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    If I want to allow users to create a pdf from a php results page, what’s the easiest way to do this?

    I found this while googling, but it’s down or something because when I add their button to my pages the convert page just stays blank. But how are they doing that? Is there away to add my own javascript for this function?


    You aren’t going to be able to convert a page to pdf with Javascript because it’s a client-side language (i.e. it runs on the user’s web browser). If the users have a pdf generator (e.g. Adobe Acrobat Pro) installed then they will be able to save the page as a pdf using that, but that’s of no help to you.

    Since you are generating the page using PHP, I suggest you look at a pdf generator library such as FPDF or DOMPDF. These allow you to generate a pdf file using PHP in much the same way that you generate HTML.

    One way to implement this would be to add a query string to the url to specify the output format. E.g:
    HTML –
    PDF –

    This way you merely need <a href="?output=pdf">View as PDF</a> on your page to download the pdf.


    The FPDF worked great, thank you.

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