How to show PDF in web and disable downloading ability?

Question:I want to display the contents of PDF file in a webpage. I don't want the browser to download when the user clicks. I do not whether there is a solution on VeryPDF?

Answer: If you need to show PDF in a website and disable downloading ability, maybe you can have a try of embedding PDF to a website. Then the viewer only can read PDF but they can not download it. VeryPDF just released a new free online cloud based application named VeryPDF Online Document Viewer (Flash Paper Viewer) Cloud API, by which you can change local PDF file to online PDF and get embedded code which can help you embed PDF into website according to the website size. The most important is that this software is totally free if you do not need to show PDF online more than 24 hours. But if you need to embed PDF longer than 24 hours, please buy an API code which allows you to access all of VeryPDF Cloud APIs, include 20+ APIs and 200+ parameters. Please check more information of this software on homepage, in the following part I will show you how to show PDF in web and disable downloading ability.

Step 1. Upload local PDF to online PDF.

  • Please go to website of Free Online Document Viewer, then you will find all the usage and using steps of this software. The following snapshot is from this software webpage, please have a check.

website of online document viewer 

  • Just three steps, you can change local PDF to online PDF. Please click button Browse to upload local file to PDF. Meanwhile this software also allows you to embed online PDF to website by entering a URL below it.
  • If you have API code, please input below. And when you need to show PDF in flash format, please choose Flash Paper Viewer. If you need to show PDF in HTML 2 paper viewer, please choose the second one which can help you show PDF either in computer or cellphone.

Step 2. Embed PDF to website.

  • Please click button Upload and Converter then you will enter another tab where you will get the embed code. The following information is from the embed code, you can have a check.

    [iframe Embed Code] <iframe src="" width="800px" height="600px"></iframe>

  • By the iframe code, you can adjust width and height according to your website size. I will embed it to this blog, you can take it for example.

By this free online application, you can show PDF in website and disable downloading ability. During the using, if you have any question, please contact us as soon as possible.

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2 Replies to “How to show PDF in web and disable downloading ability?

  1. Hey guys,

    We’ve been trying to use this for our PDFS…basically, we have it so people can view them online in their browser but not download/save the PDF to their computer so this seemed perfect. However, we upload the PDF click the “view online” button and nothing happens? Any idea what we’re doing wrong?



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