How to Add Password Protection for PDF File in Laravel?

By Hardik Savani April 16, 2024 Category : Laravel


Now, let's see an example of how to set a password in pdf laravel. I would like to share with you password protect pdf in laravel. This article will give you a simple example of laravel pdf password protection. you can understand the concept of how to add a password in the pdf file laravel.

In this tutorial, I will show you how to add password protection in pdf file using laravel. we will use php-pdftk github composer package to protect the pdf file. php-pdftk provide setPassword(), setUserPassword() and passwordEncryption() method that can help to set password.

You can use this example with laravel 6, laravel 7, laravel 8, laravel 9, laravel 10 and laravel 11 version. so let's follow bellow tutorial.


Step 1: Install Laravel

I am going to explain step by step from scratch so, we need to get fresh Laravel application using bellow command, So open your terminal OR command prompt and run bellow command:

composer create-project --prefer-dist laravel/laravel blog

Step 2: Install php-pdftk Package

first of all we will install mikehaertl/php-pdftk composer package by following composer command in your laravel application.

composer require mikehaertl/php-pdftk

you must need to install pdftk in your system. If you are using ubuntu then you can install pdftk by following command:

sudo apt install pdftk

Step 3: Add Route

In this is step we need to create routes for items listing. so open your "routes/web.php" file and add following route.



use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Route;

use App\Http\Controllers\PDFController;



| Web Routes



| Here is where you can register web routes for your application. These

| routes are loaded by the RouteServiceProvider within a group which

| contains the "web" middleware group. Now create something great!



Route::get('download-pdf', [PDFController::class, 'downloadPDF']);

Step 4: Add Controller

Here,we require to create new controller PDFController that will manage downloadPDF method of route.

Make sure you have created "files" folder in public directory and put "itsolutionstuff.pdf" dummy pdf file, so we are using that existing pdf file here.

So let's put bellow code.



namespace App\Http\Controllers;

use mikehaertl\pdftk\Pdf;

class PDFController extends Controller



* Write code on Method


* @return response()


public function downloadPDF()


$filePath = public_path('files/itsolutionstuff.pdf');

$pdf = new Pdf($filePath);

$password = '123456';

$userPassword = '123456a';

$result = $pdf->allow('AllFeatures')





if ($result === false) {

$error = $pdf->getError();


return response()->download($filePath);



Run Laravel App:

All the required steps have been done, now you have to type the given below command and hit enter to run the Laravel app:

php artisan serve

Now, Go to your web browser, type the given URL and view the app output:


Now we are ready to run this example and check it...

I hope it can help you...

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