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How to convert HTML + CSS to PDF using PHP?

HTML to PDF conversion might seem like a regular task, but it can be difficult to implement and maintain making your project much more complex. Thus, many nowadays solutions come from a 3rd party rigid and robust service providers. We are going to use a simple API call to take care of the conversion.

Let's begin by installing a ConvertAPI PHP Client:

composer require convertapi/convertapi-php

Note: if you don't want to use Composer, please follow the manual installation guide.

Once you have the library installed, simply run this code snippet:

ConvertApi::setApiSecret('your-secret-here');
$result = ConvertApi::convert('pdf', [
        'File' => '/path/to/my_file.html',
    ], 'html'
);
$result->saveFiles('/path/to/result/dir');

That's it, just replace your secret and path to your file and it should work straight away.

If you want a more advanced conversion with control over whether to run javascript on the web page, remove cookie warning popups, ads, etc please refer to the complete guide including an interactive demo. You will also find an auto-generated snippet at the bottom of the page!

However, this particular conversion accepts only an HTML file and all of the css and javascript should be inlined in the document. If you want to convert a web page that is hosted and accessible online by passing a web page URL instead of an HTML file, please refer to the WEB to PDF guide.

Happy coding!