Dompdf library

General plugins (Local) ::: local_dompdf
Maintained by Darko Miletić
Dompdf is an HTML to PDF converter. It is intended to be used as a library by other plugins.
Latest release:
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Current versions available: 2

Dompdf is an HTML to PDF converter

At its heart, dompdf is (mostly) a CSS 2.1 compliant HTML layout and rendering engine written in PHP. It is a style-driven renderer: it will download and read external stylesheets, inline style tags, and the style attributes of individual HTML elements. It also supports most presentational HTML attributes.


  • Moodle 2.9+
  • MBString extension


  • OPcache (OPcache, XCache, APC, etc.): improves performance
  • IMagick or GMagick extension: improves image processing performance

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Internal settings

By default whenever a PDF is generated systems uses $CFG->localcachedir/dompdf to store temporary data.


To create new instance of the PDF class use following code:

$pdf = \local_dompdf\api\pdf::createnew();

This gives you an instance of \Dompdf\Dompdf class and you just use it as outlined in the official library documentation.

Images stored in Moodle HTML editor.

In case you want to convert to PDF HTML that does contain images coming from Moodle internal file systems you need to employ the image recoding for each specific field.

For example if you have a place where you can set the image in HTML editor when you retrieve it from database to display it on screen you use this code:

$rawtext = $DB->get_field('sometable', 'somefield', ['id' => 123]);
$options = [
    'noclean' => true, 'para' => false, 'filter' => true,
    'context' => $context, 'overflowdiv' => true
$intro = file_rewrite_pluginfile_urls(
    $rawtext, 'pluginfile.php', $context->id, $component, $filearea, $itemid
$value = format_text($intro, $format, $options, null);

For Dmpdf this does not work. There is a specific rewrite method that encode's images directly into html and makes them usable by library:

$rawtext = $DB->get_field('sometable', 'somefield', ['id' => 123]);
$options = [
    'noclean' => true, 'para' => false, 'filter' => true,
    'context' => $context, 'overflowdiv' => true
$intro = \local_dompdf\api\pdf::file_rewrite_image_urls(
    $rawtext, $itemid, $filearea, $contextid, $component 
$value = format_text($intro, $format, $options, null);


Examples are located in examples directory of the plugin.


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