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How to embed TrueType fonts in PdfViewer with PdfProcessing library


Product Version R1 2021
Product PdfViewer for Xamarin


The text in certain pdf documents is not displayed correctly in Telerik Xamarin PdfViewer - a possible reason is when the document uses non-embedded TrueType fonts. This can be easily seen when opening the pdf document in Adobe and checking Document Properties -> Fonts - here the used TrueType fonts are listed. Since the fonts are not provided on import, the RadPdfViewer renderer fallbacks to default fonts which leads to the undesirable results with the rendered text.


Starting with R2 2021 release of Telerik UI for Xamarin, PdfViewer provides the ability to directly use the registered fonts through the FontsRepository static class of the PdfProcessing library, please check the exact approach inside the PdfViewer Fonts -> Embedded Fonts topic.

In order to workaround the issue, you can use the PdfProcessing library and import the missing fonts before passing the pdf document to the PdfViewer control. You would need to use the FontsRepository class to register a font file and create a font instance.

Below you can find a sample implementation showing how you can utilize RadPdfProcessing library to import the needed font.

verdana.ttf file should be added to the Xamarin.Forms project as an Embedded Resource.

using System;
using System.IO;
using System.Linq;
using System.Reflection;
using Telerik.Documents.Core.Fonts;
using Telerik.Windows.Documents.Fixed.FormatProviders.Pdf;
using Telerik.Windows.Documents.Fixed.Model;
using Telerik.Windows.Documents.Fixed.Model.Common;
using Telerik.Windows.Documents.Fixed.Model.Fonts;
using Telerik.Windows.Documents.Fixed.Model.Text;
using Xamarin.Forms;

namespace XamarinSampleApp
    public partial class MainPage : ContentPage
        public MainPage()

            //Register Verdana font
            byte[] fontData = ExtractResource("verdana.ttf");

            FontFamily verdanaFontFamily = new FontFamily("Verdana");
            FontStyle fontStyle = FontStyles.Normal;
            FontWeight fontWeight = FontWeights.Normal;
            FontsRepository.RegisterFont(verdanaFontFamily, fontStyle, fontWeight, fontData);
            FontsRepository.TryCreateFont(verdanaFontFamily, fontStyle, fontWeight, out FontBase verdana);

            PdfFormatProvider pdfFormatProvider = new PdfFormatProvider();
            RadFixedDocument document;

            //Import the pdf document
            Assembly assembly = typeof(MainPage).Assembly;
            string fileName = assembly.GetManifestResourceNames().FirstOrDefault(n => n.Contains("my_document.pdf"));
            Stream stream = assembly.GetManifestResourceStream(fileName);

            document = pdfFormatProvider.Import(stream);

            //Appy the font to the text fragments in the document
            foreach (RadFixedPage page in document.Pages)
                foreach (ContentElementBase contentElement in page.Content)
                    if (contentElement is TextFragment textFragment)
                        if (textFragment.Font.Name == "Verdana")
                            textFragment.Font = verdana;
                        else if (textFragment.Font.Name == "Verdana,Bold")
                            // textFont = verdanaBold;


            //Set the modified RadFixedDocument as a Source of the PdfViewer
            this.pdfViewer.Source = document;

        public byte[] ExtractResource(String filename)
            Assembly assembly = typeof(MainPage).Assembly;
            string completeName = assembly.GetManifestResourceNames().FirstOrDefault(n => n.Contains(filename));

            using (Stream resFilestream = assembly.GetManifestResourceStream(completeName))
                if (resFilestream == null) return null;
                byte[] ba = new byte[resFilestream.Length];
                resFilestream.Read(ba, 0, ba.Length);
                return ba;
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