CXV. Printer Functions


These functions are only available under Windows 9.x, ME, NT4 and 2000. They have been added in PHP 4.0.4.


This PECL extension is not bundled with PHP.

Windows users must enable php_printer.dll inside of php.ini in order to use these functions. 可以从不同的 PECL 页面(选择适合自己 PHP 版本的库)取得未绑定的 PECL 扩展:PECL for PHP 4.3.xPECL for PHP 5.0.x PECL Unstable


这些函数的行为受 php.ini 的影响。

表格 1. Printer configuration options

有关 PHP_INI_* 常量进一步的细节与定义参见附录 G

printer_abort -- Deletes the printer's spool file
printer_close -- Close an open printer connection
printer_create_brush -- Create a new brush
printer_create_dc -- Create a new device context
printer_create_font -- Create a new font
printer_create_pen -- Create a new pen
printer_delete_brush -- Delete a brush
printer_delete_dc -- Delete a device context
printer_delete_font -- Delete a font
printer_delete_pen -- Delete a pen
printer_draw_bmp -- Draw a bmp
printer_draw_chord -- Draw a chord
printer_draw_elipse -- Draw an ellipse
printer_draw_line -- Draw a line
printer_draw_pie -- Draw a pie
printer_draw_rectangle -- Draw a rectangle
printer_draw_roundrect -- Draw a rectangle with rounded corners
printer_draw_text -- Draw text
printer_end_doc -- Close document
printer_end_page -- Close active page
printer_get_option -- Retrieve printer configuration data
printer_list -- Return an array of printers attached to the server
printer_logical_fontheight -- Get logical font height
printer_open -- Open connection to a printer
printer_select_brush -- Select a brush
printer_select_font -- Select a font
printer_select_pen -- Select a pen
printer_set_option -- Configure the printer connection
printer_start_doc -- Start a new document
printer_start_page -- Start a new page
printer_write -- Write data to the printer

add a note add a note User Contributed Notes
proton dot mule at gmail dot com
15-Apr-2006 01:08
Re: generating a PDF from PHP, there is also the File::PDF package from the PEAR repository. It's based on FPDF.
arne dot briesenick at soxabo dot de
28-Sep-2004 10:42
Printing in UN*X is possible too:

function lpr($STR,$PRN) {
$prn=(isset($PRN) && strlen($PRN))?"$PRN":C_DEFAULTPRN ;
$CMDLINE="lpr -P $prn ";
$pipe=popen("$CMDLINE" , 'w' );
  if (!
$pipe) {print "pipe failed."; return ""; }
// lpr()

You pipe the stream/string/char/sign whatever to the system. In the example shown above you have to add at least the string for printing in the function call. The second arg is a printer name which if you don't set will be set to the C_DEFAULTPRN. This is a constant definition from an ini file.

Hope this will help to save a lot of time ;-)
jason at matteson dot com
12-Mar-2004 07:01
You can print in XP. AND, you can print to a shared printer with XP. The drivers for the printer MUST be installed on ther server as well as on the computer you wish to print with. Also, the printer must be shared on the client computer.

I am using a Zebra LP2844 Thermal Barcode Printer in my application. I am running XP Pro,Apache 1.3.27, PHP 4.3+.

Here is a function I use in our churches checkin system.  I use this to print directly to our printer with out having to use any Javascript.

First, i give the function the name of the shared printer.

Second, I get the client computers host name. You could use just REMOTE_ADDR too I suppose.

Then I return a correctly formatted Windows path to the shared printer for the

function getPrinter($SharedPrinterName) {
   global $REMOTE_ADDR;
   $host  =  getHostByAddr($REMOTE_ADDR);
   return "\\\\".$host."\\".$SharedPrinterName;

$handle  =  printer_open(getPrinter("Eltron"));

So, as long as you KNOW the computers are suppose to have a shared printer called "Eltron", you're all set to start sending info to the printer with the other Printer functions.

macagomez at yahoo dot com
28-Jul-2003 05:35
Please notice that what is printed is NOT measured in pixels, it is measured in pronter's dots.
Apply to fonts, coordinates and bit maps.
04-May-2003 06:31
Should be pretty obvious, but in case there is any confusion...
The printer in question is one that is connected to the _server_, not the _client_.
jwlash at acm dot org
20-Feb-2003 03:40
I have noticed the for unix based systems you can also do this:

system("lp $filename")

surak at surak dot eti dot br
05-Feb-2003 02:30
[Editor's Note]
There is another free one available at

As Bert said, a pdf generator wouldn't be bad. There is a free one at , which can do the job. Inspite of the fact it is a little bit rough, it works fine and quite fast. It's just a matter of throwing the pdf file to ghostscript print it.
21-Jan-2003 08:22
If you want to address the printer from your PHP-application in a Un*x environment:
This is possible if you use a different method.
In Unix it would not be logical to address your printer directly from php, but you could for instance generate a PDF-file with PDFlib (or a textfile, or a PNG/JPEG image with GD or what have you) and write it from your php-script to a directory that you use as a "printer-outbox."

Next, you write a shellscript that calls some unix tool to print all pdf or other documents in your "outbox" directory and then deletes all files in that directory.

Then you use crontab to run this script every minute or as often as you think it's neccessary.

You could of course also call the shellscript from your php-application with exec() but you'll probably want to avoid using exec() and the like for security reasons.
kincaic at swbell dot net
23-May-2002 12:23
The X and Y co-ordinates are in dots. 

Get the printer resolution BEFORE printing anything and convert all co-orditantes to dots in the current resolution. 

Trying to change the resolution does NOT work in Win2000.

Anybody know where the source to php_printer.dll is kept?  I would like to fix some of the bugs that I have found.