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PHP mPDF save file as PDF

Posted by: admin April 23, 2020 Leave a comment

Questions:

I have a page which uses mPDF which when you run displays a PDF in the browser, it can also be saved from here as a PDF no problem. What I would like to happen is when the page is run and generates a PDF that the page is saved as a PDF on the server.

Here is the current code:

<?php
include $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'].'/include/seo-check/lib/WSAclient.php';
include $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'].'/include/seo-check/lib/WSAParser.php';

$reportID= $_GET['reportid'];

$WSAclient = new WSAclient(WSA_USER_ID,WSA_API_KEY);

$result=$WSAclient->viewReport($reportID,WSA_SUBSCRIPTION_ID,'xml','EN');

unset($WSAclient);

ob_start();
?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
<title>PDF Report</title>
<!--Add your CSS here-->
</head>
<body>    
<?php  
echo WSAParser::viewReportResponse($result);
?>
</body>
</html>
<?php
$HTMLoutput = ob_get_contents();
ob_end_clean();


//Convert HTML 2 PDF by using MPDF PHP library
include $_SERVER['DOCUMENT_ROOT'].'/include/seo-check/lib/MPDF/mpdf.php';
$mpdf=new mPDF(); 

$mpdf->WriteHTML($HTMLoutput);
$mpdf->Output();
?>

Like I said this outputs the PDF fine but could someone tell me how to save as a PDF?

How to&Answers:

The mPDF docs state that the first argument of Output() is the file path, second is the saving mode – you need to set it to 'F'.

$mpdf->Output('filename.pdf','F');

Answer:

Try this:

$mpdf->Output('my_filename.pdf','D'); 

because:

D – means Download
F – means File-save only

Answer:

This can be done like this. It worked fine for me. And also set the directory permissions to 777 or 775 if not set.

ob_clean();
$mpdf->Output('directory_name/pdf_file_name.pdf', 'F');