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PHP Create PDF file on fly With ClibPDF

This tutorial demos how to create a PDF file on fly with ClibPDF.

Testing ClibPDF installation

First, you need test if your PHP supports ClibPDF or not. Copy the following code to a file (phpinfo.php) and save it in your web root. Then launch it like : http://your-web-site/phpinfo.php.



If your PHP supports ClibPDF, you will see an section looks like the following image:

php create dynamic pdf with cpdflib

Get input from Client

We will put client input into our PDF dynamically. Use the following code to get client input.

<title>Name Entry Level</title>
<form method="POST" action="cpdfdemo.php">

Enter your text here please =>
<input type="text" name="input" size="20" maxlength="20">

<input type="submit" value="Submit" name="submit">
<input type="reset" value="Reset" name="reset">


Create PDF with CPDF

We use the following code to create PDF. Save the following code as cpdfdemo.php.


$mytext=$_POST[' input'];
$cpdf = cpdf_open(0);

cpdf_page_init($cpdf, 1, 0, 595, 842, 1.0);

cpdf_add_outline($cpdf, 0, 0, 0, 1, "Page 1");

//write text
cpdf_setrgbcolor ($cpdf,255,0,255);
cpdf_set_font($cpdf, "Times-Roman", 30, "WinAnsiEncoding");
cpdf_set_text_rendering($cpdf, 2);
cpdf_text($cpdf, $mytext, 50, 340);


//draw a blue line
cpdf_setrgbcolor ($cpdf,0,0,255); //blue line
cpdf_moveto($cpdf, 50, 50);
cpdf_lineto($cpdf, 740, 330);

//draw a red circle
cpdf_setrgbcolor ($cpdf,255,0,0); //color read

cpdf_finalize_page($cpdf, 1);

Header("Content-type: application/pdf");

$_POST['xxx'] gets parameters from client.

cpdf_open opens a PDF file.

cpdf_page_init set PDF sizes: A4 is 595 x 842, Letter is 612 x 792 and Legal is 612 x 1008.

cpdf_add_outline adds bookmark for current page.

cpdf_setrgbcolor sets color for next drawing action.

The following code are annotated in the code.


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