TCPDF – PHP library for generating PDF documents on-the-fly

This is a PDF generation library that does not require external libraries for basic functions, image processing will need GD but that’s all.

In short this is a PDF generator lib with minimum system requirements, you can integrate it to some older projects.

So if you have an old server with PHP 5.2 / 5.3 and can not install anything like ImageMagicX, you can try this out.

Main Features:

  • no external libraries are required for the basic functions;

  • all standard page formats, custom page formats, custom margins and units of measure;

  • UTF-8 Unicode and Right-To-Left languages;

  • TrueTypeUnicode, OpenTypeUnicode v1, TrueType, OpenType v1, Type1 and CID-0 fonts;

  • font subsetting;

  • methods to publish some XHTML + CSS code, Javascript and Forms;

  • images, graphic (geometric figures) and transformation methods;

  • supports JPEG, PNG and SVG images natively, all images supported by GD (GD, GD2, GD2PART, GIF, JPEG, PNG, BMP, XBM, XPM) and all images supported via ImagMagick (

  • 1D and 2D barcodes: CODE 39, ANSI MH10.8M-1983, USD-3, 3 of 9, CODE 93, USS-93, Standard 2 of 5, Interleaved 2 of 5, CODE 128 A/B/C, 2 and 5 Digits UPC-Based Extension, EAN 8, EAN 13, UPC-A, UPC-E, MSI, POSTNET, PLANET, RMS4CC (Royal Mail 4-state Customer Code), CBC (Customer Bar Code), KIX (Klant index – Customer index), Intelligent Mail Barcode, Onecode, USPS-B-3200, CODABAR, CODE 11, PHARMACODE, PHARMACODE TWO-TRACKS, Datamatrix, QR-Code, PDF417;

  • JPEG and PNG ICC profiles, Grayscale, RGB, CMYK, Spot Colors and Transparencies;

  • automatic page header and footer management;

  • document encryption up to 256 bit and digital signature certifications;

  • transactions to UNDO commands;

  • PDF annotations, including links, text and file attachments;

  • text rendering modes (fill, stroke and clipping);

  • multiple columns mode;

  • no-write page regions;

  • bookmarks, named destinations and table of content;

  • text hyphenation;

  • text stretching and spacing (tracking);

  • automatic page break, line break and text alignments including justification;

  • automatic page numbering and page groups;

  • move and delete pages;

  • page compression (requires php-zlib extension);

  • XOBject Templates;

  • Layers and object visibility.

  • PDF/A-1b support.

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