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Cordova PDF SDK

If you are looking for cross-platform solution, check out React Native or Flutter. If you are looking to add to your current Cordova/Ionic project, check out the WebViewer sample.

PDFTron's Cordova PDF library brings smooth, flexible and stand-alone document viewing and editing solutions for local and server codebases setup using Cordova for Web.

PDTron's PDF SDK is trusted by thousands of innovative startups, governments, and Fortune 500 businesses (see customers ). It is built from the ground up and is not dependent on any external third-party open-source software with support available from Developers and Solution Engineers.

Get started on WebViewer

Implementation

Depending on your requirements and preferred development environment, PDFTron can be integrated into a Cordova project through our pure JavaScript library (WebViewer).

The relative strengths of each approach are outlined below. This will help you decide which approach with Cordova best suits your needs.

Webviewer

Relative strengths of WebViewer

  • Extensive API: The full WebViewer API is immediately available. (The native plugins currently expose a subset of their APIS to JavaScript.)
  • Identical API: The API used for a website written using WebViewer will be 100% identical that used in the Ionic/Cordova app.
  • Identical UI: The UI is the same across all devices (rather than adopting the platform's UI norms).
  • .xod files: The WebViewer can open and render .xod files, which are PDF files that have been optimized for web-viewing. (PDF files can also be rendered directly, but with degradation in performance.)

Get started using Cordova with PDFTron technology:

WebViewer

GitHub samples

WebViewer

WebViewer is a pure client-side JavaScript library to view, annotate and edit documents. It is compatible with any JavaScript framework, including Cordova, by using a DOM element to place the document viewing component. WebViewer has a pre-built Cordova sample specifically designed for integrating into a Cordova project.

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PDFTron’s fully supported WebViewer is trusted by thousands of innovative startups, governments, and Fortune 500 businesses (see customers ). PDFTron technology is built from the ground up and is not dependent on any external third-party open-source software.

Works with

  • Desktop Browsers
  • Mobile Browsers
  • Windows Desktop Applications

Customizable

File type support - web

  • PDF, PDF/A
  • DOCX, XLSX, PPTX (MS Office software or licenses are not required)
  • JPG, PNG
  • MP4, WEBM, OGG (via WebViewer Video build )

Browser support

BrowserSupported versions
ChromeAll ✓
FirefoxAll ✓
SafariAll ✓
EdgeAll ✓
Internet Explorer10+
Android Chrome59+
Mobile Safari11+

Cordova Windows Documentation
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