Saving Safari Pages as PDFs in macOS Catalina, iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

There are plenty of reasons to want to save a complete web page to a PDF file. Perhaps you want to save a favorite online story, you’d like to create a digital library of your favorite tips from The Rocket Yard, or would like a PDF file of a long, scrolling web page containing all of your credit card charges for the last five years. 

Previously, this could only be done using certain browsers, with an iOS Automation that saved the web page as a PDF, or by using third-party solutions that grabbed and saved complete web pages for you. In macOS Catalina, iOS 13, and iPadOS 13, Apple has finally made it easy to save full, long web pages displayed in Safari as PDF files, without needing to scroll and print individual screens as PDFs.

Here’s how it’s done:

iOS 13 and iPadOS 13

1 – Open the web page in Safari 

2 – Tap the share icon

3 – In the dialog that appears, tap the Options link next to the name of the web page or article (see below)

Tap the "Options" link to change the file type to PDF
Tap the “Options” link to change the file type to PDF

4 – Select PDF from the list of options (see below), then tap Back

Select PDF if you wish to save the file as a PDF.
Select PDF if you wish to save the file as a PDF.

5 – Now either share the PDF with someone using Mail, Messages, AirDrop or other sharing options, or (if you wish to save it permanently) tap Save to Files

6 – If you’ve chosen to Save to Files, the PDF is created (for my sample, which was 28 pages long, it took about 7 seconds), and then a Files dialog appears (see image below). Select the folder into which the PDF should be saved, then click the Save button at the top of the dialog.

Select the folder into which the PDF file should be saved, then click the Save button in the upper right of the dialog
Select the folder into which the PDF file should be saved, then click the Save button in the upper right of the dialog

macOS Catalina

1 – Open the web page in Safari

2 – Select File > Export as PDF… from the menu bar (see screenshot below)

Export as PDF in macOS Catalina now saves all of a web page, not just the part you can see
Export as PDF in macOS Catalina now saves all of a web page, not just the part you can see

3 – Select a location to save the converted web page, and click Save

Is that easy or what? Note that with both methods — for iOS/iPadOS and macOS Catalina, you may occasionally have images that don’t appear. Of course, embedded videos and similar items appear as blanks in those documents as well. 



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  • The Safari method has nothing to do with OSX 10.15 (Catalina). You can do this if you have Safari 13, which runs under OSX 10.13 or later. I don’t know if earlier versions of Safari do the same.




  • In versions of iOS prior to iOS 13 the same can be accomplished using the 2-finger “expand” gesture:

    Open the page in Safari per your iOS 13 instructions.
    Share the page per your iOS 13 instructions.
    This time select “Print”.
    In the Print Preview image, use an expanding gesture with 2 fingers as if you were trying to zoom in on the image.
    A PDF preview will appear. You can now share this as per steps 5&6 in your iOS 13 instructions.