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Open a document

There are a few ways to open a document such as from a URL, a blob, the filesystem, or base64 data. Additionally, there are loading options to help WebViewer determine the type of the file being loaded.

Opening a document from URL

If you have a URL for a document, you can pass it either as a constructor option or to loadDocument to open it.

WebViewer({
  ...,
  initialDoc: 'https://myserver.com/myfile.pdf',
}, document.getElementById('viewer'));

// or

WebViewer(...)
  .then(function(instance) {
    instance.loadDocument('https://myserver.com/myfile.pdf', { filename: 'myfile.pdf' });
  });

linkAdditional options

If your document server requires additional options in HTTP request, you can use second argument in loadDocument function to pass them.

WebViewer(...)
  .then(function(instance) {
    instance.loadDocument('https://myserver.com/myfile.pdf', {
      filename: 'myfile.pdf',
      customHeaders: {
        Authorization: 'Basic YWxhZGRpbjpvcGVuc2VzYW1l'
      },
      withCredentials: true
    });
  });

If you run into any issues loading a document, please visit our FAQ.

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