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Document Viewer

OverviewShow a document in an ActivityShow a document in a FragmentViewer configurationDay and Night themesOpen from online URL

Document Viewer components

PDFViewCtrlReflowFloating context menuCustomize floating context menuAnnotation toolbarAnnotation style editorCustomize annotation style editorPage sliderAnnotation listDocument outlineUser bookmark listList containerThumbnail browserAdd pages dialogRotate pages dialogView mode dialogCrop pages dialog

Annotation and collaboration

ToolManager setupRead only modeDisable annotation creation/editingDefault annotation propertiesAnnotation propertiesEventsOverride annotation handlingShow and hide existing annotationsUndo and redoRealtime collaboration

Advanced customization

Add a custom view to a pageCreate a custom toolPage coloring modePage fit modePage layout mode


Convert documents to PDFConvert HTML to PDF


Text search

Other Frameworks

XamarinReact Native

Advanced topics

Understand coordinatesDocument savingDocument lockingGenerate page thumbnailsTool class hierarchy


System RequirementsRun project in Android StudioRun project with source codePDFTron full vs. standardLocalizationIcon cheat sheetReduce size of APKEnable multidexOut of memory when rotating device multiple timesReduce memory consumptionDetachCurrentThread warning

PDF Processing API

What is PDFNet?Opening a documentSerializing (saving) a documentWorking with pagesWorking with Page ContentWorking with BookmarksWorking with Interactive Forms (AcroForms)PDF SecurityLow-level PDF APIError handling


In this document
chevron_rightShowing reflow pager
chevron_rightPost-processing color
chevron_rightNotifying the reflow pager that the document has been modified
chevron_rightSetting the text size
chevron_rightSetting background color
chevron_rightSetting right-to-left direction
chevron_rightGenerating a reflow page
Reflow requires the full version of PDFTron library. See PDFTron full or standard?

Reflow makes the document more flexible and easier to read, especially on small devices. PDFTron is able to extract the reflowable layout of each page of a PDF document as an HTML file. First, we explain how simple it is to show a widget that allows the user to swipe left or right through the pages of the document to see reflowable document pages. Then, we provide the methods necessary for converting a hard-layout PDF page to an HTML document page.

linkShowing reflow pager

ReflowControl is a ViewPager that allows the user to flip left and right through the reflowable layout of pages in a certain PDF document.


To set up your layout with ReflowControl, add a <ReflowControl> element to your XML layout. For example, if each page in the swipe view should consume the entire layout, then your layout looks like this:

    android:layout_height="match_parent" />

Then, you need to attach a PDFDoc to the reflow pager:

That is everything you need to have a simple reflow pager. Next, we will go through advanced features.

linkPost-processing color

If you want to map each original color to a new color (for example for handling night mode) you need to pass an OnPostProcessColorListener listener to the ReflowControl.

To do so, you can provide an OnPostProcessColorListener listener when setting up the ReflowControl:

For example, OnPostProcessColorListener can be defined by PDFViewCtrl as:

Alternatively you can set a listener:

linkNotifying the reflow pager that the document has been modified

To refresh the reflow pager to show the latest changes on your document, you should let the reflow pager know that the document has been modified:

linkSetting the text size

It is possible to change the size of reflowable text. The default text size is 100; valid values are 5, 10, 25, 50, 75, 100, 125, 150, 200, 400, 800, and 1600. See the following code as an example

Alternatively, you can zoom in/out to change the reflowable text size:

Assuming the current text size is 100%, by calling zoomReflow(reflowControl, true) and zoomReflow(reflowControl, false) the new text size will be 125% and 75% of the original size, respectively.

linkSetting background color

There are three methods to change the background color:

setDayMode(): no background

setNightMode(): night background

setCustomColorMode(int): customized background

linkSetting right-to-left direction

You can support right-to-left languages by setting the direction of reflowable text by calling setRightToLeftDirection(isRtlMode)

linkGenerating a reflow page

It is not necessary to use a reflow pager to create a reflowable layout of PDF pages. It is also possible to extract the reflowable layout by creating an HTML file from a certain page of the document using the ReflowProcessor class. The first step is to let the Core know you are going to use reflow by calling initialize(). Please note that this method clears all existing reflowable data. Thus, preferably put this call in your Application or Activity.

When reflow processor has been initialized, it is possible to turn reflow on by calling getReflow(Page, RequestHandler, Object) and passing a RequestHandler callback in order to be notified once the reflowable HTML file is ready::

To cancel all reflow requests, call cancelAllRequests().

Finally, if you want to clear all HTML files created in the cache, you may need to call clearCache().