PHPWord is a powerful open-source API, written in PHP to create and read file-formats including DOC, DOCX, ODT, RTF, HTML, and PDF. Using the API you can create a document, set document properties, insert images, insert charts and more. Let’s get started with creating a simple DOCX file using PHPWord.
To create a word document using the PHPWord you need the following resources installed in your operating system:
- PHP version 5.3.3+
- XML Parser Extension ( This extension is enabled by default )
- Zend Escaper Component (You can install it using the following command)
composer require zendframework/zend-escaper
- Zend Stdlib Component (You can install it using the following command)
composer require zendframework/zend-stdlib
After that, you have your pre-requisites ready, you can install PHPWord using a simple composer command:
composer require phpoffice/phpword
Create a Word Document
Creating a word document is simple. You need to create a new document using PhpWord() method, create a new section using addSection() method and add text in it using addText() method. The following is the code snippet to create a simple 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 $section->addText( 'File Format Developer Guide - ' . 'Learn about computer files that you come across in ' . 'your daily work at: www.fileformat.com' ); // Save document $objWriter = \PhpOffice\PhpWord\IOFactory::createWriter($phpWord, 'Word2007'); $objWriter->save('D:\HelloWorld.docx');
The following is the output document: