mPDF Manual – mPDF functions


Output – Finalise the document and send it to specified destination


string Output ( [ string $filename [, string $dest ])

Send the document to a given destination: browser, file or string. In the case of browser, the plug-in may be used (if present) or a download (“Save as” dialog box) may be forced.



The name of the file. If not specified, the document will be sent to the browser (destination \Mpdf\Output\Destination::INLINE).

BLANK or omitted: 'doc.pdf'


Destination where to send the document. Use class constants from \Mpdf\Output\Destination for better readability and understandability

Default: \Mpdf\Output\Destination::INLINE

\Mpdf\Output\Destination::INLINE, or "I"
send the file inline to the browser. The plug-in is used if available. The name given by $filename is used when one selects the “Save as” option on the link generating the PDF.
\Mpdf\Output\Destination::DOWNLOAD, or "D"
send to the browser and force a file download with the name given by $filename.
\Mpdf\Output\Destination::FILE, or "F"
save to a local file with the name given by $filename (may include a path).
\Mpdf\Output\Destination::STRING_RETURN, or "S"
return the document as a string. $filename is ignored.


Example #1

// Sends output inline to browser
$mpdf = new \Mpdf\Mpdf();
$mpdf->WriteHTML('Hello World');


Example #2

$mpdf = new \Mpdf\Mpdf();
$mpdf->WriteHTML('Hello World');

// Saves file on the server as 'filename.pdf'
$mpdf->Output('filename.pdf', \Mpdf\Output\Destination::FILE);

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