Reducing memory usage
mPDF < 7.0
The mPDF main file mpdf.php is over 1 MB in size. Simply to parse the mPDF class requires
over 10 MB of memory in PHP. This may not be a problem, but if your PHP configuration does not allow you to increase
memory, or you envisage multiple calls on your server at the same time, you can consider producing a ‘Lite’ form of
A utility script compress.php is included in mPDF in the root folder. This generates a new mpdf.php script omitting functions which you do not require. (It does not actually compress the file)
As from mPDF 6.0.1 this file will be distributed as
compress.php.distr to avoid other users running the file unwantedly.
To use compress, just rename the file
compress.php (and remember to delete or rename it after you have finished using it).
As a guideline:
|Version 5.1||Size of mpdf.php file||Memory usage in PHP|
|Full script||1170 kB||12.75 MB|
|Omitting functions, but including: Tables, lists and images||697 kB||7.0 MB|
|Omitting all optional functions||496 kB||5.25 MB|
Firstly, rename the mpdf.php file as mpdf_source.php
Then point your browser to [path_to_mpdf]/compress.php
Follow the instructions on screen. This will produce (overwriting if necessary) a new mpdf.php file.
Do not delete the mpdf_source file, which will remain as your original.
Tip: Consider setting
$mpdf->simpleTables = true; if you do not
need complex table borders, or
$mpdf->packTableData = true; if you do not mind
the extra processing time.
Note: mPDF >= 5.0 Ensure that you have set write permissions to temporary folders