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The PDF file is NOT Created - Wrong filePath

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Recently, RNHTMLtoPDF.convert() stopped doing anything! No error is provided, and the file is not created. However, I noticed that the filePath, which it uses does NOT actually exist (to the best of my knowledge.) This occurs on Android. I have not, yet, tried it on iOS.


buildToolsVersion = "30.0.2" 
minSdkVersion = 21 		
compileSdkVersion = 30 	
targetSdkVersion = 30 		
ndkVersion = "21.4.7075529" 

googlePlayServicesAuthVersion = "19.2.0" 
kotlinVersion = "1.6.0" 

My code:

if (Platform.OS === "android") {
	directoryPath = "Download"; 
else {
	directoryPath = "Documents"; 

const _createPDF = async () => {
	try {
		let file = await RNHTMLtoPDF.convert({
			html: htmlContents,
			fileName: "myFileName",
			directory: directoryPath, 
		console.log("PDF - file.filePath:", file.filePath, ); // results in the following path: 
		// /storage/emulated/0/Android/data/<myAppName>/files/Download/myFileName.pdf"
		// it should be: /storage/emulated/0/Download/myFileName.pdf
	catch (err) {
		console.log("PDF - inside _createPDF - catch - err:", err, ); 
try {
	await _createPDF(); 
	console.log("PDF - after calling _createPDF successfully"); // <<<<<<<<< The code reaches this point with no errors
catch (err) {
	console.log("PDF - after calling _createPDF - catch - err:", err, ); 


"react-native": "0.66.4",
"react-native-html-to-pdf": "^0.12.0",

Issue Analytics

  • State:open
  • Created 2 years ago
  • Reactions:2
  • Comments:7

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Allsterncommented, Apr 14, 2022

If you guys still have an issue concerning the file path and the pdf not getting created in the appropriate folder. I have found a work around.

Go directly to the source code in your node module react-native-html-pdf -> android -> com -> christopherdro -> htmltopdf -> In the convert() function change this code block

File path = (Environment.MEDIA_MOUNTED.equals(state)) ?
          new File(mReactContext.getExternalFilesDir(null), options.getString(DIRECTORY)) :
          new File(mReactContext.getFilesDir(), options.getString(DIRECTORY));


File path = new File(Environment.getExternalStoragePublicDirectory(Environment.DIRECTORY_DOCUMENTS), options.getString(DIRECTORY));

And that should change the file path to the appropriate location inside your emulator/device.

Prat1143commented, Feb 18, 2022

Facing the same problem. Path is showing - /storage/emulated/0/Android/data/com.reactnative/files/Documents/test.pdf But no file is being generated.

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