Uses HTML5 to display PDF files directly in the browser.
What is PDF Viewer?
'PDF Viewer' is a Chrome extension built on HTML5. Supported by Mozilla Labs, it aims to offer a web standards-based platform for parsing and rendering PDFs. This extension sets PDF.js as your default PDF viewer in Chrome, enabling the viewing of local files. It also includes opt-out telemetry. Known issues include an inability to view PDF files generated via a form or POST request.
PDF.js is a Portable Document Format (PDF) viewer that is built with HTML5.
PDF.js is community-driven and supported by Mozilla Labs. Our goal is to create a general-purpose, web standards-based platform for parsing and rendering PDFs.
This extension provides PDF.js as the default PDF viewer in Chrome.
If you want to use this viewer to view local files, visit chrome://extensions/?id=oemmndcbldboiebfnladdacbdfmadadm and put a check before "Allow access to file URLs".
Please report any issues at https://github.com/mozilla/pdf.js/issues
Don't have a Github account? I also accept feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org
Known issue: PDF files generated via a form (POST request) cannot be viewed.
Contains opt-out telemetry since version 1.5.285, see https://github.com/Rob--W/pdfjs-telemetry#privacy-policy
User reviews summary
- Has a smooth, fast performance
- Enables easy navigation like zooming and rotating pages
- Opens PDFs effectively
- Remembers position on returning to URL
- Is able to highlight text
- Doesn't have a background customization or dark mode
- Has highlighting issues
- Has an issue with printing resolution
- Converts pdf to canvas when the print button is clicked
- Pinch zoom is very sensitive
- Smooth, fast performance
- Easy navigation features like zooming
- Need for background customization/dark mode
- Printing issues
- Highlighting feature
PDF Viewer is risky to use as it requires a number of sensitive permissions that can potentially harm your browser and steal your data. Exercise caution when installing this extension. Review carefully before installing. We recommend that you only install PDF Viewer if you trust the publisher.
PDF Viewer has earned a fairly good reputation and likely can be trusted.
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