How Can Generate PDF in Laravel 8 Using DomPDF

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Inside this article we will see the concept of Generate PDF in Laravel 8 Using DomPDF package. This will be very interesting topic to see. We will convert a HTML view template into PDF document.

DomPDF is a package we install via composer which helps to work with PDF. So here, the article will be step by step guide to Generate PDF file using DomPDF in laravel 8.

How to Add Image File into PDF Laravel 8, Click here.

This tutorial is not laravel 8 specific, we can use the same concept into other versions of laravel as well.

Let’s get started.


Laravel Installation

We will create laravel project using composer. So, please make sure your system should have composer installed. If not, may be this article will help you to Install composer in system.

Here is the command to create a laravel project-

$ composer create-project --prefer-dist laravel/laravel blog

To start the development server of Laravel –

$ php artisan serve

URL: http://127.0.0.1:8000

Assuming laravel already installed inside your system.


Install dompdf Package

Here, we will install a pdf package to laravel application. Open project in terminal and type this composer command to install.

$ composer require barryvdh/laravel-dompdf

When we install we should see the given image in terminal


Package Configuration in Application

Successfully, we have installed above. Next, we need to set some application configuration.

Open app.php from /config/app.php

Search for the array of Providers and aliases. Add the given code into providers and aliases array.

//.. Other Codes

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

Add Route

To add application route, open up the file web.php from /routes.

Open web.php and add this following code.

# Import Controller Class
use App\Http\Controllers\PDFController;

# Add Route
Route::get('generate-pdf', [PDFController::class, 'generatePDF']);

Create Controller

Open laravel application into terminal and run this following command. This command will create a controller class file at location /app/Http/Controllers

$ php artisan make:controller PDFController

Open controller file and write the given code into that.

<?php

namespace App\Http\Controllers;

use Illuminate\Http\Request;
use PDF;

class PDFController extends Controller
{
    public function generatePDF()
    {
        $data = [
            'title' => 'Welcome to OnlineWebTutorBlog.com',
            'author' => "Sanjay"
        ];
          
        $pdf = PDF::loadView('my-pdf-file', $data);
    
        return $pdf->download('onlinewebtutorblog.pdf');
    }
}

Create PDF Template File

Create a file named as my-pdf-file.blade.php at /resources/views folder.

This template file will be the layout for pdf file.

Open file my-pdf-file.blade.php

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
    <title>Title From OnlineWebTutorBlog</title>
</head>
<body>
    <h1>Title: {{ $title }}</h1>
    <h3>Author: {{ $author }}</h3>
    <p>ut aliquip ex ea commodoconsequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse
    cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidata.</p>
</body>
</html>

Application Testing

Open project to terminal and type the command to start development server

$ php artisan serve

Open up the URL – http://localhost:8000/generate-pdf

When we type this URL, it will download a pdf file into system.

We hope this article helped you to learn about i.e How Can Generate PDF in Laravel 8 Using DomPDF Tutorial in a very detailed way.

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