PDF Generation via PHP

Difference between TCPDF and FPDF



TCPDF is now one of the world’s most active Open Source projects, used daily by millions of users and included in thousands of CMS and Web applications, tcpdf.org

Main Features:

  • No external libraries are required for the basic functions;
  • All standard page formats, custom page formats, custom margins and units of measure;
  • UTF-8 Unicode and Right-To-Left languages;
  • TrueTypeUnicode, OpenTypeUnicode, TrueType, OpenType, Type1 and CID-0 fonts;
  • Font subsetting;
  • Methods to publish some XHTML + CSS code, Javascript and Forms;
  • Images, graphic (geometric figures) and transformation methods;
  • Supports JPEG, PNG and SVG images natively, all images supported by GD (GD, GD2, GD2PART, GIF, JPEG, PNG, BMP, XBM, XPM) and all images supported via ImagMagick (http: www.imagemagick.org/www/formats.html)
  • 1D and 2D barcodes: CODE 39, ANSI MH10.8M-1983, USD-3, 3 of 9, CODE 93, USS-93, Standard 2 of 5, Interleaved 2 of 5, CODE 128 A/B/C, 2 and 5 Digits UPC-Based Extention, EAN 8, EAN 13, UPC-A, UPC-E, MSI, POSTNET, PLANET, RMS4CC (Royal Mail 4-state Customer Code), CBC (Customer Bar Code), KIX (Klant index – Customer index), Intelligent Mail Barcode, Onecode, USPS-B-3200, CODABAR, CODE 11, PHARMACODE, PHARMACODE TWO-TRACKS, Datamatrix ECC200, QR-Code, PDF417;
  • ICC Color Profiles, Grayscale, RGB, CMYK, Spot Colors and Transparencies;
  • Automatic page header and footer management;
  • Document encryption up to 256 bit and digital signature certifications;
  • Transactions to UNDO commands;
  • PDF annotations, including links, text and file attachments;
  • Text rendering modes (fill, stroke and clipping);
  • Multiple columns mode;
  • No-write page regions;
  • Bookmarks and table of content;
  • Text hyphenation;
  • Text stretching and spacing (tracking/kerning);
  • Automatic page break, line break and text alignments including justification;
  • Automatic page numbering and page groups;
  • Move and delete pages;
  • Page compression (requires php-zlib extension);
  • XOBject templates;
  • PDF/A-1b (ISO 19005-1:2005) support.


FPDF or Free PDF is a PHP class which allows to generate PDF files with pure PHP, you may use it for any kind of usage and modify it to suit your needs. www.fpdf.org

Main Features:

  • Choice of measure unit, page format and margins
  • Page header and footer management
  • Automatic page break
  • Automatic line break and text justification
  • Image support (JPEG, PNG and GIF)
  • Colors
  • Links
  • TrueType, Type1 and encoding support
  • Page compression