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dompdf is an HTML to PDF converter. At its heart, dompdf is (mostly) CSS 2.1 compliant HTML layout and rendering engine written in PHP. It is a style-driven renderer: it will download and read external stylesheets, inline style tags, and the style attributes of individual HTML elements. It also supports most presentational HTML attributes.

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  • handles most CSS 2.1 and a few CSS3 properties, including @import, @media & @page rules
  • supports most presentational HTML 4.0 attributes
  • supports external stylesheets, either local or through http/ftp (via fopen-wrappers)
  • supports complex tables, including row & column spans, separate & collapsed border models, individual cell styling
  • image support (gif, png (8, 24 and 32 bit with alpha channel), bmp & jpeg)
  • no dependencies on external PDF libraries, thanks to the R&OS PDF class
  • inline PHP support


  • PHP 5.0+ (5.3 recommended)
  • MBString extension
  • DOM extension (bundled with PHP 5)
  • Some fonts. PDFs internally support Helvetica, Times-Roman, Courier & Zapf-Dingbats, but if you wish to use other fonts you will need to install some fonts. dompdf supports the same fonts as the underlying R&OS PDF class: Type 1 (.pfb with the corresponding .afm) and TrueType (.ttf). The DejaVu TrueType fonts are already installed for you and provide decent Unicode support. See the font installation instructions for more information on how to use fonts.

Easy Installation

Install with git

From the command line switch to the directory where dompdf will reside and run the following commands:

git clone
git submodule init
git submodule update

Install with composer

To install with Composer, simply add the requirement to your composer.json file:

  "require" : {
    "dompdf/dompdf" : "dev-master"

And run Composer to update your dependencies:

$ curl -sS | php
$ php composer.phar update

Before you can use the Composer installation of DOMPDF in your application you must disable the default auto-loader and include the configuration file:

// somewhere early in your project's loading, require the Composer autoloader
// see:
require 'vendor/autoload.php';

// disable DOMPDF's internal autoloader if you are using Composer
define('DOMPDF_ENABLE_AUTOLOAD', false);

// include DOMPDF's default configuration
require_once '/path/to/vendor/dompdf/dompdf/';

Download and install

Download an archive of dompdf and extract it into the directory where dompdf will reside

Limitations (Known Issues)

  • not particularly tolerant to poorly-formed HTML input (using Tidy first may help).
  • large files or large tables can take a while to render
  • CSS float is not supported (but is in the works).
  • If you find this project useful, please consider making a donation.

(Any funds donated will be used to help further development on this project.)
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