Laravel Add Text to PDF File Example

Sep 30, 2022 . Admin

Hello Friends,

In this example, I will show you laravel add text to a pdf file example. if you want to see an example of how to edit a pdf file in laravel then you are in the right place. I would like to show you the laravel add image on an existing pdf file. I’m going to show you about laravel fpdf fpdi example. So, let's follow a few steps to create an instance of laravel setasign/fpdf.

You can use this example with laravel 6, laravel 7, laravel 8, and laravel 9 versions.

Sometimes, we need to edit an existing pdf file in the laravel application. You can not edit existing pdf with dompdf. However, we can add text and images using the setasign/fpdf and setasign/fpdi composer packages.

In this example, I will take one sample.pdf file and add text as with an image on that pdf file. Then we will save that file as a sample_output.pdf file. so let's see the below step to do this example.

Step 1: Install Laravel

first of all we need to get a fresh Laravel version application using the bellow command, So open your terminal OR command prompt and run the bellow command:

composer create-project laravel/laravel example-app
Step 2: Install fpdf and fpdi Package

here, we will install the fpdf and fpdi packages for editing the pdf file. so, let's run the bellow commands:

composer require setasign/fpdf
composer require setasign/fpdi
Step 3: Create Route

In this step we need to create one route for editing the pdf file. let's add the below route on the web.php file.

use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Route;
use App\Http\Controllers\PDFController;
| Web Routes
| Here is where you can register web routes for your application. These
| routes are loaded by the RouteServiceProvider within a group which
| contains the "web" middleware group. Now create something great!
Route::get('fill-data-pdf', [PDFController::class,'index']);
Step 4: Create Controller

in this step, we need to create PDFController with index() and fillPDFFile() method.

php artisan make:controller PDFController

Then put your sample.pdf file in the public folder.

Add the below code on the controller file.

namespace App\Http\Controllers;
use Illuminate\Http\Request;
use setasign\Fpdi\Fpdi;
class PDFController extends Controller
     * Write code on Method
     * @return response()
    public function index(Request $request)
        $filePath = public_path("sample.pdf");
        $outputFilePath = public_path("sample_output.pdf");
        $this->fillPDFFile($filePath, $outputFilePath);
        return response()->file($outputFilePath);
     * Write code on Method
     * @return response()
    public function fillPDFFile($file, $outputFilePath)
        $fpdi = new FPDI;
        $count = $fpdi->setSourceFile($file);
        for ($i=1; $i<=$count; $i++) {
            $template = $fpdi->importPage($i);
            $size = $fpdi->getTemplateSize($template);
            $fpdi->AddPage($size['orientation'], array($size['width'], $size['height']));
            $fpdi->SetFont("helvetica", "", 15);
            $fpdi->SetTextColor(1, 106, 254);
            $left = 10;
            $top = 10;
            $text = "";
            $fpdi->Image("file:///var/www/example-app/public/logomy-web-tuts-new.png", 40, 90);
        return $fpdi->Output($outputFilePath, 'F');
Step 5: Start Development Server

Start the development server. Use the PHP artisan serve command and start your server:

php artisan serve

Now you are ready to run our example so run the below command to quick run.


I hope it can help you...