PDF form filling

1.0.6 2019-06-23 20:58 UTC

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Last update: 2023-08-24 07:06:49 UTC


This library is a complete rewrite for php> = 7.1 of script93 developed by Olivier, with additional features:

  • Supports linearized PDF forms
  • Supports multi-pages PDF forms
  • Supports PDF 'radio', 'check box' and 'choice' fields in addition to 'text' fields
  • UTF-8 support

With this library, you can merge (inject) data into a PDF form (AcroForm), either from a PHP array, or from a FDF file.



composer require eureka2/acroforms


  • With a PHP array:

require_once 'path/to/src/autoload.php';

use acroforms\AcroForm;

$fields = [
    'text' => [ // text fields 
        'text_field1'    => 'value of text_field1',
        'text_field2'    => 'value of text_field2',
    'button' => [ // button fields
        'radio1' => 'value of radio1',
        'checkbox1' => 'value of checkbox1',

$pdf = new AcroForm('exemple.pdf', [
    'pdftk' => '/absolute/path/to/pdftk'
if (php_sapi_name() == 'cli') {
	file_put_contents("filled.pdf", $pdf->output('S'));
} else {
	$pdf->output('I', 'filled.pdf');
  • With a pre-filled FDF file:

require_once 'path/to/src/autoload.php';

use acroforms\AcroForm;

$pdf = new AcroForm('example.pdf', [
    'fdf' => 'example.fdf',
    'pdftk' => '/absolute/path/to/pdftk'
if (php_sapi_name() == 'cli') {
    $pdf->output('F', 'filled.pdf');
} else {
    $pdf->output('I', 'filled.pdf');
    // or $pdf->output('D', 'filled.pdf');


Name Arguments Description
allow 1. permissions : array (optional) Allow permissions
compress use the compress filter to restore compression
encrypt 1. bits : int (0, 40,or 128) define encrytion to the given bits
fix try to fix a corrupted PDF file
flatten flatten output to remove form from pdf file keeping field datas
getButtonFields Retrieve fields that are buttons
getField 1. fieldName Retrieve a form field by its name
getTextFields Retrieve fields that are text type
info Retrieve information from the pdf
load 1. data : array or string load a form data to be merged
merge 1. flatten : bool (optional) Merge the data with the PDF file
password 1. type : string ('owner' or 'user')
2. code : string (password code)
define a password code
setMode 1. mode : string
2. value : bool
set a mode
setSupport 1. support : string (native or pdftk) change the support
uncompress apply the uncompress filter
output 1. destination : char (I, D, F or S)
2. name : string (PDF file name)
output PDF to some destination

Copyright and license

© 2019 Eureka2 - Jacques Archimède. Code released under the MIT license.