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How to Add a PDF Download for Posts in WordPress

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Do you want to add a PDF download for your WordPress posts? Recently one of our readers asked if there was an easy way to turn WordPress posts into PDF. In this article, we will show you how to add a PDF download for posts in WordPress.

Adding PDF download option for WordPress posts

Why Add a PDF Download Option for Posts in WordPress?

PDF allows you to share documents among different devices and operating systems.

It ensures that the contents of document are printed in the same way on different platforms. This makes PDF files ideal for printing documents.

A PDF download option with your posts allow users to save your content on their computers and print it when they want.

Some types of content are printed more frequently like recipes, music sheets, mathematical equations, etc.

You can also use the PDF download to create content upgrades for your posts to grow your email list.

Having said that, let’s see how you can add a PDF download for WordPress posts.

Adding PDF Download Option for WordPress Posts

First thing you need to do is install and activate the WP Advanced PDF plugin. For more details, see our step by step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, you need to visit Settings » WP Advanced PDF page to configure the plugin settings.

Advanced PDF settings

First you need to select where you want to display the PDF download option. Front-end (your website’s public area) or in the admin dashboard.

Under the availability section, you can select whether you want downloads to be available for everyone or just registered users.

Next, click on the General tab to expand it. There you can select post types, file name formats, and other general settings.

Under the button positioning section, you can select the button alignment and placement. You can use the default button that comes with the plugin, or you can upload your own button image.

Body, Header, and Footer sections allow you to fine tune these sections of your PDF downloads. You can add custom text, choose fonts, add custom CSS, etc.

WP Advanced PDF also comes with watermarking feature. This allows you to add watermark on your PDF files to protect them from unauthorized distribution.

This plugin offers a comprehensive set of options. The default options would work for most websites, but you can review them and adjust them as needed.

Don’t forget to click on the save changes button to store your plugin settings.

You can now visit any single post on your website, and you will see a PDF download icon. Clicking on it will start the PDF download.

PDF Download

We hope this article helped you add a PDF download option for posts in WordPress. You may also want to see our comparison of the 5 best WordPress membership plugins.

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    • WPBeginner Support says

      You would want to reach out to the plugin’s support for the current options available


  2. Soumik Sadman Anwar says

    Hi, I would like to use it for growing email list for my website in a way like website visitors will have to provide their name and email address to download a post in pdf.

    The download option would be attached to the subscription box (like “Download” in CTA instead of “Subscribe”).

    Is there any way of doing it?

  3. George says

    Hello, thank you for this article.
    Is it work only for English language ? I tried it for Russian, Georgian and get “?” instead of letters. Can I fix it somehow ?
    Thank you

  4. Ray says

    this plug-in only seems to want to send the PDF through email, it doesn’t actually offer to let the users download the content to their computer ?

  5. Ellen says

    Great article. I’m looking for a plugin that allows users to add a pdf generated from a web page to a portfolio/cart/book as they go through the website and then print just one file at the end. Do you know how this could be done or if there is a plugin that does what I need?


  6. Noor Nisa says

    Thanks for your support WP beginner. It’s really a helpful article for me. But I don’t want “Download PDF” button on every post. I’d like to choose some posts, on which I would like to help peoples with PDF.

  7. Anam says

    This feature (WP advanced PDF settings) is not available in my dashboard. What can i do?
    how can i link my facebook page to my wordpress website?

  8. Nergis Parikh says

    Thanks for this post. Is there a way to get someone to either give their email or to share on FB, Twitter etc before they are allowed to download a pdf version?

  9. ali says

    unfortunately this plugin does not support RTL languages such as persian or arabic.
    I dont know what should I do :(

    • WPBeginner Support says

      The plugin authors released a new version of the plugin with RTL support. You can select the RTL option from the body section on plugin’s settings page. Additionally, you can click on the Advanced tab to upload your own font to be used with the PDF. You can collaborate with plugin authors and help them troubleshoot any issues you may come across.


  10. Rodwell Smith says


    Thank you! This article is wonderfully filled with wonder! And not a moment too soon either. Each time I needed the solution I did a quick search but had to do some other type workaround.

    Hate to be short, but this “how to” I do right away.

  11. Viraj Maheshwari says

    Kindly Check properly before reposting old articles. This plugin has not been updated for last two years shows warning in wordpress repository. So please verify correct plugin updates and repost or provide link of latest stable plugin

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