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Render PDF via application process

scott.wesley Guru
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I'm using Anton's as_pdf3 package to generate a PDF


I've had success using a privileged process and using this

htp.p('<div style="">');
htp.p('<embed height="550px" width="450px" name="statement" ');
htp.p(' src="SAGE.WS_RENDER_PDF_INSTRUCTIONS?p_plug_id='||:P7_PLUG_ID||'"');
htp.p(' type="application/pdf" />');

And the procedure generates a PDF nicely - well, my formatting could use work...


But inspired by a need, and ideas from this blog, I thought I might be able to avoid wwv_flow_epg_include_mod_local, ie be able to accomplish this on


1) Create region with staticID "renderPDF", using template 'div region with id'


2) Create onLoad dynamic action, executing this JavaScript

var get = new htmldb_Get(null,&APP_ID.,'APPLICATION_PROCESS=renderPDF',&APP_PAGE_ID.);
get = null;


3) That calls this onDemand application process "renderPDF":

htp.p('<div style="">');
htp.p('<embed height="550px" width="450px" name="statement" ');
htp.p(' src="');
htp.p('" type="application/pdf" />');


I've made a few variations of this but since the procedure ends with, it doesn't matter what is surrounding the procedure call.

  OWA_UTIL.MIME_HEADER('application/pdf', FALSE);
  HTP.P ('Content-length: '||DBMS_LOB.GETLENGTH(l_lob));


But it outputs raw PDF

<div id="renderPDF" style="width:500px;" class="">%PDF-1.3
1 0 obj

(chrome says it's surrounded by double quotes)


Can anyone see what I'm doing wrong? Is there a variation of the JavaScript that I should be using instead? A better way...?





  • 1. Re: Render PDF via application process
    jrimblas Expert
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    I'm not sure what's wrong, lots of moving parts.  Here's something you might like, but may not address the embedded problem you have.

    I like this technique instead of grating execute to a procedure.

    Instead of calling the package to get the PDF you call an APEX page:


    htp.p('<div style="">');  
    htp.p('<embed height="550px" width="450px" name="statement" ');  
    htp.p(' src="f?p=&APP_ID.:200:&SESSION.::::P200_ID:'|| :P7_PLUG_ID||'"');  
    htp.p(' type="application/pdf" />');  


    Here p200 is used for downloading the PDF.  The page only has a "Generate PDF Download" process "On Load: Before Header"

    The code something like this:


    WS_RENDER_PDF_INSTRUCTIONS(p_plug_id => :P200_ID);


    You make sure you do your owa_util.mime_header call in the package and download the PDF (or any blob really).

    I like this because no grants are needed. PLUS APEX security still applies.  ONLY those authenticated to the app can run p200, plus you can add Authorization Schemes to the page.

    I do se the template of the page to something simple like PopUp page, BUT it doesn't matter because the page template never downloads. The stop_apex_engine call takes care of that.


    Hope this helps.



  • 2. Re: Render PDF via application process
    scott.wesley Guru
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    Ahh, I've seen that technique before - this is a great implementation of it - thanks Jorge!


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