Browsershot Laravel wrapper to generate PDF files and Screenshots using Headless Chrome

v1.3.0 2020-10-15 19:04 UTC


This package takes advantage of Google Chrome's Headless mode to take screenshots and generate PDFs from websites, views and raw html

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You can install Puppeteer in your project via NPM:

npm install puppeteer

Or you could opt to just install it globally

npm install puppeteer --global

On a Forge provisioned Ubuntu 16.04 server you can install the latest stable version of Chrome like this:

curl -sL | sudo -E bash -
sudo apt-get install -y nodejs gconf-service libasound2 libatk1.0-0 libc6 libcairo2 libcups2 libdbus-1-3 libexpat1 libfontconfig1 libgcc1 libgconf-2-4 libgdk-pixbuf2.0-0 libglib2.0-0 libgtk-3-0 libnspr4 libpango-1.0-0 libpangocairo-1.0-0 libstdc++6 libx11-6 libx11-xcb1 libxcb1 libxcomposite1 libxcursor1 libxdamage1 libxext6 libxfixes3 libxi6 libxrandr2 libxrender1 libxss1 libxtst6 ca-certificates fonts-liberation libappindicator1 libnss3 lsb-release xdg-utils wget
sudo npm install --global --unsafe-perm puppeteer
sudo chmod -R o+rx /usr/lib/node_modules/puppeteer/.local-chromium


Install the package through composer

composer require verumconsilium/laravel-browsershot

After the package is installed the service provider will be automatically discovered and two new Facades PDF and Screenshot will be available


The recommended way to use this package is through its Facades


Generating a PDF from a view and returning it inline

  use VerumConsilium\Browsershot\Facades\PDF;
  return PDF::loadView('', $data)

You can chain all the methods available in the browsershot master library

Returning the PDF as a download

  use VerumConsilium\Browsershot\Facades\PDF;
  return PDF::loadView('', $data)
            ->margins(20, 0, 0, 20)

You can pass the custom file name and additional headers the response will have to the inline and download methods like

  PDF::loadHtml('<h1>Awesome PDF</h1>') 
      ->download('myawesomepdf.pdf', [
        'Authorization' => 'token'

Persisting PDF to disk

If you would like to save the generated pdf file to your storage disk you can call the store or storeAs method

  $pdfStoredPath = PDF::loadUrl('')

This will use the default storage driver to store the pdf in the pdfs/ folder giving it a unique name. If you would like to specify the name you can call de storeAs method

  $pdfStoredPath = PDF::loadUrl('')
                      ->storeAs('pdfs/', 'google.pdf')


Screenshots are created the same way as PDFs just change the facade to Screenshot

Generating screenshots as JPG/JPEG

By default screenshots will be taken as PNG format if you would like to use JPG instead call the useJPG() method

use VerumConsilium\Browsershot\Facades\Screenshot;

Screenshot::loadView('', $data)
           ->margins(20, 0, 0, 20)