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You can use MPDF, a PHP library which generates PDF files from UTF-8 encoded HTML. It's under GNU GPL v2 licence. musicmarkup.info Learn how to easily convert HTML to PDF in PHP. Create PDF from web pages and HTML documents in PHP with the Pdfcrowd API. PHP library that converts webpages or HTML to PDF via the PDFmyURL API. Many options for PDF layout and developer friendly.
HTML has gone from being a simple way to markup basic documentation to a fully-fledged interactive publishing medium. Or to offer the ability for customers on an ecommerce site to download their order details as a Word document. For a quick intro and installation guide for Composer, click here. The approach is somewhat different than for generating PDFs. First, install the package with composer.
Arrays — Arrays are variables that store several values. We will talk about them in detail further below. Objects — Objects store both data and information on how to process it.
Resources — These are references to functions and resources outside of PHP. There is no need to declare PHP variables in a certain way. They automatically take on the type of the data they contain.
Variable Scope Variables can be available in different scopes, meaning the part of a script you can access them. This can be global, local and static.
Any variable declared outside of a function is available globally. That means it can be accessed outside of a function as well. If you declare a variable inside a function, it will have a local scope. The consequence is that it can only be accessed within that function. A way around this is to prepend a local variable with global. That way, it becomes part of the global scope. Predefined Variables PHP also comes with a number of default variables called superglobals.
Constants are useful since they allow you to change the value for an entire script in one place instead of having to replace every instance of it. They are also global in nature, meaning they can be accessed from anywhere.
While functions are for blocks of code, arrays are for the values — a placeholder for larger chunks of information. Is it ". As we have settled earlier, they are also a valid value for variables.
Just wrap your text in ' markers and PHP will handle it as a string. Double quotes — As an alternative you can use ". Close it in another line by repeating the identifier. It works the same way and eliminates the need for escape characters. PDF is a standard format originally created by Adobe for representing text and images in a fixed-layout document.
We can decide how our content should look using these familiar technologies, and then easily convert that into a fixed document. The library has many other useful and interesting features, too.
Getting a Composer-based install up and running correctly is admittedly still a bit tricky, so I recommend just using Git to install Dompdf. It also needs some fonts, which are generally available on most machines. It also loads an autoloader and a custom configuration file in which we can override default configuration parameters.
It accepts a filename or the URL of a webpage as its argument. There are number of configuration options that we can set to make Dompdf more suitable for our real-world needs.
Make sure this location is writable by the web server account. Perhaps we want to save the generated PDF document to disk instead of sending it to the browser. It too accepts an optional options array, but the only option available is compress the default is true.
We can add text, lines, images, rectangles, etc.