Generate Documents in PHP With an Excel Template


April 27th, 2022

Generate Documents in PHP With an Excel Template

The AnourValar/office package is a PHP +8.1 library to generate documents from XLSX templates. Given a template like the following example template (from the readme):

Excel template example

Using the following code you can generate a document using the template values:

$data = [
// scalar
'vat' => 'No',
'total' => [
'price' => 2004.14,
'qty' => 3,
// one-dimensional table
'products' => [
'name' => 'Product #1',
'price' => 989,
'qty' => 1,
'date' => new \DateTime('2022-03-30'),
'name' => 'Product #2',
'price' => 1015.14,
'qty' => 2,
'date' => new \DateTime('2022-03-31'),
// Save as XLSX (Excel)
(new \AnourValar\Office\TemplateService())
'template1.xlsx', // path to template
$data // input data
'generated_document.xlsx', // path to save
\AnourValar\Office\Format::Xlsx // save format

Which produces the following based on the template1.xlsx file:

Generated Excel document from a template

When saving the document, this package supports multiple save formats, including:

  • XLSX
  • PDF
  • HTML
  • ODS

Apart from generating files from XLSX templates, this package also supports:

  • Two-dimensional tables
  • Image insertion
  • Dynamic templates
  • Merge multiple documents into a single file
  • Export Table (grid service)

See the README for further details on how to use this package. You can learn more about this package, get full installation instructions, and view the source code on GitHub.

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Paul Redmond

Full stack web developer. Author of Lumen Programming Guide and Docker for PHP Developers.