RockPdf is a wrapper around the mPDF library ( While mPDF is a great library it has many parts that are for my taste far too complicated to use.

RockPdf provides helpers to make those tasks easy and fun and also provides several ProcessWire specific shortcuts, for example to save a generated PDF directly to a ProcessWire files field.


First, create the file /site/test.php:

<h1>Hello World</h1>

Then put this in /site/ready.php:

/** @var RockPdf $pdf */
$pdf = $modules->get('RockPdf');
  ->save(preview: true);

Then reload your page and you'll see your very first generated RockPdf! 😎🚀

RockPdf - RockPdf

Pro-Tip: Enable RockFrontend's LiveReload feature to get live updates of your PDF as soon as you change your markup or stylesheet! 🚀

Pro-Tip 2: As you can see in the screenshot you can use Tracy Debugger to dump variables directly to the screen when working with more complex PDFs! bd() is your friend 🤩

You can also use variables in that loaded file:

/** @var RockPdf $pdf */
$pdf = $modules->get('RockPdf');
  ->load("/site/test.php", [
    // make page 123 available as $page in the document
    'page' => $pages->get(123),
    'foo' => 'Foo Value',
    'date' => date("Y-m-d"),
  ->save(preview: true);

Obviously generating a PDF on every page request does not make much sense for a real world use case. But it's great to show you how quick and easy it is to get startet with RockPdf!


You are wondering why not just use mPDF directly? Take a look at this example!

Adding fonts in mPDF:

require_once 'path/to/mpdf/vendor/autoload.php';

$defaultConfig = (new Mpdf\Config\ConfigVariables())->getDefaults();
$fontDirs = $defaultConfig['fontDir'];

$defaultFontConfig = (new Mpdf\Config\FontVariables())->getDefaults();
$fontData = $defaultFontConfig['fontdata'];

$mpdf = new \Mpdf\Mpdf([
    'fontDir' => array_merge($fontDirs, [
        __DIR__ . '/custom/font/directory',
    'fontdata' => $fontData + [ // lowercase letters only in font key
        'frutiger' => [
            'R' => 'Frutiger-Normal.ttf',
            'I' => 'FrutigerObl-Normal.ttf',
    'default_font' => 'frutiger'

// more code to load markup from /site/test.php

// even more code to save and view the PDF

Adding fonts in RockPdf (with live preview):

    'R' => '/site/templates/fonts/Frutiger-Normal.ttf',
    'I' => '/site/templates/fonts/FrutigerObl-Normal.ttf',
  ->save(preview: true);

Now let's proceed to some real world examples...