Snappy PDF/Image for Laravel 4

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v0.2.1 2015-06-04 13:43 UTC


For Laravel 4.x, check version 0.1

This package is a ServiceProvider for Snappy:

You need to have wkhtmltopdf/wkhtmltoimage installed. You can download wkhtmltopdf from See how to do it with composer. Please note that some dependencies (libXrender for example) may not be present on your system and may require manual installation. After installing, verify first if wkhtmltopdf works correctly when invoked from the command line / shell.

The package provides $app['snappy.pdf'] and $app['snappy.image']. You have to set the binary location in the config file. Copy config/snappy.php to your own config, or use your ConfigServiceProvider so set the config keys.

and then adapt the "binary" line in the published config file (afer publishing should be present in: app/config/packages/barryvdh/laravel-snappy/config.php).

For example, when loaded with composer, the line should look like:

'binary' => base_path('vendor/h4cc/wkhtmltopdf-amd64/bin/wkhtmltopdf-amd64'),

In addition to the Snappy classes, it provides a wrapper, similar to

Require this package in your composer.json and update composer.

"barryvdh/laravel-snappy": "0.2.x"

After updating composer, add the ServiceProvider to the providers array in app/config/app.php


You can optionally use the facade for shorter code. Add this to your facades:

'PDF' => 'Barryvdh\Snappy\Facades\SnappyPdf',
'Image' => 'Barryvdh\Snappy\Facades\SnappyImage',

You can create a new Snappy PDF/Image instance and load a HTML string, file or view name. You can save it to a file, or stream (show in browser) or download.

Using the App container:

$snappy = App::make('snappy.pdf');
//To file
$snappy->generateFromHtml('<h1>Bill</h1><p>You owe me money, dude.</p>', '/tmp/bill-123.pdf');
$snappy->generate('', '/tmp/github.pdf'));
//Or output:
return new Response(
        'Content-Type'          => 'application/pdf',
        'Content-Disposition'   => 'attachment; filename="file.pdf"'

Using the wrapper:

$pdf = App::make('snappy.pdf.wrapper');
return $pdf->stream();

Or use the facade:

$pdf = PDF::loadView('pdf.invoice', $data);
return $pdf->download('invoice.pdf');

You can chain the methods:

return PDF::loadFile('')->stream('github.pdf');

You can change the orientation and paper size

PDF::loadHTML($html)->setPaper('a4')->setOrientation('landscape')->setOption('margin-bottom', 0)->save('myfile.pdf')

If you need the output as a string, you can get the rendered PDF with the output() function, so you can save/output it yourself.

You can publish the config-file to change some settings (default paper etc).

php artisan vendor:publish

See the wkhtmltopdf manual for more information/settings.


This Snappy Wrapper for Laravel is open-sourced software licensed under the MIT license