Get started generating PDF’s today! Part 1 – installation


FPDF describes itself as

FPDF is a PHP class which allows to generate PDF files with pure PHP, that is to say without using the PDFlib library. F from FPDF stands for Free: you may use it for any kind of usage and modify it to suit your needs.


  1. Download the library and place it in a directory accessible by your web server

    It generally makes sense to put it in an includes directory.

  2. Include it in your web application
  3. Create the page

For more information and tutorials on building pdfs you can go to the FPDF website and reference their tutorials and the manual

We will be continuing this series soon with a closer look at our options when creating a page. Some things to look for are:

  • Changing page orientation and size
  • Changing Font styles
  • Changing the size and style of text cells
  • The different options for saving the final product

Read Part 2 – playing with the options

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