Embed PDF.js viewer into your angular application


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PDF.js viewer Angular directive

Embed PDF.js viewer into your angular application, maintaining that look and feel of pdf's we all love. The directive embeds the full viewer, which allows you to scroll through the pdf.


 bower install angular-pdfjs-viewer --save


Note that the order of the scripts matters. Stick to the order of dependencies as shown in the example below. Also note that images, translations and such are being loaded from the web folder.


<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en" data-ng-app="app" ng-controller="AppCtrl">
        <meta charset="utf-8"/>
        <title>Angular PDF.js demo</title>
        <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">

        <script src="bower_components/pdf.js-viewer/pdf.js"></script>
        <link rel="stylesheet" href="bower_components/pdf.js-viewer/viewer.css">

        <script src="bower_components/angular/angular.js"></script>
        <script src="bower_components/angular-pdfjs-viewer/dist/angular-pdfjs-viewer.js"></script>
        <script src="app.js"></script>

          html, body {
            height: 100%;
            width: 100%;
            margin: 0;
            padding: 0;

          .some-pdf-container {
            width: 100%;
            height: 100%;
        <div class='some-pdf-container'>
            <pdfjs-viewer src="{{ pdf.src }}" scale="scale"
                          download="true" print="false" open="false"
                          on-init="onInit()" on-page-load="onPageLoad(page)">

The scale attribute can be used to obtain the current scale (zoom level) of the PDF. This is read only.

The directive takes the following optional attributes to modify the toolbar

download="false" print="false" open="false"

Omitting these attributes will by default show the options in the toolbar.

The on-init function is called when PDF.JS is fully loaded. The on-page-load function is each time a page is loaded and will pass the page number. When the scale changes all pages are unloaded, so on-page-load will be called again for each page.


angular.module('app', ['pdfjsViewer']);

angular.module('app').controller('AppCtrl', function($scope) {
    $scope.pdf = {
        src: 'example.pdf',
    $scope.$watch('scale', function() {
    $scope.onInit = function() {
    $scope.onPageLoad = function(page) {

If onPageLoad() returns false, the page will not be marked as loaded and onPageLoad will be called again for that page on the next (200ms) interval.


You can test out a demo of this directive. You must run the node server first due to CORS. First make sure the dependencies are installed.

cd demo
npm install
bower install

Afterwards run the server like so.

node server.js

The server will be running on localhost:8080

Advanced configuration

By default the location of PDF.js assets are automatically determined. However if you place them on alternative locations they may not be found. If so, you can configure these locations.

You may disable using the Web Workers API. This is useful if you want to add pdf.worker.js to your concatinated JavaScript file. However this will have a negative effect on the runtime performance.

angular.module('app').config(function(pdfjsViewerConfigProvider) {
  pdfjsViewerConfigProvider.setVerbosity("infos");  // "errors", "warnings" or "infos"

Note that a number of images used in the PDF.js viewer are loaded by the viewer.css. You can't configure these through JavaScript. Instead you need to compile the viewer.less file as

lessc --global-var='pdfjsImagePath=/assets/pdf.js-viewer/images' viewer.less viewer.css

If you find any bugs or have a feature request, please open an issue on github!

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