mPDF Manual – What Else Can I Do


(mPDF >= 5.7)

CSS “z-index” can be used to utilise layers in the PDF document.

CSS can set the z-index for any block element or image (default = 0). This does not work on block elements with fixed or absolute position.

Set the Initial state for each layer

You can set initial state=”hidden” for a specific z-index (z), and/or specify a display name for the Layer e.g.


$mpdf->layerDetails[z]['state']='hidden';    // Set initial state of layer - "hidden" or nothing

$mpdf->layerDetails[z]['name']='Correct Answers';
  • where z= the z-index (set by CSS)


  • Using layers automatically changes the resulting PDF document to PDF 1.5 version (which is incompatible with PDFA and PDFX in mPDF).
  • You cannot nest layers - inner values will be ignored

Display the Layers pane in PDF document viewer

$mpdf-&gt;open_layer_pane (set by default as $this->open_layer_pane=false in config.php) can be set to open the layers pane in the browser when the document is opened.


$mpdf->open_layer_pane = true;

Set Programatically

If you are writing the PDF document using functions other than WriteHTML(), you can set the layers as follows:





Reserved Layer Names

mPDF automatically adds layer names for visibility: “Print only”, “Screen only”, and “Hidden”; these only show when utilised.