Chart pdf lib

v0.0.6 2021-12-01 12:16 UTC

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Last update: 2022-06-16 11:39:27 UTC


Chart PDF is a PHP library which generates PDF files from UTF-8 encoded HTML.

It is based on MPDF

⚠ If you are viewing this file on Chart PDF GitHub repository homepage or on Packagist, please note that the default repository branch is dev which can differ from the last stable release.


PHP versions and extensions

  • mPDF >=7.0 is supported on PHP ^5.6 || ~7.0.0 || ~7.1.0 || ~7.2.0
  • PHP 7.3 is supported since mPDF v7.1.7
  • PHP 7.4 is supported since mPDF v8.0.4
  • PHP 8.0 is supported since mPDF v8.0.10
  • PHP 8.1 is supported as of mPDF v8.0.13

PHP mbstring and gd extensions have to be loaded.

Additional extensions may be required for some advanced features such as zlib for compression of output and embedded resources such as fonts, bcmath for generating barcodes or xml for character set conversion and SVG handling.

Known server caveats

Chart PDF has some problems with fetching external HTTP resources with single threaded servers such as php -S. A proper server such as nginx (php-fpm) or Apache is recommended.

Support us

Consider supporting development of Chart PDF with a donation of any value. Donation


Official installation method is via composer and its packagist package chart_pdf/chart_pdf.

$ composer require chartpdf/chartpdf


The simplest usage (since version 7.0) of the library would be as follows:


require_once __DIR__ . '/vendor/autoload.php';
$pdf = new Mpdf\Mpdf();
$pieChart = new Pie($pdf);
$pieChart->setRadius(35); //radius pie
$pieChart->setX(50);// init X position
$pieChart->setY(50);// init Y position
$pieChart->setInnerRadius(0);// inner radius 'Donuts chart only'
$pieChart->setData($data);// Data chart pie object represents pieces of chart
$pieChart->write();// Write chart on the pdf

$pdf = new Mpdf\Mpdf();
$bar = new Bar($pdf);

$pdf = new Mpdf\Mpdf();
$line = new Line($pdf);

$pdf = new Mpdf\Mpdf();
$line = new LineAreaSvg($pdf);

$pdf = new Mpdf\Mpdf();
$point = new Point($pdf);

This will output the PDF inline to the browser as application/pdf Content-type.

Setup & Configuration

All configuration directives can be set by the $config parameter of the constructor.

It is recommended to set one's own temporary directory via tempDir configuration variable. The directory must have write permissions (mode 775 is recommended) for users using mPDF (typically cli, webserver, fpm).

Warning: mPDF will clean up old temporary files in the temporary directory. Choose a path dedicated to mPDF only.


$pdf = new \ChartPdf\ChartPdf(['tempDir' => __DIR__ . '/tmp']);

By default, the temporary directory will be inside vendor directory and will have write permissions from post_install composer script.

For more information about custom temporary directory see the note on Folder for temporary files in the section on Installation & Setup in the manual.

If you have problems, please read the section on troubleshooting in the manual.

About CSS support and development state

mPDF as a whole is a quite dated software. Nowadays, better alternatives are available, albeit not written in PHP.

Use mPDF if you cannot use non-PHP approach to generate PDF files or if you want to leverage some of the benefits of mPDF over browser approach – color handling, pre-print, barcodes support, headers and footers, page numbering, TOCs, etc. But beware that a HTML/CSS template tailored for mPDF might be necessary.

If you are looking for state of the art CSS support, mirroring existing HTML pages to PDF, use headless Chrome.

mPDF will still be updated to enhance some internal capabilities and to support newer versions of PHP, but better and/or newer CSS support will most likely not be implemented.

Online manual

Online manual is available at

General troubleshooting

For general questions or troubleshooting please use Discussions.

You can also use the mpdf tag at Stack Overflow as the StackOverflow user base is more likely to answer you in a timely manner.


Before submitting issues and pull requests please read the file.

Unit Testing

Unit testing for mPDF is done using PHPUnit.

To get started, run composer install from the command line while in the mPDF root directory (you'll need composer installed first).

To execute tests, run composer test from the command line while in the mPDF root directory.

Any assistance writing unit tests for mPDF is greatly appreciated. If you'd like to help, please note that any PHP file located in the /tests/ directory will be autoloaded when unit testing.