I would like to generate a custom pdf upon sale and attach it to the sales email all within a custom module.

I think I need to extend Magento\Sales\Model\Order\Pdf\AbstractPdf to generate the pdf but I am not certain.

Has anyone done this before or has any idea if I'm on the right track?

// edit:

As per the comments, here is a basic layout as to how I included http://www.fpdf.org/ into my custom module:

First I downloaded the fpdf package. I extracted the files and placed them all into my Modules Helper folder, which now looks like this:

- Helper -- font (folder) -- makefont (folder) -- FPDF.php -- Data.php

Data.php is the only file I already had in this folder as it contains my helper Data class.

Next I edited the FPDF.php and added my modules namespace to it.

I edited my helper Data.php file and use my namespaces FPDF class:

use Company\ModuleName\Helper\FPDF as FPDF;

I defined any pdf infos I need in the data Class - you do not need this:

protected $pdfFileDir = 'someDir/someSubDir/';
protected $logo1 = 'myLogo.jpg';
protected $logo2 = 'myExtraLogo.jpg';

 * @var \Company\ModuleName\Helper\FPDF
protected $_pdf;

and construct it

 * @param \Company\ModuleName\Helper\FPDF $pdf
 * @param array $data
public function __construct(
    FPDF $pdf,
    array $data = []
) {
    $this->_pdf = $pdf;

I then created my method and generate the pdf:

public function generatePdf($productId, $someOtherVars)
    #start the pdf
    $pdf = new FPDF();

    $pdf->SetAutoPageBreak(0, 5);
    $pdf->SetFont('Arial', 'B', 16);

    // do your FPDF stuff here
    // eg: $pdf->Cell('', '', iconv('UTF-8', 'windows-1252', 'Page Header Title'), 0, 1);

    // $pdf->Ln(8);
    // $pdf->Cell('', '', $today, 0, 1, 'L');
    // and so forth .. see the FPDF documentation

    // render pdf
    $filename = 'somename' . $productId . '.pdf';
    $pdf->Output($this->getPdfBaseDir() . $filename, 'F');

    return $this->getPdfBaseDir() . $filename;

Then you call your method in your controller via your helper (which you need to include of course):


  • Did you get anywhere with this? – LM_Fielding Jul 6 '16 at 9:41
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    I didn't go that route after all. I tried but in the end it seemed too complex to try and use the AbstractPdf class. I ended up including FPDF with my module (in the Helper) and used it to generate the pdf files. fpdf.org – tecjam Jul 6 '16 at 10:21
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    Brilliant. Did you consider dompdf? github.com/dompdf/dompdf – LM_Fielding Jul 6 '16 at 10:25
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    I did, but one reason as to why I didn't use it was that I didn't want to have to render the html first and then have to render the html into the pdf. There were other reasons too, but I can not recall what they were. For your use it may be better, but only you can decide that. – tecjam Jul 6 '16 at 11:39
  • Hello, any updates on this question. I am trying to generate PFD for my custom module- Magento2. – Dev Nov 14 '16 at 7:09

You can use FPDF or TCPDF for creating PDF.

Try to run one of the following command from M2 root directory

composer require setasign/fpdf:1.8.1

It will add fpdf library in vendor folder as setasign/fpdf. Once fpdf install you can use FPDF in you custom module for creating PDF.

$pdf= new \FPDF();


composer require tecnickcom/tcpdf

It will add tcpdf library in vendor folder as tecnickcom/tcpdf. Once tcpdf install you can use TCPDF in you custom module for creating PDF.



Magento2: How to create a PDF in a custom module

public function execute()
    $file = $this->getRequest()->getParam('file');

    if(isset($file) && !empty($file)) {

        $pdf = \Zend_Pdf::load($this->directory_list->getPath(DirectoryList::MEDIA) . DIRECTORY_SEPARATOR . $file);
        $fileName = test.pdf;
        str_replace('/Annot /Subtype /Link', '/Annot /Subtype /Link /Border[0 0 0]', $pdf->render()),

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