How do I set Table’s cell padding in iText?

You can set the cell’s padding using the com.itextpdf.text.pdf.PdfPCell‘s setPadding() method. To set the padding individually you can use the setPaddingTop(), setPaddingRight(), setPaddingBottom(), and setPaddingLeft() methods to set the top, right, bottom and left padding respectively.

package org.kodejava.example.itextpdf;

import com.itextpdf.text.Document;
import com.itextpdf.text.DocumentException;
import com.itextpdf.text.Phrase;
import com.itextpdf.text.pdf.PdfPCell;
import com.itextpdf.text.pdf.PdfPTable;
import com.itextpdf.text.pdf.PdfWriter;

import java.io.FileNotFoundException;
import java.io.FileOutputStream;

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

            int numColumns = 3;
            PdfPTable table = new PdfPTable(numColumns);
            PdfPCell[] cells = new PdfPCell[numColumns];
            for (int i = 0; i < numColumns; i++) {
                cells[i] = new PdfPCell(new Phrase("Cell " + i + 1));
                // Set cell's padding equally for all side of the
                // cell.
                cells[i].setPadding(10);
                table.addCell(cells[i]);
            }
            table.completeRow();

            cells = new PdfPCell[numColumns];
            for (int i = 0; i < numColumns; i++) {
                cells[i] = new PdfPCell(new Phrase("Cell " + i + 1));
                // Set cell's padding individually for top, right,
                // bottom and left padding.
                cells[i].setPaddingTop(20);
                cells[i].setPaddingRight(30);
                cells[i].setPaddingBottom(20);
                cells[i].setPaddingLeft(30);
                table.addCell(cells[i]);
            }
            table.completeRow();
            doc.add(table);
        } catch (DocumentException | FileNotFoundException e) {
            e.printStackTrace();
        } finally {
            doc.close();
        }
    }
}

Maven Dependencies

<!-- http://repo1.maven.org/maven2/com/itextpdf/itextpdf/5.5.10/itextpdf-5.5.10.jar -->
<dependency>
    <groupId>com.itextpdf</groupId>
    <artifactId>itextpdf</artifactId>
    <version>5.5.10</version>
</dependency>

Wayan Saryada

Programmer, runner, recreational diver, currently living in the island of Bali, Indonesia. Mostly programming in Java, creating web based application with Spring Framework, Hibernate / JPA.

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