How do I create an underlined or strike through chunk in iText?

You can use the Chunk‘s setUnderline(float thickness, float yPosition) method to add underline or strike through to a chunk. A negative value to the yPosition create an underline while a positive value will produce a strike through.

package org.kodejava.itextpdf;

import com.itextpdf.text.Chunk;
import com.itextpdf.text.Document;
import com.itextpdf.text.DocumentException;
import com.itextpdf.text.pdf.PdfWriter;


public class UnderlineStrikeThroughDemo {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        Document doc = new Document();
        try {
            PdfWriter.getInstance(doc, new FileOutputStream("UnderStrike.pdf"));

            // Creates a chunk with an underline with 0.1 thickness
            Chunk underline = new Chunk("The quick brown fox ");
            underline.setUnderline(0.1f, -1f);

            // Creates a strike through chunk with 1 thickness
            Chunk strike = new Chunk("jumps over the lazy dog.");
            strike.setUnderline(1f, 3f);
        } catch (DocumentException | FileNotFoundException e) {
        } finally {

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  1. I have one below case. Using Graphics2d object first draw the line by applying stroke. After that write the text with underline using chunk class by setting underline. But it’s not updating the under line for generated pdf. Could you please let us know what is the root cause.


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