Catalyst::View::PDF::Reuse - Create PDF files from Catalyst using Template Toolkit templates


Create a PDF::Reuse view:

 script/ view PDF::Reuse PDF::Reuse

In, add a configuration item for the template include path:

 __PACKAGE__->config('View::PDF::Reuse' => {
   INCLUDE_PATH => __PACKAGE__->path_to('root','templates')

In your controller:

 $c->stash->{pdf_template} = '';

In root/templates/

 [% pdf.prFont('Helvetica-Bold') %]
 [% pdf.prFontSize(20) %]
 [% pdf.prText(100,100,'Hello, World!') %]


Catalyst::View::PDF::Reuse provides the facility to generate PDF files from a Catalyst application by embedding PDF::Reuse commands within a Template Toolkit template.

Template Syntax

Within your template you will have access to a pdf object which has methods corresponding to all of PDF::Reuse's functions.

For example, to print the text Hello, World at PDF coordinates 100,100, use the following directive in your template:

 [% pdf.prText(100,100,'Hello, World') %]

Data held in the stash can be printed as follows:

 $c->stash->{list} = ['one', 'two', 'three', 'four'];

 [% y = 500 %]
 [% FOREACH item IN list %]
   [% pdf.prText(100,y,item) %]
   [% y = y - 13 %]
 [% END %]

Formatting can be defined using the Template Toolkit format plugin:

 [% USE format %]
 [% currency = format('£%.2f') %]
 [% pdf.prText(100,100,currency(10)) %]

Using existing PDF documents

The key benefit of PDF::Reuse is the ability to load an existing PDF file and use this as the basis for a new document.

For example, to produce receipts or shipping labels you could create a blank receipt in Microsoft Word, convert this to PDF, then use PDF::Reuse to add in details such as the order number and customer address.

 [% pdf.prForm('customer_receipt.pdf') %]
 [% pdf.prText(123,643,order.number) %]
 [% pdf.prText(299,643, %]

Note that the PDF document loaded by pdf.prForm must be in the same directory as your Template Toolkit template.



Render the PDF file, places the contents in $c->response->body and sets appropriate HTTP headers.

You should normally not need to use this method directly, instead forward to the PDF::Reuse view from your controller:


The filename and content disposition (inline or attachment) can be controlled by putting the following values in the stash:

 $c->stash->{pdf_disposition} = 'attachment';  # Default is 'inline'
 $c->stash->{pdf_filename}    = 'myfile.pdf';  

If the PDF filename is not specified, it will be set to the last component of the URL path, appended with '.pdf'. For example, with a URL of http://localhost/view/order/pdf/1234 the PDF filename would be set to 1234.pdf.


Renders the PDF file and returns the raw PDF data.

If you need to capture the PDF data, e.g. to store in a database or for emailing, call render_pdf as follows:

 my $pdf = $c->view("PDF::Reuse")->render_pdf($c);


Jon Allen,


Please report any bugs or feature requests to bug-catalyst-view-pdf-reuse at, or through the web interface at I will be notified, and then you'll automatically be notified of progress on your bug as I make changes.


You can find documentation for this module with the perldoc command.

 perldoc Catalyst::View::PDF::Reuse

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