How to Make a PDF of an Entire Website

One day you may need to print out an entire website, or email it someone to make notes. The old way was printing each page one by one and hoping you got all of the links. Yet, there is a better way if you use Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. This won’t work with the free Acrobat Reader.

  • First, fire up Adobe Acrobat and go to File –> Create –>PDF From Web Page. For older versions of Acrobat go to File –> Create PDF –> From Web Page.

  • Then click, “Capture Multiple Levels,” and select, “Get entire site,” or choose the levels you want to grab. Example: Choosing 1 level will just get the top pages and no sub-pages.
  • If you want, you can review the Settings area to print landscape and some other options. When you are ready, click, “Create”.

Lena Shore

Lena is a full-time freelancer and nerd that specializes in web development, graphic design, and illustration. She enjoys building things, learning new things, pursuing creative endeavors, and giving free advice.

14 Comments

  1. Kate Madsen on February 5, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    As always you are a great teacher. Thanks for this!

  2. claudia arkush on February 11, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    If a PDF of a site turns out funky looking (missing images or rearranged) and you want a screen capture of the ENTIRE page try the “awesome screenshots” add-on. It saves the page as .jpg or .png right to your desktop with very decent resolution. Of course it does preserve the text as text or links since it is a raster file but very useful:
    http://awesomescreenshot.com/

  3. Yasir Hussain on March 20, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Is it possible if web site contains a lot of pdf, this process will download it as a separate pdf

    • Lena Shore on March 20, 2019 at 5:01 pm

      I don’t see any options for making more than a single PDF from a website.

  4. Michael Nelson on April 5, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    Oh neat! I didn’t know about that feature of Adobe Acrobat.
    If your website is on WordPress, you can also use the plugin Print My Blog (see https://wordpress.org/plugins/print-my-blog/) just set it to use pages instead of posts. It will omit content most people don’t want in a PDF, like menus and sidebars.

    • Lena Shore on April 5, 2019 at 3:51 pm

      What a cool plugin! I didn’t know that “Print My Blog” existed. Thanks for the share. (:

  5. jagruti on May 15, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Jenny, this is a feature that is only available in recent versions of Acrobat DC/2017, so your only option is to upgrade your Acrobat to the latest. Thank you so very much!!!! Really struggled with this until I found this post! Thanks!!!

  6. jagu on May 20, 2019 at 10:08 am

    This was great, Thank you so much! One minor thing seems to have changed since you wrote this post though, the edit tab no longer leads to preferences, the Adobe Reader tab does.

  7. Edwin Broce on June 21, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    How editable is the PDF document afterward? And how well does it convert into a docx doc after?

    • Lena Shore on June 21, 2019 at 2:01 pm

      The PDF isn’t perfect. But, it’s good for proofing and marking up. You can edit as well as you can edit any other PDF. I don’t know anything about how it converts to Word. You’d have to try it and see.

      • Edwin Broce on June 21, 2019 at 3:22 pm

        Thanks for the reply. I haven’t seen a perfect tool for converting a whole site into a PDF yet. I think I am going to get a PRO subscription so I can do this. As long as it looks like the site and not a printable version of the site, and it’s editable, it will be something worth for me to look into.

        • Lena Shore on June 21, 2019 at 3:27 pm

          It isn’t the print version of the site, but it isn’t always pretty. If you have SVG code for images it will skip those for instance. But, some older sites with all images look good.

        • Lena Shore on June 21, 2019 at 3:28 pm

          Also, you can get a trial version of Adobe Acrobat to try it out.

          • Edwin Broce on June 21, 2019 at 3:30 pm

            Thanks for letting me know about the trial version! Great article by the way, very useful! 😀



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