Gtk# Pdf Viewer

It turns out that creating a pdf viewer on Linux using c# or is very easy. You will need a reference to poppler-sharp.dll.

On ubuntu install the package libpopplier-cil. There is one problem with this package; it does not show up in the reference list in MonoDevelop. So you will need to browse to the dll. On my system it was in\usr\lib\poppler-sharp\poppler-sharp.dll.

For a fully working code example see

First thing you will need to do is declare a poppler document and a variable to keep track of your current page.

private Poppler.Document pdf;
private int pageIndex = 0;

The SetContinuousPageMode function will loop through everypage in the pdf, create a new gtk image to draw on then call the RenderPage function to render the page to the image and draw it to the gtk window.

private void SetContinuousPageMode()
	foreach (Gtk.Widget w in vboxImages.AllChildren)

	for (this.pageIndex = 0; this.pageIndex < pdf.NPages; this.pageIndex++)
		Gdk.Pixbuf pixbuf = new Gdk.Pixbuf (Gdk.Colorspace.Rgb, false, 8, 0, 0);
		Gtk.Image img = new Gtk.Image();
		img.Pixbuf = pixbuf;
		img.Name = "image1";

		//vboxImages.Add (img);
		RenderPage(ref img);


The RenderPage function is the function that actually draws the pdf page to the screen. It will retrieve the page you want and set the size of image being drawn to the size of the pdf page.

private void RenderPage (ref Gtk.Image img) 

	Poppler.Page page = this.pdf.GetPage(this.pageIndex);
	double width=0D;
	double height=0D;
	page.GetSize(out width, out height);

	// It is important to set the image to have the correct size
	img.Pixbuf  = new  Gdk.Pixbuf (Gdk.Colorspace.Rgb, false, 8, (int)width, (int)height);
	Gdk.Pixbuf pixbuf = img.Pixbuf;
	page.RenderToPixbuf(0, 0, (int)width, (int)height, 1.0, 0, pixbuf);
	img.Pixbuf = pixbuf;
	vboxImages.Add (img);		

I plan on using this to do an initial and very basic Gtk# report viewer for My-FyiReporting.

See for a working example.