I have a google sheet having 110,000 rows and 10 columns.

If I try to export using the normal File > Download > As PDF, it takes forever to make the Save button work (The ~4800 pages of the PDF keeps rendering and on a premature save, nothing happens) I have done this on Chrome, Firefox and Edge browser, just to see if changing browser would make a difference.

Then I tried using app-script, but the ones available on the WebApp StackExchange did not work.

I know the solution will be with an app script code. What is the best solution for me to able to export the 1 million cell sized sheet to a PDF easily.


As per the comments below I did execute the 8 line code in the newer app script console of Google,

function saveAsPDF() {
const folderName = `Cubing`;
const fileNamePrefix = `filename`;

              .setName(`${fileNamePrefix} - ${Utilities.formatDate(new 
 Date(), `GMT-8`, `yyyy-MM-dd`)}`));  

But I got a message which is not related to the code.

The execution log said,

Exception: We're sorry, no servers are currently available. Please wait a bit and try again.
saveAsPDF   @ Code.gs:7
  • I tried to run the scripts discussed in the thread, stackoverflow.com/questions/21997924/… Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 15:15
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    Please be more descriptive. Do you get error messages on all the scripts? (please edit the question and add the textual error message, I suggest you to focus on one of the scripts) Commented Dec 14, 2020 at 15:51
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    The author's credentials of those scripts are impeccable and I agree with focusing/troubleshooting on one of those scripts. But at the risk of mudding the waters, the scripts date from 2014/2015 and Apps Script has changed a lot. A fast Google (only results in the 'last year') raised Can google sheets save a PDF copy onto a selected Drive folder nightly?; just eight lines of code, and it works nicely. Whether it suits you is another matter but I would like to see you using more recent precedents. @Rubén may have a view.
    – Tedinoz
    Commented Dec 15, 2020 at 3:30
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    In my (limited) experience, this is a "there's-an-error-somewhere" kind of error; however it is giving you a big hint here: "@ Code.gs:7". The values of your variables (const folderName, const fileNamePrefix and const fileNamePrefix) are are defined between backticks rather than single (or double) quotes. Also .setName(${fileNamePrefix} - ${Utilities.formatDate(new Date(), GMT-8, yyyy-MM-dd)})); contains more backticks and is presenting as two lines rather than one long line. Try those changes and see what happens.
    – Tedinoz
    Commented Dec 17, 2020 at 11:33
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    @Tedinoz I suggest you to post this kind of comments as answers (even if another user, including me, posted an answer). Commented Dec 17, 2020 at 20:36

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There is a ` pair-matching problem:

`${fileNamePrefix} - ${Utilities.formatDate(new 
 Date(), `GMT-8`, `yyyy-MM-dd`)}`
         ^     ^  ^          ^  ^
         |     |  |          |  |
         1     2  2          3  3    

While there are multiple ways to fix your script, what about this (use the + to concatenate values and regular strings instead of template literals):

fileNamePrefix + ' - ' + Utilities.formatDate(new Date(), 'GMT-8', 'yyyy-MM-dd')


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