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mpdf class not fount error CI 4.1.5
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I am using CI 4.1.5, installed from composer. On fedora 35 x86_54.

Code:
$ composer create-project codeigniter4/appstarter ci4-mpdf


I installed mpdf from composer as well, the code I use in the invocation is:

Code:
$ composer require mpdf/mpdf


PHP Code:
<?php
namespace App\Controllers;

class 
Home extends BaseController{
     public function index(){
         $mpdf = new \Mpdf\Mpdf();
         $html view('html_to_pdf',[]);
         $mpdf->WriteHTML($html);
         $this->response->setHeader('Content-Type''application/pdf');
         $mpdf->Output('arjun.pdf','I');
     }



And I also modified it as follows:

PHP Code:
<?php
namespace App\Controllers;
use 
Mpdf\Mpdf;

class 
Home extends BaseController{
     public function index(){
         $mpdf = new Mpdf();
         $html view('html_to_pdf',[]);
         $mpdf->WriteHTML($html);
         $this->response->setHeader('Content-Type''application/pdf');
         $mpdf->Output('arjun.pdf','I');
     }


and the error show this:

Code:
Error
Class "Mpdf\Mpdf" not found
APPPATH/Controllers/Home.php at line 43

38    {
39        return view('welcome_message');
40    }
41
42    public function pdf(){
43        $mpdf = new Mpdf();



Checking the composer autoload file, I found that it does not include the mpdf installation path, I tried to regenerate it with composer dump-autoload and it still does not work.

I tried to add it manually, and it doesn't work either. Is it necessary to modify some other composer path or add the mpdf installation manually?

Thanks!
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#2

if what your trying to do is so surfers can download a pdf version of your web page , then i can tell you i have had success with : https://packagist.org/packages/tecnickcom/tcpdf


Now i installed that via entry in composer.json file but it didn't work

Now in that particular case, the tcpdf.php main file had no namespace , so i had to load it in app/Config/Autoload.php using :

Code:
public $classmap = [  'TCPDF'=>ROOTPATH.'tecnickcom/tcpdf/tcpdf.php'
   ];


if mpdf files have a namespace then you can try running :

Code:
composer dump-autoload


have a look inside class files to see if they have a namespace or not.
I use Arch Linux by the way 

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#3

Thank you for your response.

I need mpdf or tcpdf, to generate sales reports, tickets, inventory, or reports cash dynamically.
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#4

(This post was last modified: 11-19-2021, 11:04 AM by captain-sensible. Edit Reason: forgot something )

yeah i've got it working for blog postings - basically using output from database and links in view , whaterver blog is posted its possible to download a pdf of it.

i can't show you live since waiting for daughter to come up with one. I'll have a look maybe over week end at mpdf .

if its not considered shameless promotion of my CMS by mods you can download :
https://sourceforge.net/projects/codeigniter4cms/ unzip go into controllers

Code:
and look at  ProducePDF.php  in controllers.

look at app/Config/Autoload.php to see how i make sure class  can be found by system .


look at blogArticle.php  in vews to see how i dynamically list link to produce pdf

look at routes  , particularly :   $routes->get('linkPdf/(:segment)','ProducePDF::getPdf/$1');

if you want the thing to run, go into route of unzip and run from cli (depending on how you have composer set up , better still if your on linux ) : composer install


thats because to cut down on download i didn't upload vendor.


that should give you a clue of basics how i did it
I use Arch Linux by the way 

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#5

(11-19-2021, 11:03 AM)captain-sensible Wrote: yeah i've got it working for blog postings - basically using output from database and  links in view , whaterver blog is posted its possible to download a pdf of  it.

i can't show you live since waiting for daughter to come up with one. I'll have a look maybe over week end at mpdf .

if its not considered shameless  promotion of my CMS by mods you can download : 
https://sourceforge.net/projects/codeigniter4cms/    unzip go into controllers

Code:
and look at  ProducePDF.php  in controllers.

look at app/Config/Autoload.php to see how i make sure class  can be found by system .


look at blogArticle.php  in vews to see how i dynamically list link to produce pdf

look at routes  , particularly :  $routes->get('linkPdf/(:segment)','ProducePDF::getPdf/$1');

if you want the thing to run, go into route of unzip and run from cli  (depending on how you have composer set up , better still if your on linux )  :  composer install


thats because to cut down on download i didn't upload vendor.


that should give you a clue of basics how i did it

thanks, i try it.
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#6

Are you sure the installation is in ci4-mpdf directory?
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#7

(11-21-2021, 04:18 AM)nfaiz Wrote: Are you sure the installation is in ci4-mpdf directory?

Hi, yeap.

The files package are inside vendor folder /mpdf/mpdf
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#8

(This post was last modified: 11-22-2021, 11:20 AM by ferb.)

II found the error:

On my local lo server, I found that a php library was missing for gd. And this was causing mpdf version 6.1.3 to be installed, the current version is 8.0.10, however composer was not installing it.

So I installed the missing library, updated composer and everything worked perfectly, now I can use the mpdf library.
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#9

(This post was last modified: 11-28-2021, 03:50 AM by captain-sensible. Edit Reason: spelling )

Recently i had trouble with html 2 pdf on the fly on my live server hosting. While getting help from web support, I had a play with Dompdf. I also had a quick look at mpdf and then back to the original library tcpdf.


if your requirement is just getting text from html then , mpdf ( https://packagist.org/packages/mpdf/mpdf ) is really easy.

Composer should not be run as root, so that can pose some problems running composer from inside your web app on live server , i've found particularly if web app is a sub domain or directory within your main hosting. Maybe its my hosting ?

A hack around running composer live, i've found, is simply to get things working on local dev , running composer on local dev, zipping up the whole vendor directory and then over writing the vendor directory on the live server. Its worked for me !

So on local dev say to get mpdf , from a linux command line ( you are using linux i hope ) cd to web root and run :
Code:
composer   require mpdf/mpdf


Doing that should put mpdf library in your CI vendor directory, and you should also see it updates your composer.json file eg :


Code:
"require": {
        "php": ">=7.2",
        "codeigniter4/framework": "^4",
        "twbs/bootstrap": "^4.5",
        "tecnickcom/tcpdf": "^6.4",
        "dompdf/dompdf": "^1.1"
        
    },



Now the autoloader should take care of your CI app finding the library.

The way I use it is on the html page for a blog, is to present a link which includes the slug of the blog title.

So basically when someone clicks on a get page as pdf link , it goes to a route ,which then invokes a controller class and its method to do the work.

IN my case the link( for a blog entry ) is in the form :

Domain.com/linkPdf/slug

This will invoke route :

Code:
$routes->get('linkPdf/(:segment)','ProducePDF::getPdf/$1');


The controller class is ProducePDF and the class method is : getPdf()

Basically it will retrieve from the database the blog title, article and image name,


Anyway, let me give a simple example of using mpdf in a controller.

At the beginning of the controller :

Code:
use Dompdf\Dompdf;

the above means use namespace called Dompdf and use the class also called Dompdf


Now the basics of using mpdf in a controller are :



Code:
$mystring ="<h1>   some html text </h1>";
$someTitle = " hello world";

$dompdf->loadHtml($mystring);

// set paper size and orientation
$dompdf->setPaper('A4', 'portrait');

// render html as pdf

$dompdf->render();

$dompdf ->stream($someTitle".pdf");
// what you will see at this stage is a save fiel coming up in your browser

How do you evoke controller in the first place. Well its easy if the html is stored in a database with say field for say title, main article , slug, image, then all you have to do is get the strings for the text , containing html

then you can use a link on a view, which uses a route so that it goes t o a controller to do all the work

Since my daughter has now got around to doing her first blog post , you can see html 2 pdf, being produced on the fly by clicking "cms in action " below my post then on menu blogs -> click on the single listing -> bottom of page -> pdf link.

You should get a pdf file that has the blog image inserted.


Now I played with mdpf to insert image and it was a bit of a pain conversion to base64 being needed, so i just used tcpdf instead.

getting html2pdf is more complicated with tcpdf
I use Arch Linux by the way 

CMS in Action
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#10

I get every thing working on my local system using vhosts, then I upload ftping every thing to the root.

Only change I have to make is change public to public_html because my live server uses that.
I change it on my local server ftp to root and it just runs right off.
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