Laravel 6 - How to generate HTML to PDF with laravel domPDF

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In this article we will share with you how to generate HTML to PDF in laravel help of barryvdh/laravel-dompdf. in laravel application many time you neet to generate report in PDF. so, barryvdh/laravel-dompdf package is best for generate your HTML content in PDF. and barryvdh/laravel-dompdf package is very easy to use in your laravel application.

if you never use barryvdh/laravel-dompdf before then don't worry in this tutorials we share with you step by step how to generate HTML to PDF in you laravel application.

In this tutorials we will generate static HTML file into domPDF but you can also generate dynamic HTML file with domPDF.

Step - 1 Install package

First we need to install barryvdh/laravel-dompdf package in laravel application help of following commant.

composer require barryvdh/laravel-dompdf

Step - 2 Configure package

After install barryvdh/laravel-dompdf package then you should configure some setting in laravel application. just following this small things. open you config/app.php file and set following values into providers array as well as aliases array.

'providers' => [
	....
	Barryvdh\DomPDF\ServiceProvider::class,
],
'aliases' => [
	....
	'PDF' => Barryvdh\DomPDF\Facade::class,
],

After configure app.php file then open your bootstrap/app.php file and following line just before return $app veriable

$app->singleton(\Barryvdh\DomPDF\ServiceProvider::class);

return $app;

Now, register DomPDF's app service provider then publish it's service provider run by following command in you terminal/cmd.

php artisan vendor:publish --provider="Barryvdh\DomPDF\ServiceProvider"

After run this command the default configuration file automatic generated in config/dompdf.php. you can modify this setting depend on requiremen.

Step - 3 Generate route

Now, create one GET route for generate HTML to PDF.

Route::get('generate-html-to-pdf', 'HtmlToPDFController@index')->name('generate-html-to-pdf');

Step - 4 Create controller file

After create route then we need to create also HtmlToPDFController controller using following commant run in your termimnal or cmd.

php artisan make:controller HtmlToPDFController

After run this commant your HtmlToPDFController.php file automatic created on app/Http/Controllers folder. just open it and write following code into that file.

<?php

namespace App\Http\Controllers;

use App\Http\Requests;
use Illuminate\Http\Request;
use DB;
use PDF;

class HtmlToPDFController extends Controller
{
    /**
     * Show the application dashboard.
     *
     * @return \Illuminate\Http\Response
     */
    public function index(Request $request)
    {
        $users = DB::table("users")->get();
        view()->share('users',$users);

        if($request->has('download')){
        	// Set extra option
        	PDF::setOptions(['dpi' => 150, 'defaultFont' => 'sans-serif']);
        	// pass view file
            $pdf = PDF::loadView('pdfview');
            // download pdf
            return $pdf->download('pdfview.pdf');
        }
        return view('pdfview');
    }
}

Step - 5 Create blade/view file

After done controller file then we create one laravel blade HTML file which generated into PDF file. Now we are create one simple blade file in resources/views/pdfview.blade.php file and here we are make very simple html layout for generate pdf file.

<head>
	<title>User list - PDF</title>
	<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="https://maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.3.7/css/bootstrap.min.css">
</head>
<div class="container">
	<a href="{{ route('generate-pdf',['download'=>'pdf']) }}">Download PDF</a>
	<table class="table table-bordered">
		<thead>
			<th>Name</th>
			<th>Email</th>
		</thead>
		<tbody>
			@foreach ($users as $key => $value)
			<tr>
				<td>{{ $value->name }}</td>
				<td>{{ $value->email }}</td>
			</tr>
			@endforeach
		</tbody>
	</table>
</div>

Note : if you show following error when generate pdf

ErrorException in AdobeFontMetrics.php line 45:
fopen(/var/www/Laravel/LaraDemo/storage/fonts//c47afe5539ba1b2094563d54dce2def7.ufm): failed to open stream: No such file or directory

Solution : please create one empty fonts folder in the storage directory and give it permission 777.

We hope these small tutorials help everyone. if you like this article then please comment below. Thanks..


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