Create PDF using fpdf, then send email with pdf as attachment

Posted on 2012-04-03
Last Modified: 2012-04-03
Can you please look at the below code which should create a PDF using fpdf and send as an attachment.

However the email is not getting sent. Can you please let me know what I am doing wrong?



class PDF_reciept extends FPDF {
	function __construct ($orientation = 'P', $unit = 'pt', $format = 'Letter', $margin = 40) {
		$this->FPDF($orientation, $unit, $format);
		$this->SetAutoPageBreak(true, $margin);
	function Header () {
		$this->SetFont('Arial', 'B', 20);
		$this->SetFillColor(36, 96, 84);
		$this->Cell(0, 30, "Nettuts+ Online Store", 0, 1, 'C', true);
	function Footer () {
		$this->SetFont('Arial', '', 12);
		$this->SetXY(40, -60);
		$this->Cell(0, 20, "Thank you for shopping at Nettuts+", 'T', 0, 'C');
function PriceTable($products, $prices) {
	$this->SetFont('Arial', 'B', 12);
	$this->SetFillColor(36, 140, 129);
	$this->Cell(427, 25, "Item Description", 'LTR', 0, 'C', true);
	$this->Cell(100, 25, "Price", 'LTR', 1, 'C', true);
	$this->SetFont('Arial', '');
	$fill = false;
	for ($i = 0; $i < count($products); $i++) {
		$this->Cell(427, 20, $products[$i], 1, 0, 'L', $fill);
		$this->Cell(100, 20, '$' . $prices[$i], 1, 1, 'R', $fill);
		$fill = !$fill;
	$this->Cell(100, 20, "Total", 1);
	$this->Cell(100, 20, '$' . array_sum($prices), 1, 1, 'R');

$pdf = new PDF_reciept();
$pdf->SetFont('Arial', 'B', 12);

$pdf->Cell(100, 13, "Ordered By");
$pdf->SetFont('Arial', '');

$pdf->Cell(100, 13, $_POST['name']);

$pdf->SetFont('Arial', 'B');
$pdf->Cell(50, 13, "Date:");
$pdf->SetFont('Arial', '');
$pdf->Cell(100, 13, date('F j, Y'), 0, 1);

$pdf->SetFont('Arial', 'I');
$pdf->Cell(200, 15, $_POST['address'], 0, 2);
$pdf->Cell(200, 15, $_POST['city'] . ',' . $_POST['province'] , 0, 2);
$pdf->Cell(200, 15, $_POST['postal_code'] . ' ' . $_POST['country'], 0, 2);


$pdf->PriceTable($_POST['product'], $_POST['price']);


$message = "Thank you for ordering at the Nettuts+ online store. Our policy is to ship your materials within two busness days of purchase. On all orders over $20.00, we offer free 2-3 day shipping. If you haven't recieved your items in 3 busines days, let us know and we'll reimburse you 5%.\n\nWe hope you enjoy the items you have purchased. If you have any questions, you can email us at the following email address:";

$pdf->MultiCell(0, 15, $message);

$pdf->SetFont('Arial', 'U', 12);
$pdf->SetTextColor(1, 162, 232);

$pdf->Write(13, "", "");

/*$pdf->Output('reciept.pdf', 'F');*/

$attachment->AddStringAttachment($pdf->Output('', 'S'), 'message.pdf', "base64", 'application/pdf');
$to = '';
$subject = 'Test Email';

// Headers
$headers = "MIME-Version: 1.0\r\n"; 
$headers .= 'Content-type: text/html; charset=UTF-8"' . "\r\n"; 
$headers .= 'From: ' . $from . "\r\n"; 
$headers .= $attachment;

// Message
$message = "<html><meta http-equiv=\"Content-Type\" content=\"text/html; charset=UTF-8\" /><head></head><body>\r\n";
$message.= "Test Email";

mail($to, $subject, $message, $headers);

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Question by:petewinter
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gr8gonzo earned 350 total points
ID: 37800449
You have this code:

  $attachment->AddStringAttachment($pdf->Output('', 'S'), 'message.pdf', "base64", 'application/pdf');

...but I don't see $attachment being defined or created anywhere. I believe that AddStringAttachment is a function of PHPMailer, which you don't appear to be using (but it is a good class, so I would recommend using it).
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by:Ray Paseur
Ray Paseur earned 150 total points
ID: 37801145
Just a thought... Why send the email with an attachment?  Many mail reader programs for mobile devices cannot use attachments, and proliferating copies of the information is not to anybody's advantage.  Maybe instead you could store the PDF file on the server and send the client a clickable URL that links to the PDF.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 37801212
Thanks Both and good point Ray_Paseur. A link maybe the best solution

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