PDF Customization

< Manual:Extension‎ | BlueSpiceUniversalExport
Supported in:BlueSpice pro Cloud

The standard PDF template can be adjusted directly in the wiki.

Compatibility info: In non-cloud editions, the PDF template has to be adjusted on the server.

Header and footer

By default, the PDF template contains 3 sections for the header and 3 sections for the footer.

Standard PDF template
Standard PDF template

Both the content and the number of columns in the header and footer area can be edited in the following files.

  • MediaWiki:UniversalExport/PDF/Default/Header.html
  • MediaWiki:UniversalExport/PDF/Default/Footer.html

Available parameters

The following content can be added to each section in the header or footer:

Parameter Description
logo current wiki logo
title title of the page. In books, this is the title of the book page.
subtitle prints the subtitle of a book if a subtitle was created in the book meta data
currentpagenumber number of the current page
totalpagescount total number of pages
url URL of the wiki page
user username of user who printed the page
exportdate date of PDF-creation
exporttime time of PDF-creation

Each parameter is added to the header or footer enclosed in three curly brackets, for example: {{{logo}}}.

In addition, you can simply type in regular text in each section.


The header contains a wiki table with three columns. The default content for the first column is the logo of the wiki and the last column shows the page title. The middle column is empty.

To make changes to the header, open the page MediaWiki:UniversalExport/PDF/Default/Header.html in edit mode.

Header table
Header table

Using custom text

If you do not want to show the logo, but display custom text, you can simply delete the existing placeholders and replace them with your text. Be aware that this header will be used for all PDFs on your wiki, including books.

Any of the columns can be left blank.

| Text in left column || Text in middle column || Text in right column

Removing the middle column

By default, the 3 columns each use 1/3 of the header width. If you need more room for the left or right column, you can remove the middle column. The remaining 2 columns than each get 1/2 of the header width.

|The left column now uses 50% of the header width. || Text in the right column
2 columns in the PDF header
2 columns in the PDF header


The footer can be customized just like the header.

By default, the footer shows the creation date of the pdf, a BlueSpice disclaimer, and the page number with number of total pages.

| {{{exportdate}}} || {{int:universal-export-pdf-default-disclaimer}} || {{{currentpagenumber}}} / {{{totalpagescount}}}

To make changes to the footer, open the page MediaWiki:UniversalExport/PDF/Default/Footer.html in edit mode. For example, you could replace the BlueSpice disclaimer in the middle column with the username of the user who printed the pdf.

| {{{exportdate}}} || {{{user}}} || {{{currentpagenumber}}} / {{{totalpagescount}}}
PDF footer showing username
PDF footer showing username

Book cover

When you print a book to PDF, the book has a basic cover page.

By default, the cover page contains the logo, book title, and a placeholder for the subtitle. If you did not create a subtitle for your book, no subtitle is shown.

PDF book default cover
PDF book default cover


To customize the cover page, open the page MediaWiki:UniversalExport/PDF/Default/Cover page.html in edit mode.