Open in PDF Reader

Open in PDF Reader

Send PDF links directly to your favorite PDF viewer like Adobe Acrobat Reader

  • Open in PDF Reader
What is Open in PDF Reader?
"Open in PDF Reader" is a functional Chrome extension that allows users to direct PDF links from the context menu to their preferred external PDF viewer, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader or FoxIt PDF reader. It can also transfer already opened PDF files to the external viewer or detect PDF links for one-click opening. To assure safe usage, it can operate with a user-defined delay, allowing your antivirus app to scan files before they're opened. First use access requires native client installation. Note major updates in the change logs.
Users: 100,000+
Rating: 3.51 (49)
Version: 0.3.3 (Last updated: 2024-06-24)
Creation date: 2020-05-12
Risk impact: Moderate risk impact
Risk likelihood: Very low risk likelihood
Manifest version: 3
  • storage
  • contextMenus
  • notifications
  • nativeMessaging
  • downloads
  • activeTab
  • alarms
Size: 53.45K
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Open in PDF Reader
Open in PDF Reader (v0.3.3)
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The "Open in PDF viewer" extension opens PDF files directly in your favorite external PDF viewer application. To use the extension, right-click on a PDF link and select the "Open in PDF viewer" item. The extension downloads the PDF file in your default downloads directory and then executes the external command to open the downloaded file with the default PDF viewer (e.g. Adobe Acrobat Reader or FoxIt PDF reader).

Note that to execute an OS-level command, you need to install a native client. Native client installation guide appears on the first usage.


  1. Open PDF files from right-click context menu
  2. Transfer already opened PDF files to the external PDF viewer by pressing the browser's action button
  3. Detect PDF links and open them with left-click
  4. Open the external PDF viewer with a user-defined delay
  5. Supports most common PDF viewers

Change Logs: 0.1.1: It is now possible to define left-click open in default PDF reader from the options page. If this mode is enabled, the extension blocks the default action when a link with the PDF mime type is the target. 0.1.2:

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User reviews summary
These summaries are automatically generated weekly using AI based on recent user reviews. Chrome Web Store does not verify user reviews, so some user reviews may be inaccurate, spammy, or outdated.
  • Solves a weakness in Chrome
  • Works seamlessly
  • New version simpler and better
  • Does not work in latest Chrome or other chromium browsers
  • Can't sign, amend, save or download PDFs
  • Does not work for files in Microsoft Teams
  • Inefficient freeform drawing tool
  • User agent extension issues
Most mentioned
  • Incompatibility with latest browser versions
  • Limited editing tools
  • Issues with Microsoft Teams files
  • Problem with user agent extension
Recent reviews
hi and thanks, Note, draw free form has very bad angle and appearance of the pencil is not elegant . and for me I think this new version is a bit complicated and at the same time simpler and better

Does absolutely nothing, does not appear in right-click menu.
by Legacy Tuthau-Zand Legacy Tuthau-Zand, 2022-11-26

Absolutely Useless. Can't sign, amend, save or download. As with most Adobe products a bloated waste of user unfriendly buggy space.
by Wayne Mullen Wayne Mullen, 2022-07-18
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Risk impact

Open in PDF Reader may not be safe to use and it requires some risky permissions. Exercise caution when installing this extension. Review carefully before installing.

Risk likelihood

Open in PDF Reader has earned a good reputation and can be trusted.

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