PDF Press (5-Site License)


Doug Black, Jr.

3rd Party (Commercial)

EE Version Support

  • ExpressionEngine 2


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  • Updater
  • Multi Site Manager
  • Stand Alone Entry Form
  • Low Variables
  • Content Elements
  • Better Workflow
  • Matrix
  • Grid
  • Webservice
  • Publisher


  • jQuery for the Control Panel

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Save any ExpressionEngine HTML/CSS template to PDF in a matter of seconds without an additional API or monthly fee. Make downloadable order recipients, invoices, product brochures and case studies. Unicode is supported, save PDFs to other character sets such as Arabic, Chinese, and Cyrillic.

This is for the 5 site developer license for PDF Press. Please see the main add-on page for more information about PDF Press, support, and other resources.


PDF Press for ExpressionEngine allows you to save the HTML/CSS in your templates to PDF without a monthly fee. Create an unlimited number of PDFs and save over $1000 a year! Turn any ExpressionEngine template into a rich PDF document in a matter of seconds.

See it in Action

(Click the button above for a PDF of this page)

Wow your visitors

Make beautiful order recipients, invoices, product brochures, case studies and other downloadable documents using ExpressionEngine. We support Unicode, so other languages such as Arabic, Chinese, and Cyrillic are supported!

No Awkward Conversations

You can offer your clients unlimited HTML to PDF downloads without having to explain why they need to signup for a monthly service from PDFCrowd.

You’re in Control

Set the PDF size, orientation, filename, encryption, passwords and more!

Peace of Mind

We have your back, if you have any issues with PDF Press we’ll help you fix it. If PDF Press doesn’t meet your needs we’ll refund your purchase fully with no questions asked.

What others are saying

“Works great, and the debug view really helped with the pdf css design.”

“I found this an excellent solution for a client who requested PDF versions for content on their site.”

“PDF Press is awesome . . . It does exactly what I need it to do.”


The syntax is very easy to use, you have the option of using two ExpressionEngine tags to generate a pdf

{exp:pdf_press:save_to_pdf} : generates a link to download the template as a PDF and it has the following parameters:

{exp:pdf_press:parse_pdf}...{/exp:pdf_press:parse_pdf} :this tagpair will create a PDF file using whatever HTML & EE tags are inside the tagpair. This is useful for logged in member only pages.


PDF Press does support Unicode through the DOMPDF library, however you will need to properly load a Unicode font. See the “PDF Press User Guide” for more information.

Images & Stylesheets

NEW: Now it�¢ï¿½ï¿½s possible to add images & CSS in your PDF even if �¢ï¿½ï¿½allow_url_fopen�¢ï¿½ï¿½ is disabled by your hosting provider! See the �¢ï¿½ï¿½Tips & Troubleshooting�¢ï¿½ï¿½ section in the docs for the {exp:pdf_press:physical_path}tag and how you can use it for images & CSS stylesheets.


Certain customers who have reviewed PDF Press negatively had the mistaken expectation that PDF Press can render a webpage to PDF exactly as its rendered in the browser. PDF Press is meant to offer designers and developers a simple tool to craft PDFs for EE templates (think of it more like a “print-friendly” view) at a very low cost (monthly HTML to PDF tools charge monthly and other HTML to PDF php components cost thousands of dollars). It will take effort on the part of the customer to craft the PDF to output in a way suitable for the PDF format.

Similarly, PDF Press does not support responsive frameworks such as Bootstrap or Foundation. I’m not sure why anyone would need responsive CSS for a paper-based document format but if you need that feature please find a different HTML to PDF product.

If you have any questions before you buy you can contact me on the forums. Thanks!

PDF Press (5-Site License) Links

This entry was created August 9, 2013, 9:44 am.
This entry was last updated December 20, 2021, 8:05 am.

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