Generating PDF from View File in Laravel 5 using wkhtml2pdf

Generate PDF in Laravel

Often in your projects you will come across a requirement of converting your view file into PDF. In this article we will cover a tutorial on how we can easily convert view file into PDF using NitMedia/wkhtml2pdf package.

Follow the Steps to Generate the PDF

Install Composer Package.

Open composer.json file located at the project root of your application and add the following package at require parameter

    "require": {
        ..
        ..
        ....
        "nitmedia/wkhtml2pdf": "dev-master",
    },

Run the Composer update comand

composer update nitmedia/wkhtml2pdf

Add Service Provider

Once composer update is completed, we will have the required file dependencies in our project. Let’s  go ahead and add the ServiceProvider provided by the package in our config/app.php file

 

'providers' => [
     ....
     ...
     ..
     Nitmedia\Wkhtml2pdf\L5Wkhtml2pdfServiceProvider::class,
],

At the end of config/app.php add 'PDF' => 'Nitmedia\Wkhtml2pdf\Facades\Wkhtml2pdf' to the $aliases array

    'aliases' => [
           ....
           ...
           ..
           'PDF'    => Nitmedia\Wkhtml2pdf\Facades\Wkhtml2pdf::class,
    ],

Publish Vendor

Finally, Publish the vendor file, Run the vendor:publish command

php artisan vendor:publish

This command will generate a new file Wkhtml2pdf.php under  the applications config directory. This file contains the driver to be used for PDF generation. Set the driver file accoridng to the current OS, Supported drivers include: mac osx, linux 32, linux 64

Generating PDF Files

We are now all set to generate or download PDF files in Laravel using this helpful package.

Lets create a necessary route and controller method to demonstrate the PDF generation.

Open your web.php file under routes directory and add the following route.

Route::get('/testpdf','HomeController@GeneratePDF');

Open HomeController.php located at App/Http/Controllers and add the following method.

    public function generatePDF(){
        $users = User::all();
        return PDF::html('testpdf',array('users' => $users));
    }

In this Controller method we are getting all the users from the database table and passing it on to the view file to be included in the PDF.

Let’s create a sample view file in resources/views folder named testpdf.blade.php

@extends('layouts.app')

@section('content')
<div class="container">
    <div class="row">
        <div class="col-md-8 col-md-offset-2">
            <div class="panel panel-default">
                <div class="panel-heading">PDF Report</div>

                <table class="table">
                    <tr>
                        <th>Name</th>
                        <th>Email</th>
                        <th>Created At</th>
                    </tr>
                    @foreach ($users as $user)
                        <tr>
                            <td>{{ $user->name }}</td>
                            <td>{{ $user->email }}</td>
                            <td>{{ $user->created_at }}</td>
                        </tr>
                    @endforeach
                </table>
            </div>
        </div>
    </div>
</div>
@endsection

We are displaying all the user’s in a HTML table. A PDF file is generated when you visit the /testpdf page of your application.

 

Generating PDF Laravel
Generating PDF with Laravel

Laravel PDF ExampleIf you want to force download the PDF File in Laravel using this package then do the following

 

PDF::setOutputMode('F'); // force to file
PDF::html('app.invoices.pdf',['title'=>$title],'/var/www/test.pdf'); //Custom download path

 

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