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Generating PDFs from HTML and PhantomJS

Generating PDFs is one of those things that can be a pain in the arse to build, but is quite a common requirement of web applications.

There are many ways to generate PDFs dynamically, from using some king of object builder, to using XML and an XSLT template. But by far the easiest is using plain old HTML, CSS and PhantomJS.

In today’s tutorial I’m going to walk you through how I generate PDFs in web applications.


Freek Van der Herten is a partner and developer at Spatie, an Antwerp based company that specializes in creating web apps with Laravel. After hours he writes about modern PHP and Laravel on this blog. When not coding he’s probably rehearsing with his kraut rock band. He loves waffles and butterflies.