A simple Laravel 4 service provider with some basic configuration for including the TCPDF library

0.2.6 2014-12-08 10:47 UTC


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A simple Laravel 4 service provider with some basic configuration for including the TCPDF library


The Laravel TCPDF service provider can be installed via composer by requiring the maxxscho/laravel-tcpdf package in your project's composer.json. (The installation may take a while, because the package requires TCPDF. Sadly its .git folder is very heavy)

    "require": {
        "maxxscho/laravel-tcpdf": "0.*"

Next, add the service provider to app/config/app.php.

'providers' => [

That's it! You're good to go.

Here is a little example:

PDF::SetTitle('Hello World');


PDF::Write(0, 'Hello World');


For a list of all available function take a look at the TCPDF Documentation


Laravel-TCPDF comes with some basic configuration. If you want to override the defaults, you can publish the config, like so:

php artisan config:publish maxxscho/laravel-tcpdf

Now access app/config/packages/maxxscho/laravel-tcpdf/config.phpto customize.


There is a 'blank' image in the assets folder of the package, which is in certain circumstances needed by TCPDF. Publish the assets, like so:

php artisan asset:publish maxxscho/laravel-tcpdf


Extending or overwriting Laravel TCPDF is easy. Simply extend \Maxxscho\LaravelTcpdf\LaravelTcpdf with your own class.

Custom Fonts

To add custom fonts set the fonts_directory in the config, relative to the public path. For example 'fonts/'.

To use a custom font you have to convert a font for TCPDF. Copy your custom font(s) to your fonts path, in our case public/fonts/. In your terminal do this:

vendor/maxxscho/laravel-tcpdf/vendor/ -i public/fonts/yourfont.ttf -o public/fonts

This uses a little tool provided by TCPDF to convert fonts for TCPDF. The -i flag is for the input fonts (comma-separated list) and the -o flag is for the output directory. Read here all about TCPDF fonts and how to convert them the new way.

Custom Header

"PDF::setHtmlHeader($custom_header); PDF::Header();"