Why doesn't Chromium have “Chrome PDF Viewer” plugin?


If you ever use Chrome browser to view PDF document, you probably aware that Chrome has it’s own PDF viewer plugin. This allowed user to view any PDF document using iDF document, you can easily disable to plugin in chrome://plugins by un-check the plugin checkbox in that page.

But this has feature has changed drastically since Chrome upgraded to version 56 and above. With the latest Chrome browser, you can’t disable the PDF plugin anymore in chrome://plugins. As stated in chrome bug tracking, they mentioned that chrome://plugins will be depreciated soon.


And now, Chrome has moved the setting to Content Settins page instead.

Settings > Show Advanced Settings > Content Settings. Tick the “Open PDF files in the default PDF viewer application”, then you would be able to view PDF document using your own default...

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Since the Plugins page has been removed in Chrome 57, you may find it difficult to manage PPAPI-based Flash and built-in PDF Viewer plugins. If you don’t know, they’ve been moved to content settings. If you want to disable/enablethe Chrome PDF Viewer, from version 57 onwards, you’ve to follow the below steps.

Disabling or enabling Chrome PDF Viewer in Chrome 65+

1. Click on Chrome menu, select Settings

2. Scroll down and click on Advanced

3. Under Privacy & Security, click on Content Settings,

4. Scroll down and click on PDF Documents,

To disable Chrome PDF Viewer, turn on ‘Download PDF files instead of automatically opening them in Chrome’ Setting, To enable PDF Viewer, you need to turn off the above mentioned setting.

Done! Chrome Internal PDF Viewer will be enabled/disabled as per the setting chosen by you.

Note: Chrome blocks Flash by default. You can allow sites to run Flash or manually add sites that can run Flash by...

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UserAgent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_8_3) AppleWebKit/537.31 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/26.0.1410.43 Safari/537.31 Example URL: https://safe.bankofamerica.com/mycommunications/documents/viewDownload.go Steps to reproduce the problem: 1. log into bankofamerica.com 2. select Statements & Documents from the Communication Center on the right 3. click a received document and choose "View PDF" 4. click the floppy disk-styled save icon in the Chrom PDF Viewer plugin UI and see that the usual Save As dialog doesn't come up What is the expected behavior? the Save As dialog should be shown as it is with other sites' PDFs What went wrong? no Save As dialog came up Does it occur on multiple sites: No Is it a problem with a plugin? Yes Chrome PDF Viewer Did this work before? N/A Does this work in other browsers? Yes Safari 6.0.3 Chrome version: 26.0.1410.43 Channel: stable OS Version: OS X 10.8.3 this reproduces for me with a clean new user and with my user in an...
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If you are using the Google Chrome web browser for most of your web browsing and work, and use pdf documents from time to time, you may be in a for a change in regards to that which will launch in the coming months.

When you download a pdf file to your local system now and double-click the downloaded document afterwards, it opens in the default pdf reader on your system.

If it is Sumatra, Adobe Reader or Foxit, it will open in that program.

A recent change to how Google Chrome handles pdf documents changes this fundamentally. When you click on a downloaded pdf document then, it will automatically open in the Chrome PDF viewer regardless of the application that you have viewed pdf files previously in.

The feature is currently available in Chrome Canary and works like this. Once you have downloaded the pdf it appears in the lower left half of the screen as a downloaded file. If you click it, it will open in Google Chrome.

Chrome PDF...

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Here is my situation, I got a server running a PDF generator, when I make a request with some params, it will give me back a PDF file, the PDF is not stored in the server it's generated during the runtime.

Everything goes fine, I can get the PDF open in chrome's PDF viewer, but if want to download the file, an error occurred, like the image shows.

Because Chrome go to the origin URL to request the file, but the file is not a static resource on the server.

I don't know if anybody has run into this problem?

Whenever you leave the website you used to create the object URL (window.URL.createObjectURL(...)) that very object will get garbage collected. So you need to keep a reference to that object somehow.

This works for us in Chrome, Firefox, Safari, iOS Safari & Android to first display the PDF in capable browsers in a new tab and allow a download afterwards (in IE it just starts the download):

function openPdfInNewTab(url, postData,...
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It seems like everyone in the entire world has run into a problem opening PDF files at one point in their life. Maybe people have had problems opening and browsing through PDFs many times.

Google’s Chrome has an embedded PDF viewer, so the theory is you will not need a separate PDF viewer add-in. Unfortunately Chrome is not perfect and has problems with PDF documents from time to time.

Some of the problems we have seen are with links in the PDF. They either do not work, are invisible or both.

Sometimes searches do not appear to work or you are unable to jump to pages by number. Navigation between using the document index or headings do not work. In other words, Google has a lot of work to do to correct the bugs.

As with other web browsers, you can add in a more robust PDF reader. Unlike other browsers, this will not solve your problems. No matter what PDF reader add-in you install, Chrome overrides your install and uses its own PDF viewer...

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Opening a PDF in an external viewer such as Evince...

Google's branded Chrome browser includes the Chrome PDF Viewer plugin that displays PDFs in a new browser tab. The Chromium browser does not because Chrome PDF Viewer contains some proprietary code. Instead, Chromium acts as described below (by default, presents a Save File prompt).

(Only confirmed to work under Ubuntu Linux 10.04 (Lucid), Chromium 18.0.1025.151)

In Chromium... Settings >> Under the Hood >> Downloads...

The Download Location should be a directory where it won't be a problem if some PDF files you don't really want to keep wind up there, (such as ~/Downloads).

Setting... [ ] Ask where to save each file before downloading?

if checked, clicking on a PDF will open the Save File dialog. if not checked, clicking on a PDF will immediately download it to the Download Location directory.

In the lower-left corner, a blue arrow will briefly appear, followed by the prompt...

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Have any of you tried testing out multiple sites to be sure it isn’t just a problem with the site you’re viewing? Here’s the problem I was encountering and how I fixed it.

I’m using Ubuntu 11.10 and Chromium 15.0.874.106. Before reading this article, I was having the same “missing plugin” problem. Following the above instructions didn’t fix the problem for the site I was trying to access. But it DID fix it for most sites. For example, this site didn’t used to work for me, and after following the instructions in this article, the PDF parts work:


But the original site I was trying to access still didn’t work!

Well, it turns out that the site I was trying to access was doing a very dumb thing. Rather than just trying to embed the PDF, it was checking to see if I had Adobe Reader. If I did, it used JavaScript to embed the PDF. If not, it displayed an error message without even trying to display the PDF or...

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Solved. chromium-browser can now open .pdf and .ps files in either acroread, evince or gv. All that was needed was a minor change in the commands to start these programs in etc/mozpluggerrc. (The primary change was to add "needs_xembed" to the macros.)

Near the top of /etc/mozpluggerrc there is a section headed by
### m4 macros ###

Near the end of that section I found definitions for ACROREAD and GV, but both were incorrect, and there was none for Evince. I edited it so now I have the following definitions:


### Acrobat Reader define(ACROREAD, [repeat swallow(acroread) fill needs_xembed : acroread -openInNewWindow /a "$fragment" "$file"]) ### GV define(GV_OPTS,[--safer --quiet --antialias -geometry +9000+9000]) define(GV_FLAGS,[repeat swallow(gv) fill needs_xembed]) define(GV,[GV_FLAGS(): gv GV_OPTS() "$file"]) ### Evince define(EVINCE, [repeat swallow(evince) fill needs_xembed: evince...
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As of 04/15/2015, Google has deprecated the NPAPI which the Adobe Reader plugin apparently uses (see NPAPI deprecation: developer guide - The Chromium Projects) This means the Adobe Reader plugin for Chrome no longer works. Disable PDF viewer plugin with AD policy - not working Showing 1-14 of 14 messages. Disable PDF viewer plugin with AD policy. Users will automatically receive the latest version of Chrome’s PDF support; they won’t have to worry about manually updating any plug-ins or programs. 35 Responses to Get Reader or Acrobat to work in Chrome. I have repeatedly tried the deactivate the Chrome pdf viewer solution, and I just tried the disable the Acrobat plugin/ close Chrome/ reopen it/ reactivated the.

How To Enable the Built- in PDF Viewer in Google Chrome. The recent releases of Google Chrome (6 and up) have PDF support built- in, but it's not enabled by default. Here's how to enable the PDF viewer in Chrome.- Launch Google Chrome. Make sure you are using version...

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Chrome built-in PDF viewer gives users convenience to open PDF files. However, it blocks the access of your other PDF software like Adobe Reader at the same time. In such case, you may want to know how to disable Chrome PDF viewer.

[Update] Recently, Google has made some changes on the newest version of Chrome. Check here to see how to disable Chrome PDF viewer from version 60 onwards.

It’s much easier disable it in Chrome that is lower than version 57.

Just open Plugin page by entering about:plugins in Google search box and hitting Enter.

Then you can disable the PDF viewer in the open page.

If you found that you cannot open plugins page in your Chrome, that’s very likely you use Chrome that is of Version 57 onwards . And, from Version 57 onwards, the plugins page has been removed in Chrome.

Then how to disable Chrome PDF viewer from version 57 onwards?

Follow the easy steps with images here:


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The Chrome build from Google has a Chrome PDF Viewer plugin which is really nice. But, the Chromium builds don't seem to have it (nothing shows up in about:plugins).

How do I get the plugin in Chromium on Ubuntu?

Because the PDF plugin is not free software, i.e. it can only be included with the non-free Google Chrome browser.

See http://code.google.com/p/chromium/issues/detail?id=50852#c16 for a statement.

tiax is correct but it can be pulled over from a Chrome install and used from within Chromium.

You just need to pull the libpdf.so file over and enable it in about:plugins

You have two solutions that I can see here (applied to Ubuntu 11.10) [This was inspired by comments above and other sources I found]

Install Chrome and then copy over *.so files which technically gets you around the legality issues

Here's how I did that...

Close Chromium Download Chrome from Chrome distro Install it on your Ubuntu release cd...
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For Ubuntu or Debian (personally tested on Debian Wheezy - 64-bit build):

From trogdor1138's comment at archlinux site, get the google-chrome rpm:

wget ftp://fr2.rpmfind.net/linux/sourceforge/s/sn/snowbird/yum/sb20/google-chrome-stable-30.0.1599.66-1.x86_64.rpm

Install the cpio and rpm2cpio packages to extract the files from the downloaded rpm:

sudo apt-get install cpio rpm2cpio

Make a directory since the contents don't have a single directory structure (making it easier to clean back up if you like) and then extract:

mkdir chrome cd chrome rpm2cpio ../google-chrome-stable-30.0.1599.66-1.x86_64.rpm | cpio -vid

Install the libpdf.so library in your chromium's lib directory:

For Debian (verified against my 64-bit build):

sudo install -m644 ./opt/google/chrome/libpdf.so /usr/lib/chromium/

For Ubuntu, I believe this is where you'd install it:

sudo install -m644 ./opt/google/chrome/libpdf.so /usr/lib/chromium-browser/

Now just restart...

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The recent releases of Google Chrome (6 and up) have PDF support built-in, but it's not enabled by default.
Here's how to enable the PDF viewer in Chrome.

- Launch Google Chrome. Make sure you are using version 6 or above.
To check which version you have, click on the wrench in the toolbar in the upper right corner and click on About Google Chrome. A box will pop up and display the version.
The newest version can be downloaded at http://www.google.com/chrome.

- Go to the Chrome address bar and type in chrome://plugins/ (see below) and hit the Enter key.

- Click on the blue Enable link, close the browser window and you're good to go.
Flash, Java, and Google Update can be enabled or disabled the same way.
Other plugins can be listed depending on what vesion of Chrome you are using.
The latest update (Sept. 18, 2011) shows a plugin named Remoting Viewer that wasn't there earlier.

I didn't have any problem...

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When I try to view any PDF in Chrome it displays a gray bar over the PDF that moves around when I scroll, but blocks my view of the PDF no matter what I do. Sometimes upon loading the entire page will be blank gray -- other times the PDF will momentarily appear intact until I scroll.

This is happening with every PDF.

I haven't identified anything that changed with Chrome when this began happening (a few days ago). I have tried restarting Chrome, restarting my computer, disabling and re-enabling the Chrome PDF viewer plugin, doing the same with all other Chrome plugins... nothing has worked. This is not happening in other browsers. Any help would be very appreciated!!

EDIT: Here are some screenshots showing the issue.

Partial coverage by gray bar:

Entire page is...

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Hi jonnyyyl,

Please try to un-associate and re-associate the "Display PDF in Browser" as following and see if it helps:
1) Please open Foxit Reader, then go under "File"->"Preferences"->"File Associations"->"Advanced", uncheck "Include browser when setting default PDF viewer" then click on "OK".
2) Under "File Associations", please click on "Restore File Associations";
3) Again, please go under "File"->"Preferences"->"File Associations"->"Advanced", check "Include browser when setting default PDF viewer"->"OK" then click on "Make Default PDF Viewer" as default PDF Reader.

After having made settings above, you may try to open the online PDF from browser again and see if it helps.

If it doesn't help, please open your Chrome, click on the "Customize and control Google Chrome" icon at the top right corner->"Settings"->"Show advanced settings"->"Privacy"->"Content settings"->"Plug-ins"->"Disable individual plug-ins..."->check if "Foxit...

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Google Chrome is a browser that is growing in popularity. I’ve recently switched to Chrome, myself.

There’s a lot to like about the Chrome browser:

Fast Excellent bookmark handling Protected Mode (sandboxed) for more secure browsing and prevention of phishing attacks Built-in Google Sync to keep all your bookmarks synchronized across your computers

Chrome offers built-in basic PDF viewing and PDF conversion of web pages.

Nice as this sounds, Chrome can’t display every kind of PDF. When that happens, you’ll see this message

Chrome also lacks some of Reader (and Acrobat’s) navigational features such as Previous View and Next View.

Since Chrome is growing in popularity, of late I’ve received quite a few questions about PDF in Chrome:

How do I get Adobe Reader (or Acrobat) to work in Google Chrome? How do I turn off the Chrome PDF viewer? Why does Chrome make huge PDFs? How do I get Chrome to print PDFs as text?

In this blog article, I’ll...

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Google Chrome's built-in PDF viewer can make opening PDFs super-quick. Unfortunately, you don't have access to all of the same tools you can use in apps like Adobe Reader. Thankfully, you can change one Chrome setting to make the process a bit faster:

Open Chrome and type "about:plugins" into the omnibox at the top.Find Chrome PDF Viewer in the list and click the Disable link to prevent PDFs from loading within Chrome.

That's it! Now you can choose to download PDFs and open them with a standalone reader you have installed on your computer. And if you ever change your mind, the option will be in the same place with an "Enable" link to bring it back.

Editors' note, October 12, 2015: This How To post was originally published on June 27, 2011, and has been updated to include new...

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