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Posted by jprateragg  · 15-08-2012 - 18:50

I'm using PHPDOCX v2.5 on Windows 2003. I've installed MS Office 2010 Professional Plus on the server. I'm trying to use transformDocxUsingMSWord() from your API guide ([url][/url]). After trying to convert a test document, I get this error:

Fatal error: Class 'COM' not found in C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\aganalysis\includes\phpdocx-pro-2.5\classes\ on line 54

How can I fix this? Thanks!

Posted by admin  · 11-04-2013 - 12:13


Please check this link:

COM is a class for PHP that you should enable in your php config.


Posted by jprateragg  · 11-04-2013 - 12:13

I made the necessary php.ini change and now I get this error:

Fatal error: Uncaught exception 'com_exception' with message 'Failed to create COM object `word.application': Access is denied. ' in C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\aganalysis\includes\phpdocx-pro-2.5\classes\ Stack trace: #0 C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\aganalysis\includes\phpdocx-pro-2.5\classes\ com->com('word.applicatio...') #1 C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\aganalysis\includes\phpdocx-pro-2.5\classes\ MSWordInterface->transformFormat('template_docx_t...', 'test.pdf') #2 C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\aganalysis\scrap2.php(24): CreateDocx->transformDocxUsingMSWord('template_docx_t...', 'test.pdf') #3 {main} thrown in C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\aganalysis\includes\phpdocx-pro-2.5\classes\ on line 54

This looks like a permissions issue. But what permissions do I give which user, and and on what directory? Thanks!

Posted by jprateragg  · 11-04-2013 - 12:13

I made some DCOM changes to allow Everyone to use component services. I'm getting a new error now:

Fatal error: Uncaught exception 'com_exception' with message '<b>Source:</b> Microsoft Word<br/><b>Description:</b> This file could not be found. (C:WINDOWS...template_docx_text.docx)' in Stack trace: #0 variant->Open('template_docx_t...') #1 MSWordInterface->transformFormat('template_docx_t...', 'test.pdf') #2 C:Inetpubwwwrootaganalysisscrap2.php(24): CreateDocx->transformDocxUsingMSWord('template_docx_t...', 'test.pdf') #3 {main} thrown in on line 60

I can't figure out why this is trying to access C:Windows..., but I can't see the entire directory b/c it puts the ... there. I tried looking specifically for a Word 2010 component, but it was not listed in DCOM Config. Do you have any proper setup instructions for using this on Windows and IIS?

EDIT: I ran this script:

$WrdApp = new COM("Word.Application");
echo("Word.Application Connected.");
echo("Cannot Connect to Word.Application");

And it successfully connected to Word.Application.

Posted by jprateragg  · 11-04-2013 - 12:13

Another update. I got it to work by using absolute paths:

$docx->transformDocxUsingMSWord('C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\app\template_docx_text.docx', 'C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\app\test.pdf');

Any reason why this doesn't work with relative paths?

Posted by paratus  · 15-04-2013 - 08:28

I have tried doing the same thing as you - I have windows server 2008 with Office 2010. I run my php file and the word docx is created. The instance of Word opens (i can see it in task manager) but the PDF never shows up. I have checked permissions, etc. but cannot work out why the PDF is not created.

Any ideas?

Posted by jorgelj  · 17-04-2013 - 09:06


Can you run a simple example like?:


// starting word

$word = new COM("word.application") or die("Unable to instantiate Word");

"Loaded Word, version {$word->Version}\n";

//bring it to front

$word->Visible 1;

//open an empty document


//do some weird stuff

$word->Selection->TypeText("This is a test...");

$word->Documents[1]->SaveAs("Useless test.doc");

//closing word


//free the object

$word null;



Posted by jraa22  · 31-08-2013 - 23:17

Hi, I'm having the same problem. What DCOM Changes did you do? 

Posted by jorgelj  · 02-09-2013 - 09:00


Please try the same example to check COM.