Generate dynamically a signed Pdf with Net Core 5 (C#)

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Do you need to generate a certificate, diploma, or any pdf document signed with your own pfx? Here is a sample of how to do it with Net Core 5.0 using NuGet package iText7

You can download the project from GitHub.

The project includes in a resource file a test certificate generated in Pdf Powertool Website and a PDF Template to add text dynamically using the iText7 NuGet package.

This is the way to initialize your document and assign to a memory stream with IText7 objects (ResourcePDF.template is the demo pdf template added to the resource file) :

MemoryStream template = new MemoryStream(ResourcePDF.template);

 using (MemoryStream output = new MemoryStream())
     PdfReader reader = new PdfReader(template);
     PdfWriter writer = new PdfWriter(output);
     PdfDocument pdf = new PdfDocument(reader, writer);
     Document document = new Document(pdf);

     Paragraph p = new Paragraph("Mr. JOHN DOE");
     p.SetFixedPosition(88, 690, 500);
     p.AddStyle(DefaultFont(18, true));


Once we have the pdf info completed, we are going to sign it (input memory stream) with the pfx (password is needed) using Pkcs12Store and X509Certificate

MemoryStream msPFX = new MemoryStream(ResourcePDF.certificate);

Pkcs12Store pk12 = new Pkcs12Store(msPFX, _Password.ToArray());
string alias = null;
foreach (object a in pk12.Aliases)
    alias = ((string)a);
    if (pk12.IsKeyEntry(alias))
ICipherParameters pk = pk12.GetKey(alias).Key;

Org.BouncyCastle.Pkcs.X509CertificateEntry[] ce = pk12.GetCertificateChain(alias);
Org.BouncyCastle.X509.X509Certificate[] chain = new Org.BouncyCastle.X509.X509Certificate[ce.Length];
for (int k = 0; k < ce.Length; ++k)
   chain[k] = ce[k].Certificate;

using (PdfReader reader = new PdfReader(input))
   using (MemoryStream output = new MemoryStream())
      PdfSigner signer = new PdfSigner(reader, output, new StampingProperties());

      PdfSignatureAppearance appearance = signer.GetSignatureAppearance();
         .SetReason("Certificate is issued at the upon request")

       IExternalSignature pks = new PrivateKeySignature(pk, DigestAlgorithms.SHA256);
       signer.SignDetached(pks, chain, null, null, null, 0, PdfSigner.CryptoStandard.CMS);

The demo console project will generate this demo PDF in your local path (sample is set on “C:\dev)


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