Export a diagram to a PDF file

When you export your diagram to a PDF file, you can include a copy of your diagram data. When you drop that file onto the draw.io editor, it will open your diagram for editing again.

Tip: You can crop the PDF to match the size of the diagram, rather than using your devices page size settings.

  1. Click File > Export As > PDF.
    Export a diagram to PDF from draw.io
  2. Change the export settings to suit your requirements.
    • Select whether to include All Pages in your multi-page diagram, the Current Page or just the shapes and connectors that are currently selected (Selection Only).
    • If you are printing the just the current page or a selection, enable the Crop checkbox to crop the generated PDF to fit your diagram.
    • Enable the checkboxes if you want a Transparent Background, or to include the Grid of the drawing canvas.
    • Leave the checkbox enabled to Include a copy of my diagram to include diagram data in your PDF file, so you can open it again in the draw.io editor.
      Change the export settings when exporting to a PDF
  3. Click Export and select the location to save your SVG file.

PDF diagram export options

  • All Pages - Export all pages of a multi-page diagram.

  • Pages - Export one or more diagram pages. The first diagram page is page 1.

  • Current page - Include only the current diagram page in the PDF.

  • Selection Only - Export only the selected shapes and connectors on the Current page.

  • Page View - Fit one drawing canvas page to one PDF page.

  • Crop - Crop the exported PDF pages to the diagram page’s dimensions.

  • Fit to - Resize the diagram pages to fit to the number of sheet(s) across and/or sheets(s) down, where one sheet is a PDF page. This always maintains proportions.

  • Border Width - Add whitespace (in pixels) around the diagram’s outer edge.

  • Zoom - Resize your diagram page by this percentage and position it in the top left of the PDF page.

  • Grid - Include the drawing canvas grid in the PDF page.

  • Transparent Background - Change the diagram background to transparent. This removes a background colour, but will not remove a background image.

  • Include a copy of my diagram - Load the exported PDF file back into the draw.io editor and continue editing your diagram.
    Note: This may not work if you export your diagram using Safari, and is not available in the Desktop application.

Learn more about exporting to PDF files