EasyXLS

How to set header and footer in PHP

EasyXLS Excel library can be used to export Excel files with PHP on Windows, Linux, Mac or other operating systems. The integration vary depending on the operating system or if .NET Framework or Java is chosen:

EasyXLS on Windows using .NET Framework (COM+) with PHP

If you opt for the COM+ version of EasyXLS, be sure that you have EasyXLS installed and registered on your machine.

Step 1: Download and install EasyXLS Excel Library for .NET/COM+

To download the trial version of EasyXLS Excel Library, press the below button:

Download EasyXLS™ Excel Library for COM+

If you already own a license key, you may login and download EasyXLS from your account.

Step 2: Verify if COM and .NET extension is enabled in PHP

Check PHP.ini for [COM_DOT_NET] extension.

Step 3: Verify if EasyXLS is registered

Check if EasyXLS component is present in Component Services.

Step 4: Run PHP code that exports list to Excel

Execute the following PHP code that exports an Excel file with the header for center section containing the file name and a custom text, header for right section containing the date and time and footer for center section containing the page number and total number of pages.

<?php

/*==================================================================
| Tutorial 08
|
| This tutorial shows how to create an Excel file in PHP (1) having
| multiple sheets (2). The first sheet is filled with data (3)
| and the cells are formatted (4) and locked (5).
| The column header has comments (6).
| The first sheet has header & footer (7).
* ==================================================================*/
Click here to see the Excel file

include("DataType.inc");
include("Alignment.inc");
include("Border.inc");
include("Color.inc");
include("Header.inc");
include("Footer.inc");

header("Content-Type: text/html");

echo "Tutorial 08<br>";
echo "----------<br>";

// Create an instance of the class that exports Excel files (1)
$workbook = new COM("EasyXLS.ExcelDocument");

// Create two sheets (2)
$workbook->easy_addWorksheet_2("First tab");
$workbook->easy_addWorksheet_2("Second tab");

// Protect first sheet
$workbook->easy_getSheetAt(0)->setSheetProtected(true);

// Get the table of data for the first worksheet (3)
$xlsFirstTable = $workbook->easy_getSheetAt(0)->easy_getExcelTable();

// Create the formatting style for the header
$xlsStyleHeader = new COM("EasyXLS.ExcelStyle");
$xlsStyleHeader->setFont("Verdana");
$xlsStyleHeader->setFontSize(8);
$xlsStyleHeader->setItalic(True);
$xlsStyleHeader->setBold(True);
$xlsStyleHeader->setForeground((int)$COLOR_YELLOW);
$xlsStyleHeader->setBackground((int)$COLOR_BLACK);
$xlsStyleHeader->setBorderColors ((int)$COLOR_GRAY, (int)$COLOR_GRAY, (int)$COLOR_GRAY, (int)$COLOR_GRAY);
$xlsStyleHeader->setBorderStyles ($BORDER_BORDER_MEDIUM, $BORDER_BORDER_MEDIUM, 
                                        $BORDER_BORDER_MEDIUM, $BORDER_BORDER_MEDIUM);
$xlsStyleHeader->setHorizontalAlignment($ALIGNMENT_ALIGNMENT_CENTER);
$xlsStyleHeader->setVerticalAlignment($ALIGNMENT_ALIGNMENT_BOTTOM);
$xlsStyleHeader->setWrap(True);
$xlsStyleHeader->setDataType($DATATYPE_STRING);

// Add data in cells for report header
for ($column=0; $column<5; $column++)
{
    $xlsFirstTable->easy_getCell(0,$column)->setValue("Column " . ($column + 1));
    $xlsFirstTable->easy_getCell(0,$column)->setStyle($xlsStyleHeader);

    // Add comment for report header cells (6)
    $xlsFirstTable->easy_getCell(0, $column)->setComment_2("This is column no " . ($column + 1));
}
$xlsFirstTable->easy_getRowAt(0)->setHeight(30);

// Create a formatting style for cells (4)
$xlsStyleData = new COM("EasyXLS.ExcelStyle");
$xlsStyleData->setHorizontalAlignment($ALIGNMENT_ALIGNMENT_LEFT);
$xlsStyleData->setForeground((int)$COLOR_DARKGRAY);
$xlsStyleData->setWrap(false);
// Protect cells (5)
$xlsStyleData->setLocked(true);
$xlsStyleData->setDataType($DATATYPE_STRING);

// Add data in cells for report values
for ($row=0; $row<100; $row++)
{
    for ($column=0; $column<5; $column++)
    {
        $xlsFirstTable->easy_getCell($row+1,$column)->setValue("Data " . ($row + 1) .
                                                               ", " . ($column + 1));
        $xlsFirstTable->easy_getCell($row+1,$column)->setStyle($xlsStyleData);
    }
}

// Set column widths
$xlsFirstTable->setColumnWidth_2(0, 70);
$xlsFirstTable->setColumnWidth_2(1, 100);
$xlsFirstTable->setColumnWidth_2(2, 70);
$xlsFirstTable->setColumnWidth_2(3, 100);
$xlsFirstTable->setColumnWidth_2(4, 70);

// Add header on center section (7) 
$xlsFirstTab = $workbook->easy_getSheetAt(0);
$xlsFirstTab->easy_getHeaderAt_2($HEADER_POSITION_CENTER)->InsertSingleUnderline();
$xlsFirstTab->easy_getHeaderAt_2($HEADER_POSITION_CENTER)->InsertFile();
$xlsFirstTab->easy_getHeaderAt_2($HEADER_POSITION_CENTER)->InsertValue(" - How to create header and footer");

// Add header on right section
$xlsFirstTab->easy_getHeaderAt_2($HEADER_POSITION_RIGHT)->InsertDate();
$xlsFirstTab->easy_getHeaderAt_2($HEADER_POSITION_RIGHT)->InsertValue(" ");
$xlsFirstTab->easy_getHeaderAt_2($HEADER_POSITION_RIGHT)->InsertTime();

// Add footer on center section
$xlsFirstTab->easy_getFooterAt_2($FOOTER_POSITION_CENTER)->InsertPage();
$xlsFirstTab->easy_getFooterAt_2($FOOTER_POSITION_CENTER)->InsertValue(" of ");
$xlsFirstTab->easy_getFooterAt_2($FOOTER_POSITION_CENTER)->InsertPages();

// Export Excel file
echo "Writing file: C:\Samples\Tutorial08.xlsx<br>";
$workbook->easy_WriteXLSXFile("C:\Samples\Tutorial08.xlsx");

// Confirm export of Excel file
if ($workbook->easy_getError() == "")
    echo "File successfully created.";
else
    echo "Error encountered: " . $workbook->easy_getError();

// Dispose memory
$workbook->Dispose();
$workbook = null;
$xlsStyleHeader = null;
$xlsStyleData = null;

?>

Overloaded methods
For methods with same name but different parameters, only the first method overload retains the original name. Subsequent overloads are uniquely renamed by appending to the method name '_2', '_3', etc (method, method_2, method_3), an integer that corresponds to the order of declaration that can be found in EasyXLS.h, a file that comes with EasyXLS installation.

EasyXLS on Linux, Mac, Windows using Java with PHP

If you opt for the Java version of EasyXLS, a similar code as above requires PHP/Java Bridge between PHP and Java.

Step 1: Download and install EasyXLS Excel Library for Java

To download the trial version of EasyXLS Excel Library, press the below button:

Download EasyXLS™ Excel Library for Java

If you already own a license key, you may login and download EasyXLS from your account.

Step 2: Install PHP/Java Bridge

Download PHP/Java Bridge and follow the PHP/Java Bridge installation guide for directions.

Step 3: Setup EasyXLS library in Tomcat

Copy EasyXLS.jar into Tomcat installation path, lib folder.

Step 4: Run PHP code that exports list to Excel

Execute the following PHP code that exports an Excel file with the header for center section containing the file name and a custom text, header for right section containing the date and time and footer for center section containing the page number and total number of pages.

<?php require_once("http://localhost:8080/JavaBridge/java/Java.inc");

/*=============================================================
| Tutorial 08
|
| This tutorial shows how to create an Excel file in PHP having
| multiple sheets. The first sheet is filled with data
| and the cells are formatted and locked.
| The column header has comments.
| The first sheet has header & footer.
=============================================================*/

include("DataType.inc");
include("Alignment.inc");
include("Border.inc");
include("Color.inc");
include("Header.inc");
include("Footer.inc");

header("Content-Type: text/html");
	
echo "Tutorial 08<br>";
echo "----------<br>";
	
// Create an instance of the class that exports Excel files
$workbook = new java("EasyXLS.ExcelDocument");
	
// Create two sheets
$workbook->easy_addWorksheet("First tab");
$workbook->easy_addWorksheet("Second tab");

// Protect first sheet
$workbook->easy_getSheetAt(0)->setSheetProtected(true);
	
// Get the table of data for the first worksheet
$xlsFirstTable = $workbook->easy_getSheetAt(0)->easy_getExcelTable();

// Create the formatting style for the header
$xlsStyleHeader = new java("EasyXLS.ExcelStyle");
$xlsStyleHeader->setFont("Verdana");
$xlsStyleHeader->setFontSize(8);
$xlsStyleHeader->setItalic(True);
$xlsStyleHeader->setBold(True);
$xlsStyleHeader->setForeground(java("java.awt.Color")->YELLOW);
$xlsStyleHeader->setBackground(java("java.awt.Color")->BLACK);
$xlsStyleHeader->setBorderColors (java("java.awt.Color")->GRAY, java("java.awt.Color")->GRAY,
                                  java("java.awt.Color")->GRAY, java("java.awt.Color")->GRAY);
$xlsStyleHeader->setBorderStyles ($BORDER_BORDER_MEDIUM, $BORDER_BORDER_MEDIUM,
                                  $BORDER_BORDER_MEDIUM, $BORDER_BORDER_MEDIUM);
$xlsStyleHeader->setHorizontalAlignment($ALIGNMENT_ALIGNMENT_CENTER);
$xlsStyleHeader->setVerticalAlignment($ALIGNMENT_ALIGNMENT_BOTTOM);
$xlsStyleHeader->setWrap(True);
$xlsStyleHeader->setDataType($DATATYPE_STRING);
	
// Add data in cells for report header
for ($column=0; $column<5; $column++)
{
    $xlsFirstTable->easy_getCell(0,$column)->setValue("Column " . ($column + 1));
    $xlsFirstTable->easy_getCell(0,$column)->setStyle($xlsStyleHeader);

    // Add comment for report header cells
    $xlsFirstTable->easy_getCell(0, $column)->setComment("This is column no " . ($column + 1));
}
$xlsFirstTable->easy_getRowAt(0)->setHeight(30);
	
// Create a formatting style for cells
$xlsStyleData = new java("EasyXLS.ExcelStyle");
$xlsStyleData->setHorizontalAlignment($ALIGNMENT_ALIGNMENT_LEFT);
$xlsStyleData->setForeground(java("java.awt.Color")->LIGHT_GRAY);
$xlsStyleData->setWrap(false);
$xlsStyleData->setLocked(true);
$xlsStyleData->setDataType($DATATYPE_STRING);
	
// Add data in cells for report values
for ($row=0; $row<100; $row++)
{
    for ($column=0; $column<5; $column++)
    {
        $xlsFirstTable->easy_getCell($row+1,$column)->setValue("Data " . ($row + 1) .
                                                               ", " . ($column + 1));
        $xlsFirstTable->easy_getCell($row+1,$column)->setStyle($xlsStyleData);
    }
}
	
// Set column widths
$xlsFirstTable->setColumnWidth(0, 70);
$xlsFirstTable->setColumnWidth(1, 100);
$xlsFirstTable->setColumnWidth(2, 70);
$xlsFirstTable->setColumnWidth(3, 100);
$xlsFirstTable->setColumnWidth(4, 70);
	
// Add header on center section
$xlsFirstTab = $workbook->easy_getSheetAt(0);
$xlsFirstTab->easy_getHeaderAt($HEADER_POSITION_CENTER)->InsertSingleUnderline();
$xlsFirstTab->easy_getHeaderAt($HEADER_POSITION_CENTER)->InsertFile();
$xlsFirstTab->easy_getHeaderAt($HEADER_POSITION_CENTER)->InsertValue(" - How to create header and footer");

// Add header on right section
$xlsFirstTab->easy_getHeaderAt($HEADER_POSITION_RIGHT)->InsertDate();
$xlsFirstTab->easy_getHeaderAt($HEADER_POSITION_RIGHT)->InsertValue(" ");
$xlsFirstTab->easy_getHeaderAt($HEADER_POSITION_RIGHT)->InsertTime();

// Add footer on center section
$xlsFirstTab->easy_getFooterAt($FOOTER_POSITION_CENTER)->InsertPage();
$xlsFirstTab->easy_getFooterAt($FOOTER_POSITION_CENTER)->InsertValue(" of ");
$xlsFirstTab->easy_getFooterAt($FOOTER_POSITION_CENTER)->InsertPages();
	
// Export Excel file
echo "Writing file: C:\Samples\Tutorial08.xlsx<br>";
$workbook->easy_WriteXLSXFile("C:\Samples\Tutorial08.xlsx");
	
// Confirm export of Excel file
if ($workbook->easy_getError() == "")
    echo "File successfully created.";
else
    echo "Error encountered: " . $workbook->easy_getError();
		
// Dispose memory
$workbook->Dispose();

?>

EasyXLS Excel libraries:

.NET
Excel Library for PHP
full COM+ version to import, export or convert Excel files
Excel Writer for PHP
COM+ version to create and export Excel files
Download EasyXLS™ Excel Library for PHP

File formats:

MS Excel 97 - 2003
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MS Excel 2013
MS Excel 2016
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