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Exporting Grid in Server in JavaScript (ES5) Grid control

18 May 2022 / 2 minutes to read

The Grid have an option to export the data to PDF in server side using Grid server export library.

Server dependencies

The Server side export functionality is shipped in the Syncfusion.EJ2.GridExport package, which is available in Essential Studio and following list of dependencies is required for Grid server side PDF exporting action.

  • Syncfusion.EJ2
  • Syncfusion.EJ2.GridExport
  • Syncfusion.Compression.Base
  • Syncfusion.Pdf.Base

Server configuration

The following code snippets shows server configuration using ASP.NET MVC Controller Action.

To Export the Grid in server side, You need to call the serverPdfExport method for passing the Grid properties to server exporting action.

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public ActionResult PdfExport(string gridModel)
GridPdfExport exp = new GridPdfExport();
Grid gridProperty = ConvertGridObject(gridModel);
return exp.PdfExport<OrdersDetails>(gridProperty, OrdersDetails.GetAllRecords());

private Grid ConvertGridObject(string gridProperty)
Grid GridModel = (Grid)Newtonsoft.Json.JsonConvert.DeserializeObject(gridProperty, typeof(Grid));
GridColumnModel cols = (GridColumnModel)Newtonsoft.Json.JsonConvert.DeserializeObject(gridProperty, typeof(GridColumnModel));
GridModel.Columns = cols.columns;
return GridModel;
public class GridColumnModel
public List<GridColumn> columns { get; set; }
public ActionResult DataSource(DataManager dm)
var DataSource = OrderRepository.GetAllRecords();
DataResult result = new DataResult();
result.result = DataSource.Skip(dm.Skip).Take(dm.Take).ToList();
result.count = result.result.Count;
return Json(result, JsonRequestBehavior.AllowGet);
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import { Grid, Toolbar } from '@syncfusion/ej2-grids';
import { DataManager, UrlAdaptor } from '@syncfusion/ej2-data';

let data: DataManager = new DataManager({
url: "Home/DataSource",
adaptor: new UrlAdaptor

let grid: Grid = new Grid({
dataSource: data,
toolbar: ['PdfExport'],
columns: [
    { field: 'OrderID', headerText: 'Order ID', textAlign: 'Right', width: 100 },
    { field: 'CustomerID', headerText: 'Customer ID', width: 120 },
    { field: 'Freight', headerText: 'Freight', textAlign: 'Right', width: 120, format: 'C2' },
    { field: 'ShipCountry', headerText: 'Ship Country', width: 150 }
height: 265

grid.toolbarClick = (args: Object) => {
if (args['item'].id === 'Grid_pdfexport') {

Note: Refer to the GitHub sample for quick implementation and testing from here.