Open Source PHP Library for Microsoft® Word Documents

Read, Write, Process & Convert MS Word DOC, DOCX, ODT, RTF & HTML files to PDF format via PHP API.

What is PHPWord?

PHPWord is an open-source library that consists of classes to assist you in developing PHP applications that can interact with various document file formats. PHPWord is licensed under LGPL Version 3 and enables you to work with document settings, styles, templates, and various other elements.

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Getting Started with PHPWord

To create a word document using the PHPWord you need the following resources installed in your operating system:

  • PHP version 5.3.3+
  • Composer
  • XML Parser Extension( This extension is enabled by default )
  • Zend Escaper Component Install it using composer require zendframework/zend-escaper

Create Word Document using PHPWord

PHPWord allows the developers to create new Word Document (DOCX) from scratch. It allows you to add new paragraphs, titles, text, images, hyperlinks, charts and more. Creating a word document is simple, you need to create a new document using PhpWord() method.

Create Word in PHP

  1. Create word document using PhpWord
  2. Add section in document
  3. Add text in section
  4. Save document

Create a Word Document - PHP

require_once 'vendor\phpoffice\phpword\bootstrap.php';

// Create the new document..
$phpWord = new \PhpOffice\PhpWord\PhpWord();

// Add an empty Section to the document
$section = $phpWord->addSection();
// Add Text element to the Section
  'File Format Developer Guide - '
  . 'Learn about computer files that you come across in '
  . 'your daily work at:'

// Save document
$objWriter = \PhpOffice\PhpWord\IOFactory::createWriter($phpWord, 'Word2007');

Configure Document Settings with Ease

You can perform various settings of documents. The default magnification for the document is 100% but you can change it to some other value. For double-sided documents, e.g. magazines, you can set up facing pages by mirroring the page margins. You can tweak the status of grammatical or spelling errors auto-check option.

Feature to track document revisions is also available. PHPWord can be configured to work with Latin languages, East Asian languages as well as Complex (Bi-Directional) languages. You can protect a document or its part with a password.

There are a lot of other features that PHPWord allows you to configure for documents, some of those include, document information, measure units, hyphenation, and automatic recalculation of document fields whenever the document is opened.

Set DOCX Properties - PHP

require_once 'vendor\phpoffice\phpword\bootstrap.php';

// Create the new document..
$phpWord = new \PhpOffice\PhpWord\PhpWord();

// Set document properties
$properties = $phpWord->getDocInfo();
$properties->setCreator('Ali Ahmed');
$properties->setCompany('File Format');
$properties->setDescription('File Format Developer Guide');
$properties->setCategory('My category');
$properties->setLastModifiedBy('My name');
$properties->setCreated(mktime(0, 0, 0, 3, 12, 2019));
$properties->setModified(mktime(0, 0, 0, 3, 14, 2019));

// Save document
$objWriter = \PhpOffice\PhpWord\IOFactory::createWriter($phpWord, 'Word2007');

Containers to Organize Document Elements

PHPWord has objects called containers, which hold various elements (tables, text, etc) of a document. There are 3 primary containers; sections, headers, and footers. Also, there are 3 elements that can act as containers; textures, table cells, and footnotes.

All the visible elements of a document need to be placed inside a section. You can assign page numbers, line numbers, change the layout to multi-column, and create headers/footers.

Add Header Container

require_once 'vendor\phpoffice\phpword\bootstrap.php';

// Create the new document..
$phpWord = new \PhpOffice\PhpWord\PhpWord();
// Add an empty Section to the document
$section = $phpWord->addSection();
// Add Header
$header = $section->addHeader();
// Save document
$objWriter = \PhpOffice\PhpWord\IOFactory::createWriter($phpWord, 'Word2007');

Protect Word Document via PHPWord API

It is always wise to protect or secure your important documents which encompass sensitive information. The open-source PHPWord library enables Software developers to protect their Word documents by providing a unique password inside their PHP applications. The protection will work as a safeguard, preventing unauthorized access or changes to the Word document.