Create PDF file with custom open actions

article will illustrate how to dynamically generate a PDF file, which will have
the print dialog box automatically popped up when the file is opened in your
web application.

public ModelAndView handleRequestInternal(HttpServletRequest request, HttpServletResponse response) throws Exception {

    //if you have a password
    String pass = getPassword();
    byte[] password = pass.getBytes();
    Document document = new Document();

    String fileLocation = getPath();
    UrlResource pdf = new UrlResource(fileLocation);
    InputStream input = pdf.getInputStream();

    //if you get the file from local
    //InputStream input = new FileInputStream(getPath.());

    //Reads and parses a PDF document.
    PdfReader pdfReader = new PdfReader(input, password);    

    //if you want to generate the PDF file to the local rather than through the browser
    //OutputStream output = new FileOutputStream("c:\\merge.pdf");
    //PdfWriter writer = PdfWriter.getInstance(document, output);

    //using PdfCopy instead of PdfWriter as everything will be copied to an empty document and PdfCopy has addPage() method to copy each page into this new empty document.
    PdfCopy writer = new PdfCopy(document, response.getOutputStream());


    //set up the open actions you want to provide
    writer.setOpenAction(new PdfAction(PdfAction.PRINTDIALOG));;

    //Use this method to get the direct content for this document. It is an alternative comparing to use  writer.addPage(page).
    //PdfContentByte cb = writer.getDirectContent();

    PdfImportedPage page;

    for (int i = 1; i < pdfReader.getNumberOfPages() + 1; i++) {
        //Use this method to get a page from other PDF document.
        page = writer.getImportedPage(pdfReader, i);
        //cb.addTemplate(page, 0, 0);

    response.setHeader("Cache-Control", "no-cache");
    response.setHeader("Pragma", "no-cache");
    response.setDateHeader("Expires", 0);
    return null;


The code also provides the
solution to generate the PDF file to the local rather via browser, which has
been commented.





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