A PHP library for converting HTML to PDF using Google Chrome

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A PHP library for converting HTML to PDF using Chrome/Chromium.

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How it works

This library is based on puppeteer, a headless Chrome Node API which is maintained by the Chrome DevTools team.

It provides a simple PHP wrapper around the Node API, focused on generating beautiful PDF files.

In contrast to other HTML to PDF converters like wkhtmltopdf, the corresponding PHP wrapper or similar libraries, it is based on a current Chrome version instead of outdated and unmaintained WebKit builds. This library therefore fully supports CSS3, HTML5, SVGs, SPAs, and all the other fancy stuff people use these days.


  • PHP 8.1+ with enabled program execution functions (proc_open) and 'fopen wrappers'
  • Node.js 18+ (for older Node.js versions use see changelog)
  • A few OS specific dependencies


PHP Chrome HTML to PDF can be installed via Composer by requiring the spiritix/php-chrome-html2pdf package in your project's composer.json. Or simply run this command:

composer require spiritix/php-chrome-html2pdf

The required JS packages are installed automatically in the background.


Using this library is pretty straight forward. Decide for an input and an output handler, pass them to the converter, set some options if you like and depending on the output handler, proceed with the generated PDF file.

use Spiritix\Html2Pdf\Converter;
use Spiritix\Html2Pdf\Input\UrlInput;
use Spiritix\Html2Pdf\Output\DownloadOutput;

$input = new UrlInput();

$converter = new Converter($input, new DownloadOutput());

$converter->setOption('landscape', true);

    'printBackground' => true,
    'displayHeaderFooter' => true,
    'headerTemplate' => '<p>I am a header</p>',

$output = $converter->convert();

Input handlers

The following input handlers are available:

  • StringInput - Accepts the HTML content as a string
  • UrlInput - Fetches the HTML content from an URL

Output handlers

The following output handlers are available:

  • StringOutput - Returns the binary PDF content as a string
  • FileOutput - Stores the PDF file on the server's file system
  • DownloadOutput - Forces the browser to download the PDF file
  • EmbedOutput - Forces the browser to embed the PDF file


  • scale <[number]> Scale of the webpage rendering. Defaults to 1.
  • displayHeaderFooter <[boolean]> Display header and footer. Defaults to false.
  • headerTemplate <[string]> HTML template for the print header. Should be valid HTML markup with following classes used to inject printing values into them:
    • date formatted print date
    • title document title
    • url document location
    • pageNumber current page number
    • totalPages total pages in the document
  • footerTemplate <[string]> HTML template for the print footer. Should use the same format as the headerTemplate.
  • printBackground <[boolean]> Print background graphics. Defaults to false.
  • landscape <[boolean]> Paper orientation. Defaults to false.
  • pageRanges <[string]> Paper ranges to print, e.g., '1-5, 8, 11-13'. Defaults to the empty string, which means print all pages.
  • format <[string]> Paper format. If set, takes priority over width or height options. Defaults to 'Letter'.
  • width <[string]> Paper width, accepts values labeled with units.
  • height <[string]> Paper height, accepts values labeled with units.
  • margin <[array]> Paper margins, defaults to none.
    • top <[string]> Top margin, accepts values labeled with units.
    • right <[string]> Right margin, accepts values labeled with units.
    • bottom <[string]> Bottom margin, accepts values labeled with units.
    • left <[string]> Left margin, accepts values labeled with units.
  • preferCSSPageSize <[boolean]> Give any CSS @page size declared in the page priority over what is declared in width and height or format options. Defaults to false, which will scale the content to fit the paper size.
  • omitBackground <[boolean]> Hides default white background and allows capturing screenshots with transparency. Defaults to false.
  • timeout <[number]> Maximum time in milliseconds, defaults to 30 seconds, pass 0 to disable timeout.
  • mediaType <?[string]> Changes the CSS media type of the page. The only allowed values are 'screen', 'print' and null. Passing null disables media emulation.
  • viewport <[array]>
    • width <[number]> page width in pixels.
    • height <[number]> page height in pixels.
    • deviceScaleFactor <[number]> Specify device scale factor (can be thought of as dpr). Defaults to 1.
    • isMobile <[boolean]> Whether the meta viewport tag is taken into account. Defaults to false.
    • hasTouch<[boolean]> Specifies if viewport supports touch events. Defaults to false
    • isLandscape <[boolean]> Specifies if viewport is in landscape mode. Defaults to false.
  • pageWaitFor <[integer]> Timeout in milliseconds to wait for.
  • cookies<[array]> Cookie objects to set.

NOTE headerTemplate and footerTemplate markup have the following limitations:

  1. Script tags inside templates are not evaluated.
  2. Page styles are not visible inside templates.

NOTE By default, this library generates a pdf with modified colors for printing. Use the -webkit-print-color-adjust property to force rendering of exact colors.


  • Make sure you've installed all OS specific dependencies.
  • Manually set the path to your Node.js executable using the $converter->setNodePath() method.
  • Footer or header are not visible? See here.


Contributions in any form are welcome. Please consider the following guidelines before submitting pull requests:

  • Coding standard - It's mostly PSR.
  • Add tests! - Your PR won't be accepted if it doesn't have tests.


PHP Chrome HTML to PDF is free software distributed under the terms of the MIT license.