Open in PDF Viewer

Open in PDF Viewer

Easily open desired links in a PDF viewer.

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What is Open in PDF Viewer?
The 'Open in PDF Viewer' is a lightweight Chrome extension designed to facilitate easy opening of PDF links. Once installed, it requires connection with native applications on your system. The default viewer is Adobe Acrobat Reader, but this can be modified as per your needs. A separate patch to establish this connection can be downloaded from a provided GitHub link. Once set up, right-clicking on any PDF link will offer an option to open and download the document with the PDF viewer set in the options. This extension also allows customization of viewer input arguments.
By: Lynn
Users: 100,000+
Rating: 3.22 (136)
Version: 0.1.4 (Last updated: 2023-11-05)
Creation date: 2019-01-27
Risk impact: Low risk impact
Risk likelihood: Low risk likelihood
Manifest version: 3
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Size: 18.39K
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Open in PDF Viewer is a simple and lite addon that allows you to easily open desired PDF links in a chosen PDF viewer.

Note 1: after installing the addon, you need to connect it with native applications (i.e. adobe acrobat reader) on your machine. To make this connection, a separate patch is provided in GitHub. Please download and install this patch from:

Follow the instructions in the above GitHub page to download and install the related patch to your system. After installing, the "Open in PDF Viewer" addon in your browser can communicate with PDF viewer on your machine (Window, Linux, or Mac).

The default option for the PDF viewer is adobe acrobat reader. In windows 10, the default location for Adobe Acrobat is "C:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat Reader DC\Reader\AcroRd32.exe". If you have a different OS, or if you installed Adobe Acrobat in a different folder, please adjust the field accordingly. You can change this from the options page.

There is also an input field in which you can add arguments for the viewer. For example, to open PDF as full-screen or without toolbar. Please note that, if you change the PDF viewer make sure to change the input arguments as well. Each PDF viewer has its arguments to operate. If you keep Adobe as the default PDF viewer, please visit this page ( to get more info about input arguments.

To operate with this addon, please right-click on any link (a link to a PDF document) and then click on - Open and Download with PDF Viewer - item from the context menu. The PDF file will first be "downloaded" and then "opened" in a default PDF viewer (the one which is set on the options page). Please note that the PDF file will be downloaded in the "default" download folder on your machine.

Note 2: before using the addon, please open the option's page and make sure the path to the PDF viewer is correct based on your Operating System.

To report any bug, please fill the bug report form on the addon's homepage (

User reviews
User reviews summary
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  • Works as intended for some users
  • Opens PDFs in browser like old times
  • Some users find it great or excellent
  • Does not allow opening PDFs in external viewer like Adobe without saving
  • Some users report it only displays ads
  • Issues with functionality on Linux
  • Some say it does not work at all or fails to open PDFs
  • Problems with unexpected behavior, like opening unwanted tabs on browser start
Most mentioned
  • Does not work / functionality issues
  • Comparison to native Chrome PDF viewer capabilities
  • Incompatibility or operational issues on Linux
  • Ads and potential abuse
  • Satisfaction when it works as expected
Recent reviews
by A Google user, 2019-03-17

Under Chrome, Error - must install native client patch. ----- Really, guys? Come on, it's just a PDF file.
by A Google user, 2018-10-22

by A Google user, 2019-03-17
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Risk impact

Open in PDF Viewer is relatively safe to use as it requires very minimum permissions.

Risk likelihood

Open in PDF Viewer has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.

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