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I'm trying to convert a outlook message file i.e. .msg file to a .pdf file using PDFsharp library. Now, my goal is to make the pdf file looking identical to the msg file even if has tables, images or colored/formatted text. But my code is not doing that properly.

What I have tried:

public static void ConvertMsgToPdf(string msgFilePath, string pdfFilePath)
			// Load the Outlook email
			Application outlookApp = new Application();
			MailItem mailItem = (MailItem)outlookApp.CreateItemFromTemplate(msgFilePath);

			// Create a new PDF document
			PdfDocument document = new PdfDocument();

			// Create a new PDF page
			PdfPage page = document.AddPage();

			// Create a new PDF graphics object
			XGraphics gfx = XGraphics.FromPdfPage(page);

			// Handle tables in the email body
			Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook.Inspector inspector = mailItem.GetInspector as Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook.Inspector;
			if (inspector != null)
				Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word.Document document2 = inspector.WordEditor as Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word.Document;
				if (document2 != null)
					foreach (Microsoft.Office.Interop.Word.Table table in document2.Tables)
						for (int row = 1; row <= table.Rows.Count; row++)
							for (int col = 1; col <= table.Columns.Count; col++)
								string cellText = table.Cell(row, col).Range.Text;
								gfx.DrawString(cellText, new XFont("Arial", 12), XBrushes.Black, new XRect(col * 100, row * 20, 100, 20), XStringFormats.TopLeft);

			// Handle text in the email body
			string[] lines = mailItem.Body.Split(new[] { "\r\n", "\r", "\n" }, StringSplitOptions.None);
			for (int i = 0; i < lines.Length; i++)
				gfx.DrawString(lines[i], new XFont("Arial", 12), XBrushes.Black, new XRect(0, i * 20, page.Width, 20), XStringFormats.TopLeft);

			// Handle images in the email body
			foreach (Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook.Attachment attachment in mailItem.Attachments)
				if (attachment.Type == Microsoft.Office.Interop.Outlook.OlAttachmentType.olByValue)
					string fileName = Path.Combine(Path.GetTempPath(), attachment.FileName);

					XImage image = XImage.FromFile(fileName);
					gfx.DrawImage(image, new XRect(0, 0, page.Width, page.Height));

			// Save the document

Can anyone help me with this ?
Note: If there is any other open source library that can get this done I'm open to it as well. Also, I want to show the sender info and subject of the email at the top as well in the pdf.
Richard MacCutchan 13-May-23 12:46pm    
Why not just use the built-in "Microsoft Print to PDF"?
Member 12692000 13-May-23 12:54pm    
I want to add this feature in my app.
mtoha 17-May-23 6:38am    
I am using PDFsharp and this lib generates error. For free library, as far as I know, there are few library for PDF you can search at nugget. For free library, usually for GPU lisence, not for business or propietary application.

1 solution

As far as i know there's no exact method to write mail message to *.pdf via PDFSharp library. But! there's a workaround...

To able to achieve that you have to:
- convert/save mail message as rtf (see: MailItem.SaveAs method (Outlook) | Microsoft Learn[^]), then
- open that *.rtf in RichTextBox and
- write the lines of RichTextBox to pdf.

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