I use LWC components in Customer Community. There is datatable component with records and I implemented the function to export selected records in .csv and .pdf.

csv works fine, but I experience the next issue when downloading the file as pdf: enter image description here

Here is the code I use to create and download the file:


handleExportAction(evt) {
    const selectedFormat = evt.detail.value;
    try {
        let _file;
        let _type;
        switch (selectedFormat) {
            case 'csv':
                _file = parseToCSV(this.columns, this.selectedRows);
                _type = 'text/html';
            case 'pdf':
                _file = parseToPDF(this.columns, this.selectedRows);
                _type = 'application/pdf';
                _file = undefined;
                _type = undefined;
        downloadDataAsFile('Subscription Overview.' + selectedFormat, _type, _file);
    } catch(e) {

service.js - parse&donwloadFile functions

const parseToPDF = (tableCols, rows) => {
    let cols = [];
    tableCols.filter(el => cols.push('<th>' + el.label));

    let fileData = '<html><head>';
    fileData += '<title>Subscription Overview</title>';
    fileData += '<body><table>';
    fileData += '<tr>';
    fileData += cols.map(col => col).join('</th>') + '</th>';
    fileData += '</tr>';
    fileData += '<tr>';
    fileData += '<td>Test Data</td>';
    fileData += '</tr>';
    fileData += '</body></html>';
    console.log('file: ' + fileData);

    return fileData;

const downloadDataAsFile = (name, type, data) => {
var file = new Blob([data], { type: type });
if (window.navigator.msSaveOrOpenBlob) { // IE10+
    window.navigator.msSaveOrOpenBlob(file, filename);
} else { // Others
    var a = document.createElement("a"),
        url = URL.createObjectURL(file);
    a.href = url;
    a.download = name;
    setTimeout(function () {
    }, 0);

The body (fileData) variable is for testing purposes, I tried other options but the result was the same.

Probably the issue is in contentType which I set as application/pdf?

I did not find any limitations related to creating pdf files with js. Did someone experienced this issue before?

Thanks in advance.

2 Answers 2


HTML is not a valid PDF content, this is why you can't open the generated file.

Because of the complexity of the PDF specification, I would recommend using existing javascript libraries like pdfkit or use APIs to generate PDFs.

  • pdfkit is not a suitable solution. I tried jsPDF, it works but the downloaded pdf file cannot be open. There is an error: Failed to load PDF document. So, I`m looking for other solutions.
    – m_konyk
    Commented Apr 9, 2019 at 11:45

As per other answer, you need to correctly generate PDF.

It's easier to create Visual Force page with renderAs="pdf" and pass the arguments of rendering to VF page (e.g. a set of IDs). You can force it to download using header Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=filename.pdf'.

  • Erm, yes it does provide the answer?
    – vladykx
    Commented Apr 5, 2019 at 15:19
  • is there any reference for this solution?
    – Cloud Man
    Commented Dec 13, 2020 at 22:43

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