SDK by using the following in your Node.js code:

const { PDFNet } = require('@pdftron/pdfnet-node');

At the end of your code, don't forget to call PDFNet.shutdown(), otherwise your Node.js program will keep hanging.

Here is an example for creating a blank pdf page:

const { PDFNet } = require('@pdftron/pdfnet-node');  // you may need to set up NODE_PATH environment variable to make this work.

const main = async() => {
  const doc = await PDFNet.PDFDoc.create();
  const page = await doc.pageCreate();
  doc.pagePushBack(page);'blank.pdf', PDFNet.SDFDoc.SaveOptions.e_linearized);

// add your own license key as the second parameter, e.g. PDFNet.runWithCleanup(main, 'YOUR_LICENSE_KEY')
PDFNet.runWithCleanup(main).catch(function(error) {
  console.log('Error: ' + JSON.stringify(error));
}).then(function(){ PDFNet.shutdown(); });

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