How to add header and footer in iTextSharp

When you wish to display the page number and a title on every page, you need to make use of the PageEvents from the iTextSharp document settings. Create a class called: ITextEvents.cs with the following structure:

public class ITextEvents : PdfPageEventHelper

        // This is the contentbyte object of the writer
        PdfContentByte cb;

        // we will put the final number of pages in a template
        PdfTemplate headerTemplate, footerTemplate;

        // this is the BaseFont we are going to use for the header / footer
        BaseFont bf = null;

        // This keeps track of the creation time
        DateTime PrintTime = DateTime.Now;

        #region Fields
        private string _header;

        #region Properties
        public string Header
            get { return _header; }
            set { _header = value; }

        public override void OnOpenDocument(PdfWriter writer, Document document)
                PrintTime = DateTime.Now;
                bf = BaseFont.CreateFont(BaseFont.HELVETICA, BaseFont.CP1252, BaseFont.NOT_EMBEDDED);
                cb = writer.DirectContent;
                headerTemplate = cb.CreateTemplate(100, 100);
                footerTemplate = cb.CreateTemplate(50, 50);
            catch (DocumentException de)

            catch (System.IO.IOException ioe)


        public override void OnEndPage(iTextSharp.text.pdf.PdfWriter writer, iTextSharp.text.Document document)
            base.OnEndPage(writer, document);

            iTextSharp.text.Font baseFontNormal = new iTextSharp.text.Font(iTextSharp.text.Font.FontFamily.HELVETICA, 12f, iTextSharp.text.Font.NORMAL, iTextSharp.text.BaseColor.BLACK);

            iTextSharp.text.Font baseFontBig = new iTextSharp.text.Font(iTextSharp.text.Font.FontFamily.HELVETICA, 12f, iTextSharp.text.Font.BOLD, iTextSharp.text.BaseColor.BLACK);

            Phrase p1Header = new Phrase("Sample Header Here", baseFontNormal);

            //Create PdfTable object
            PdfPTable pdfTab = new PdfPTable(3);

            //We will have to create separate cells to include image logo and 2 separate strings
            //Row 1
            PdfPCell pdfCell1 = new PdfPCell();
            PdfPCell pdfCell2 = new PdfPCell(p1Header);
            PdfPCell pdfCell3 = new PdfPCell();
            String text = "Page " + writer.PageNumber + " of ";

            //Add paging to header
                cb.SetFontAndSize(bf, 12);
                cb.SetTextMatrix(document.PageSize.GetRight(200), document.PageSize.GetTop(45));
                float len = bf.GetWidthPoint(text, 12);
                //Adds "12" in Page 1 of 12
                cb.AddTemplate(headerTemplate, document.PageSize.GetRight(200) + len, document.PageSize.GetTop(45));
            //Add paging to footer
                cb.SetFontAndSize(bf, 12);
                cb.SetTextMatrix(document.PageSize.GetRight(180), document.PageSize.GetBottom(30));
                float len = bf.GetWidthPoint(text, 12);
                cb.AddTemplate(footerTemplate, document.PageSize.GetRight(180) + len, document.PageSize.GetBottom(30));
            //Row 2
            PdfPCell pdfCell4 = new PdfPCell(new Phrase("Sub Header Description", baseFontNormal));
            //Row 3

            PdfPCell pdfCell5 = new PdfPCell(new Phrase("Date:" + PrintTime.ToShortDateString(), baseFontBig));
            PdfPCell pdfCell6 = new PdfPCell();
            PdfPCell pdfCell7 = new PdfPCell(new Phrase("TIME:" + string.Format("{0:t}", DateTime.Now), baseFontBig));

            //set the alignment of all three cells and set border to 0
            pdfCell1.HorizontalAlignment = Element.ALIGN_CENTER;
            pdfCell2.HorizontalAlignment = Element.ALIGN_CENTER;
            pdfCell3.HorizontalAlignment = Element.ALIGN_CENTER;
            pdfCell4.HorizontalAlignment = Element.ALIGN_CENTER;
            pdfCell5.HorizontalAlignment = Element.ALIGN_CENTER;
            pdfCell6.HorizontalAlignment = Element.ALIGN_CENTER;
            pdfCell7.HorizontalAlignment = Element.ALIGN_CENTER;

            pdfCell2.VerticalAlignment = Element.ALIGN_BOTTOM;
            pdfCell3.VerticalAlignment = Element.ALIGN_MIDDLE;
            pdfCell4.VerticalAlignment = Element.ALIGN_TOP;
            pdfCell5.VerticalAlignment = Element.ALIGN_MIDDLE;
            pdfCell6.VerticalAlignment = Element.ALIGN_MIDDLE;
            pdfCell7.VerticalAlignment = Element.ALIGN_MIDDLE;

            pdfCell4.Colspan = 3;

            pdfCell1.Border = 0;
            pdfCell2.Border = 0;
            pdfCell3.Border = 0;
            pdfCell4.Border = 0;
            pdfCell5.Border = 0;
            pdfCell6.Border = 0;
            pdfCell7.Border = 0;

            //add all three cells into PdfTable

            pdfTab.TotalWidth = document.PageSize.Width - 80f;
            pdfTab.WidthPercentage = 70;
            //pdfTab.HorizontalAlignment = Element.ALIGN_CENTER;

            //call WriteSelectedRows of PdfTable. This writes rows from PdfWriter in PdfTable
            //first param is start row. -1 indicates there is no end row and all the rows to be included to write
            //Third and fourth param is x and y position to start writing
            pdfTab.WriteSelectedRows(0, -1, 40, document.PageSize.Height - 30, writer.DirectContent);
            //set pdfContent value

            //Move the pointer and draw line to separate header section from rest of page
            cb.MoveTo(40, document.PageSize.Height - 100);
            cb.LineTo(document.PageSize.Width - 40, document.PageSize.Height - 100);

            //Move the pointer and draw line to separate footer section from rest of page
            cb.MoveTo(40, document.PageSize.GetBottom(50) );
            cb.LineTo(document.PageSize.Width - 40, document.PageSize.GetBottom(50));

        public override void OnCloseDocument(PdfWriter writer, Document document)
            base.OnCloseDocument(writer, document);

            headerTemplate.SetFontAndSize(bf, 12);
            headerTemplate.SetTextMatrix(0, 0);
            headerTemplate.ShowText((writer.PageNumber - 1).ToString());

            footerTemplate.SetFontAndSize(bf, 12);
            footerTemplate.SetTextMatrix(0, 0);
            footerTemplate.ShowText((writer.PageNumber - 1).ToString());


The calling function looks like this:

private void CreatePDF()
            string fileName = string.Empty;

            DateTime fileCreationDatetime = DateTime.Now;

            fileName = string.Format("{0}.pdf", fileCreationDatetime.ToString(@"yyyyMMdd") + "_" + fileCreationDatetime.ToString(@"HHmmss"));

            string pdfPath = Server.MapPath(@"~PDFs") +   fileName;

            using (FileStream msReport = new FileStream(pdfPath, FileMode.Create))
                //step 1
                using (Document pdfDoc = new Document(PageSize.A4, 10f, 10f, 140f, 10f))
                        // step 2
                        PdfWriter pdfWriter = PdfWriter.GetInstance(pdfDoc, msReport);
                        pdfWriter.PageEvent = new Common.ITextEvents();

                        //open the stream

                        for (int i = 0; i < 10; i++)
                            Paragraph para = new Paragraph("Hello world. Checking Header Footer", new Font(Font.FontFamily.HELVETICA, 22));

                            para.Alignment = Element.ALIGN_CENTER;




                    catch (Exception ex)
                        //handle exception





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