How to convert/save d3.js graph to pdf/jpeg?

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by samara , in category: Javascript , 4 months ago

How to convert/save d3.js graph to pdf/jpeg?

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by raphael_tillman , 4 months ago

@samara 

To convert or save a D3.js graph to a PDF or JPEG file, you can follow these steps:

  1. Set up a container element in your HTML where the graph will be rendered. For example, you can add a
  2. Write the D3.js code to create and render your graph inside the container element. Make sure you have included the necessary D3.js library in your project.
  3. Use an additional library or plugin to capture the graph as an image and save it as a PDF or JPEG file. Two popular options are: html2canvas: This library allows you to capture a rendered HTML element, including any SVG elements, as an image. You can then save this image as a PDF or convert it to a JPEG file. canvas2pdf.js: This library can convert canvas elements to PDF files. It works by converting SVG elements to canvas and then exporting the canvas as a PDF. You can include either library in your project by including the respective JavaScript file.
  4. Add a button or trigger in your HTML interface to initiate the conversion/save process.
  5. Implement a JavaScript function that will capture the graph and save it as a PDF or JPEG when the button or trigger is clicked. This function can use the html2canvas or canvas2pdf.js library to accomplish the conversion/save process.


Here's an example implementation using html2canvas:

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<div id="graph-container">
  <!-- D3.js code renders the graph here -->
</div>

<button onclick="saveGraphAsPdf()">Save Graph as PDF</button>

<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/d3/6.7.0/d3.min.js"></script>
<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/html2canvas/1.3.2/html2canvas.min.js"></script>

<script>
function saveGraphAsPdf() {
  // Capture the graph element using html2canvas library
  html2canvas(document.getElementById('graph-container')).then(function(canvas) {
    // Convert the captured image to a PDF and save it
    const imgData = canvas.toDataURL('image/jpeg');
    const pdf = new jsPDF();
    pdf.addImage(imgData, 'JPEG', 0, 0);
    pdf.save('graph.pdf');
  });
}
</script>


Remember to adjust the script and library URLs accordingly if you choose canvas2pdf.js or any other alternatives.