mPDF Manual


mPDF is a PHP class which generates PDF files from UTF-8 encoded HTML. It is based on FPDF and HTML2FPDF with a number of enhancements.

The original author, Ian Back, wrote mPDF to output PDF files 'on-the-fly' from his website, handling different languages. It is slower than the original scripts e.g. HTML2FPDF and produces larger files when using Unicode fonts, but support for CSS styles etc. and has been much enhanced – see the features.

Useful manual pages


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These are the most used acronyms throughout this manual.

  • CJK - Chinese-Japanese-Korean languages
  • HTML - Hypertext Markup Language (code used to display Internet pages)
  • IE - Internet Explorer (Microsoft)
  • LTR - Left-to-Right document, used for most langauges
  • PDF - Portable Document Format
  • PHP - PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor
  • RTL - Right-to-Left document, used for Hebrew and Arabic languages
  • ToC - Table of Contents