Laravel 11 Generate PDF and Send Email Tutorial

By Hardik Savani May 24, 2024 Category : Laravel

In this tutorial, I will show you how to generate pdf file and send email attachments in laravel 11 application.

In this example, I will simply use dompdf to generate a PDF file and send an email with a PDF attachment. We will use Gmail SMTP for the mail driver. You just need to follow a few steps to create a simple example of sending an email with the created PDF file in a Laravel app.

laravel 11 generate pdf and send email

Step for Laravel 11 Send Email with PDF Attachment Example

  • Step 1: Install Laravel 11
  • Step 2: Install dompdf Package
  • Step 3: Make Configuration
  • Step 4: Create Mail Class
  • Step 5: Add Route
  • Step 6: Add Controller
  • Step 7: Create View File
  • Run Laravel App

Step 1: Install Laravel 11

This step is not required; however, if you have not created the Laravel app, then you may go ahead and execute the below command:

composer create-project laravel/laravel example-app

Step 2: Install dompdf Package

First of all, we will install the barryvdh/laravel-dompdf composer package by following the composer command in your Laravel application.

composer require barryvdh/laravel-dompdf

Step 3: Make Configuration

In the first step, you have to add send mail configuration with mail driver, mail host, mail port, mail username, and mail password so Laravel will use those sender details on the email. So you can simply add the following:



Step 4: Create Mail Class

We are going from scratch, and in the first step, we will create an email for testing using the Laravel Mail facade. So let's simply run the command below.

php artisan make:mail MailExample

Now you will have a new folder "Mail" in the app directory with the MailExample.php file. So let's simply copy the below code and paste it into that file.


namespace App\Mail;
use Illuminate\Bus\Queueable;
use Illuminate\Contracts\Queue\ShouldQueue;
use Illuminate\Mail\Mailable;
use Illuminate\Mail\Mailables\Content;
use Illuminate\Mail\Mailables\Envelope;
use Illuminate\Queue\SerializesModels;
use Illuminate\Mail\Mailables\Attachment;
class MailExample extends Mailable
    use Queueable, SerializesModels;
    public $mailData;
     * Create a new message instance.
    public function __construct($mailData)
        $this->mailData = $mailData;
     * Get the message envelope.
    public function envelope(): Envelope
        return new Envelope(
            subject: $this->mailData['title'],
     * Get the message content definition.
    public function content(): Content
        return new Content(
            view: 'emails.myTestMail',
            with: $this->mailData
     * Get the attachments for the message.
     * @return array
    public function attachments(): array
        return [
            Attachment::fromData(fn () => $this->mailData['pdf']->output(), 'Report.pdf')

Step 5: Add Route

In this step, we need to create routes for item listings. So open your routes/web.php file and add the following route.


use Illuminate\Support\Facades\Route;
use App\Http\Controllers\PDFController;
Route::get('send-email-pdf', [PDFController::class, 'index']);

Step 6: Add Controller

Here, we need to create a new controller PDFController that will manage the index method of the route. So let's add the code below.


namespace App\Http\Controllers;
use Illuminate\Http\Request;
use App\Mail\MailExample;
use PDF;
use Mail;
class PDFController extends Controller
     * Show the application dashboard.
     * @return \Illuminate\Http\Response
    public function index()
        $data["email"] = "";
        $data["title"] = "From";
        $data["body"] = "This is Demo";
        $pdf = PDF::loadView('emails.myTestMail', $data);
        $data["pdf"] = $pdf;
        Mail::to($data["email"])->send(new MailExample($data));
        dd('Mail sent successfully');

Step 7: Create View File

In the last step, let's create myTestMail.blade.php (resources/views/emails/myTestMail.blade.php) for the layout of the PDF file and put the following code:


<!DOCTYPE html>
    <h1>{{ $title }}</h1>
    <p>{{ $body }}</p>
    <p>Thank you</p>

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:



I hope it can help you...