Author: Ian Back
This class is a modified version of FPDF that adds UTF-8 support. Moreover, it embeds only
the necessary parts of the fonts that are used in the document, making the file size much
smaller than if the whole fonts were embedded. These features were originally developed
for the mPDF project.
Before you can use UTF-8, you have to install at least one Unicode font in the font/unifont directory.
Some free font packages are available for download (extract them into font/unifont):
Fonts from the DejaVu family:
Fonts from the GNU FreeFont family:
You can also make your own fonts by pointing your browser to font/unifont/makefonts/makefonts.php
and following instructions (if you're on Windows).
Then, to use a Unicode font in your script, pass
true as the fourth parameter of
Note: this class requires the mbstring extension.
ExampleThis example uses the DejaVu Sans Condensed font to display some Unicode strings. Be sure to install
the font in the font/unifont directory first.
View the result here.
$pdf = new sFPDF();
// Add a Unicode font (uses UTF-8)
// Load a UTF-8 string from a file and print it
$txt = file_get_contents('HelloWorld.txt');
// Select a standard font (uses windows-1252)
$pdf->Write(5,'The file size of this PDF is only 17 KB.');
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