This package is abandoned and no longer maintained. No replacement package was suggested.

Generate PDFs in Laravel with this mPDF wrapper.

v4.1.0 2021-06-08 11:07 UTC

This package is auto-updated.

Last update: 2023-09-22 12:30:56 UTC


niklasravnsborg/laravel-pdf is not maintained! This repository has been deprecated and archived on 2023-08-22. Look at for a potential alternative.

Laravel PDF: mPDF wrapper for Laravel 5

Easily generate PDF documents from HTML right inside of Laravel using this mPDF wrapper.


Require this package in your composer.json or install it by running:

composer require niklasravnsborg/laravel-pdf

Note: This package supports auto-discovery features of Laravel 5.5+, You only need to manually add the service provider and alias if working on Laravel version lower then 5.5

To start using Laravel, add the Service Provider and the Facade to your config/app.php:

'providers' => [
	// ...
'aliases' => [
	// ...
	'PDF' => niklasravnsborg\LaravelPdf\Facades\Pdf::class

Now, you should publish package's config file to your config directory by using following command:

php artisan vendor:publish

Basic Usage

To use Laravel PDF add something like this to one of your controllers. You can pass data to a view in /resources/views.

use PDF;

function generate_pdf() {
	$data = [
		'foo' => 'bar'
	$pdf = PDF::loadView('pdf.document', $data);
	return $pdf->stream('document.pdf');

Other methods

It is also possible to use the following methods on the pdf object:

output(): Outputs the PDF as a string.
save($filename): Save the PDF to a file
download($filename): Make the PDF downloadable by the user.
stream($filename): Return a response with the PDF to show in the browser.


If you have published config file, you can change the default settings in config/pdf.php file:

return [
	'format'           => 'A4', // See
	'author'           => 'John Doe',
	'subject'          => 'This Document will explain the whole universe.',
	'keywords'         => 'PDF, Laravel, Package, Peace', // Separate values with comma
	'creator'          => 'Laravel Pdf',
	'display_mode'     => 'fullpage'

To override this configuration on a per-file basis use the fourth parameter of the initializing call like this:

PDF::loadView('pdf', $data, [], [
  'format' => 'A5-L'

You can use a callback with the key 'instanceConfigurator' to access mpdf functions:

$config = ['instanceConfigurator' => function($mpdf) {
    $mpdf->SetDocTemplate(/path/example.pdf, true);
PDF::loadView('pdf', $data, [], $config)->save($pdfFilePath);

Headers and Footers

If you want to have headers and footers that appear on every page, add them to your <body> tag like this:

<htmlpageheader name="page-header">
	Your Header Content

<htmlpagefooter name="page-footer">
	Your Footer Content

Now you just need to define them with the name attribute in your CSS:

@page {
	header: page-header;
	footer: page-footer;

Inside of headers and footers {PAGENO} can be used to display the page number.

Included Fonts

By default you can use all the fonts shipped with mPDF.

Custom Fonts

You can use your own fonts in the generated PDFs. The TTF files have to be located in one folder, e.g. /resources/fonts/. Add this to your configuration file (/config/pdf.php):

return [
	// ...
	'font_path' => base_path('resources/fonts/'),
	'font_data' => [
		'examplefont' => [
			'R'  => 'ExampleFont-Regular.ttf',    // regular font
			'B'  => 'ExampleFont-Bold.ttf',       // optional: bold font
			'I'  => 'ExampleFont-Italic.ttf',     // optional: italic font
			'BI' => 'ExampleFont-Bold-Italic.ttf' // optional: bold-italic font
			//'useOTL' => 0xFF,    // required for complicated langs like Persian, Arabic and Chinese
			//'useKashida' => 75,  // required for complicated langs like Persian, Arabic and Chinese
		// ...add as many as you want.
	// ...

Note: If you are using laravel-pdf for producing PDF documents in a complicated language (like Persian, Arabic or Chinese) you should have useOTL and useKashida indexes in your custom font definition array. If you do not use these indexes, your characters will be shown dispatched and incorrectly in the produced PDF.

Now you can use the font in CSS:

body {
	font-family: 'examplefont', sans-serif;

Set Protection

To set protection, you just call the SetProtection() method and pass an array with permissions, an user password and an owner password.

The passwords are optional.

There are a fews permissions: 'copy', 'print', 'modify', 'annot-forms', 'fill-forms', 'extract', 'assemble', 'print-highres'.

use PDF;

function generate_pdf() {
	$data = [
		'foo' => 'bar'
	$pdf = PDF::loadView('pdf.document', $data);
	$pdf->SetProtection(['copy', 'print'], '', 'pass');
	return $pdf->stream('document.pdf');

Find more information to SetProtection() here:


To use the testing suite, you need some extensions and binaries for your local PHP. On macOS, you can install them like this:

brew install imagemagick ghostscript
pecl install imagick


Laravel PDF is open-sourced software licensed under the MIT license