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This filter allows you to manipulate the raw PDF template HTML before it's sent to mPDF for rendering. This is a quick and dirty way to modify the PDF HTML dynamically. If you are instead looking to modify a field's mark-up there are better filters for the job.

If you do use this filter we recommend making your changes using a DOM parser. Gravity PDF includes the QueryPath library, which is specifically designed to make it simple to manipulate HTML.


$html | string : The PDF template HTML in string format

$form | array : The current Gravity Form array

$entry | array : The raw Gravity Form Entry array.

$settings | array : The current PDF configuration array.

$Helper_PDF | object : The initialised GFPDFHelperHelper_PDF class


This snippet uses the GFPDF\\Helper\\Helper_QueryPath class to load, manipulate and return our HTML. In this sample we're making the colour of all our v4 template labels red.

add_filter( 'gfpdf_pdf_html_output', function( $html, $form, $entry, $settings, $Helper_PDF ) {

/* Initialise like this */
$qp = new GFPDF\\Helper\\Helper_QueryPath();
$wrapper = $qp->html5( $html );

$label = $wrapper->find( '.label strong' );

/* Make all our field labels red */
$label->css( 'color', 'red' );

return $wrapper->top( 'html' )->innerHTML5();

}, 10, 5 );

You might also like to use this filter to insert new mark-up between certain fields. This snippet inserts a <hr /> tag every three rows – but you could change that to a page break or any other HTML tag:

add_filter( 'gfpdf_pdf_html_output', function( $html, $form, $entry, $settings, $Helper_PDF ) {

$qp = new GFPDF\\Helper\\Helper_QueryPath();
$wrapper = $qp->html5( $html );

/* Insert a <hr> tag every three rows */
$separator = $wrapper->find( '.row-separator:nth-of-type(3n)' );
$separator->append( '<hr />' );

return $wrapper->top( 'html' )->innerHTML5();

}, 10, 5 );

As you can see the Query Path library is very powerful and we strongly recommend you use it for manipulating HTML.

If you need to, you also have the option to specifically target PDF templates assigned to individual Gravity Forms:

/* Only run this filter on Gravity Form #5 */
add_filter( 'gfpdf_pdf_html_output_5', function( $html, $form, $entry, $settings, $Helper_PDF ) { }, 10, 5 )

Source Code

This filter is located in the Helper_PDF::render_html() method of /src/helper/Helper_PDF.php.