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(PHP 4 >= 4.0.5, PECL pdflib >= 1.0.0)

PDF_findfontPrepare font for later use [deprecated]


int PDF_findfont ( resource $p , string $fontname , string $encoding , int $embed )

Search for a font and prepare it for later use with PDF_setfont(). The metrics will be loaded, and if embed is nonzero, the font file will be checked, but not yet used. encoding is one of builtin, macroman, winansi, host, a user-defined encoding name or the name of a CMap. Parameter embed is optional before PHP 4.3.5 or with PDFlib less than 5.

This function is deprecated since PDFlib version 5, use PDF_load_font() instead.

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sebastien at galliot dot com
12 years ago
Display UTF-8 string with your PDFlib and true type font

/*  UTF-8 : Unicode encoded string with PDFlib & Php
$pdf = pdf_new();
if (!
pdf_open_file($pdf, ""))

PDF_begin_page($pdf, 600,800);

// set the textformat parameter to utf8
pdf_set_parameter($pdf, "textformat", "utf8");  

// path of your TTF font directory
$fontdir = "/path/to/font/directory/";

// Open few .TTF (true type font) 
// be sure that your font file contains enough character for your language

pdf_set_parameter($pdf, "FontOutline", "ArialUnicode=$fontdir/ARIALUNI.TTF");
pdf_set_parameter($pdf, "FontOutline", "ArialItalic=$fontdir/ariali.ttf");

// UTF-8 encoded string (this is bulgarian (cyrillic alphabet))   
$utf_8_string ="Потребление" ;

// Set the font
$font = PDF_findfont($pdf, "ArialUnicode", "unicode",0);
pdf_setfont($pdf, $font, 15);  
// output the encoded string with Arial Unicode font
pdf_show_xy($pdf"Arial Unicode : $utf_8_string"   ,40 ,700);  

// output the encoded string with Arial Italic font
$font = PDF_findfont($pdf, "ArialItalic", "unicode",0);
pdf_setfont($pdf, $font, 15);  
pdf_show_xy($pdf"Arial Italic  : $utf_8_string"   ,40 ,650);  


$buf = pdf_get_buffer($pdf);
$len = strlen($buf);

header("Content-type: application/pdf");
header("Content-Length: $len");
header("Content-Disposition: inline; filename=foo.pdf");


Shamun Toha
8 years ago
* This is an example of my first PDF test
* Worked by NuSphere PHPed
* Manualy downloaded library from

* Stage - 1
* Resource create for PDF library
$pdf = PDF_new();

* Stage - 2
* Save where? Path to create the file.
pdf_open_file($pdf, "c:\heloworld.pdf");

* Stage - 3
* Page diemention (A4)
pdf_begin_page($pdf, 595, 842);

* Stage - 4
* path of your TTF font directory
* can also use pdf_load_font();
$fontdir = "C:\WINDOWS\Fonts";
pdf_set_parameter($pdf, "FontOutline", "arialMyName=$fontdir\arial.ttf");
$arial = PDF_findfont($pdf,"arialMyName","host",0 );

* Stage - 5
* Set font size and font name
pdf_setfont($pdf, $arial, 10);

* Stage - 6
* print text
pdf_show_xy($pdf, "Hellow World? ",50, 750);
pdf_show_xy($pdf, "Test 1, 2, 3, 4 working. ", 50,730);

* Stage - 7
* end page

* Stage - 8
* close and save file


Output as pdf:
#   Hellow World?
#   Test 1, 2, 3, 4 working.
R. Christiaanse
11 years ago
If you get the following error,

"PDFlib error: [2518] PDF_findfont: No file specified with outline data for font ..."

you might try the following:

1. Take care the environment variable PDFLIBRESOURCE is correctly set.
   You can set it like this: putenv("PDFLIBRESOURCE=C:\phpdev\php\pdf-related\pdflib.upr");
2. Take care the resource variabele used by PDFLib is correctly set.

   You can set it like this: pdf_set_parameter($pdf, "resourcefile", "C:\phpdev\php\pdf-related\pdflib.upr");
3. Take care the resource file and fonts can be found by adjusting your local include path.

   You can set it like this: ini_set('include_path', 'C:/phpdev/php/pdf-related');
4. Take care the paths in the PDFLIB resource file are correct

   Open pdflib.upr in a text editor and modify the path entry (read the comments):
   Example: /C:/phpdev/php/pdf-related
5. Leave the optional parameter 'embed' out:

   Like this:

   if ($font = pdf_findfont($pdf, "Helvetica", "host", 0))
     pdf_setfont($pdf, $font, 12);
   Or this:
   if ($font = pdf_findfont($pdf, "Helvetica", "host"))
     pdf_setfont($pdf, $font, 12);

I hope this could be of help to you...
13 years ago
An easy way to use .ttf fonts under *nix:

pdf_set_parameter($pdf, "FontOutline", "Arial=/var/path/to/font/arial.ttf");
jurgen dot php dot net at nospam dot thewicked dot nl
13 years ago
try this nice *nix shell code to generate the FontAFM section of your UPR files:

   for i in *.afm
           sep=`echo -e "\r"`
           file=`cat $i | grep FontName | cut -b 10-`
           echo "$file=$i"

it gererates something like this:


probably usefull if you add fonts now and then...
dont be shy to mail me if you find this usefull!
chkim at secuve dot com
14 years ago
you can use korean font.

$font_kr = PDF_findfont($pdf, "HYSMyeongJoStd-Medium-Acro", "KSC-EUC-H", 0);
mitch at nospam dot unixprogramming dot net
15 years ago
A note on fonts...

Everyone should take a look at the PDFlib manual, section 3.3.5 on TrueType fonts and such. In order to not have to embed fonts and have the font metrics file available use one of the 14 internal PDFlib fonts (case sensitive) :

Courier, Courier-Bold, Courier-Oblique, Courier-BoldOblique,
Helvetica, Helvetica-Bold, Helvetica-Oblique, Helvetica-BoldOblique,
Times-Roman, Times-Bold, Times-Italic, Times-BoldItalic,
Symbol, ZapfDingbats

Note that "Times New Roman" isn't in there (Times-Roman is, however). All is explained in the PDFlib manual so if you're having trouble with the above example, please check it out.
bob at nijman dot de
15 years ago
Try this:


//Create & Open PDF-Object
$pdf = pdf_new();
pdf_set_info($pdf, "Author","Bob Nijman");
pdf_begin_page($pdf, 300, 300);

$font = pdf_findfont($pdf, "Times New Roman", "host", 1);
if (
$font) {
pdf_setfont($pdf, $font, 30);

$string = "Hello Berlin-Mitte!";

$width = pdf_stringwidth($pdf, $string);
pdf_set_text_pos($pdf, (300-$width)/2, 200);
pdf_show($pdf, $string);

//close it up
$data = pdf_get_buffer($pdf);
header('Content-type: application/pdf');
header('Content-disposition: inline; filename=myTest.pdf');
header('Content-length: ' . strlen($data));

martin at better-com dot de
15 years ago
For using pdf_findfont with pdf_setfont it's a good idea to copy your fonts to a separate directory, i.e. /usr/local/fonts. You should also copy the upr file which comes with PDFlib to this directory. The example code above did not work here until I put a

pdf_set_parameter($pdf, "resourcefile", "/usr/local/fonts/pdflib.upr");

before the line with pdf_findfont().
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