How to add text as a header or footer?

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I'm creating a pdf with iText 5 and want to add a footer. I did everything like the book "iText in action" says. There are no errors but the footer doesn't show up. Can somebody tell me what I'm doing wrong?

class MyFooter extends PdfPageEventHelper {
    public void onEndPage(PdfWriter writer, Document document) {
        PdfContentByte cb = writer.getDirectContent();
        ColumnText.showTextAligned(cb, Element.ALIGN_CENTER, footer(),
            (document.right() - document.left()) / 2 + document.leftMargin(),
            document.top() + 10, 0);
    }
    private Phrase footer() {
        Font ffont = new Font(Font.FontFamily.UNDEFINED, 5, Font.ITALIC);
        Phrase p = new Phrase("this is a footer");
        return p;
    }
}
...
Document document = new Document(PageSize.A4);
PdfWriter writer = PdfWriter.getInstance(document, new FileOutputStream(file));
writer.setPageEvent(new MyFooter());

Posted on StackOverflow on January 5, 2015 by Hiasl

The problem you report can not be reproduced. I have taken your example and I create the TextFooter example with this event:

class MyFooter extends PdfPageEventHelper {
    Font ffont = new Font(Font.FontFamily.UNDEFINED, 5, Font.ITALIC);
 
    public void onEndPage(PdfWriter writer, Document document) {
        PdfContentByte cb = writer.getDirectContent();
        Phrase header = new Phrase("this is a header", ffont);
        Phrase footer = new Phrase("this is a footer", ffont);
        ColumnText.showTextAligned(cb, Element.ALIGN_CENTER,
                header,
                (document.right() - document.left()) / 2 + document.leftMargin(),
                document.top() + 10, 0);
        ColumnText.showTextAligned(cb, Element.ALIGN_CENTER,
                footer,
                (document.right() - document.left()) / 2 + document.leftMargin(),
                document.bottom() - 10, 0);
    }
}

Note that I improved the performance by creating the Font and Paragraph instance only once. I also introduced a footer and a header. You claimed you wanted to add a footer, but in reality you added a header.

The top() method gives you the top of the page, so maybe you meant to calculate the y position relative to the bottom() of the page.

There was also an error in your footer() method:

private Phrase footer() {
    Font ffont = new Font(Font.FontFamily.UNDEFINED, 5, Font.ITALIC);
    Phrase p = new Phrase("this is a footer");
    return p;
}

You define a Font named ffont, but you don't use it. I think you meant to write:

private Phrase footer() {
    Font ffont = new Font(Font.FontFamily.UNDEFINED, 5, Font.ITALIC);
    Phrase p = new Phrase("this is a footer", ffont);
    return p;
}

Now when we look at the resulting PDF, we clearly see the text that was added as a header and a footer to each page.