PDF Embedder


Upload PDF files and embed them directly into your site’s posts and pages. It works as simple as adding images! Your PDF files will be automatically sized to their natural size and shape. You can also specify a width and the correct height will be calculated automatically. Our PDF Embedder plugin is fully responsive, so the embedded PDF will also look perfect, on any device. Additionally, the pdf embedder will automatically resize whenever the browser dimensions change.

The plugin has a unique method for embedding PDF files, using Javascript only, and not iframes or third-party services. This offers immense flexibility over the appearance of your document.

The PDF viewer has Next and Previous buttons to navigate the document, and zoom buttons if some areas of a PDF file are too small for your screen.

Your PDF files are embedded within your existing WordPress pages so we have full control over appearance, and all Javascript and other files are served by your own server (not by Google or any other third-party who may not be able to guarantee their own reliability). This means your PDF files will load fast, without any speed penalty.

Other PDF embedder plugins insert the PDF into an ‚iframe‘ which means they do not get the flexibility over sizing. Ours does not and that is a incredible benefit to the overall viewing experience across all devices.

In the free plugin, there is no button for users to download the PDF, but download options are available in the Premium versions along with other awesome features.

Another Premium feature are Hyperlinks in your PDF being clickable. Links in the free plugin cannot be clicked.


  1. Once installed and Activated, click Add Media from any page or post, just like adding an image, but drag and drop a PDF file instead.

  2. When you insert into your post, it will appear in the editor as a ’shortcode‘ as follows:

  3. [pdf-embedder url=’https://mysite.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Plan-Summary.pdf‘]

  4. You can change the default appearance – e.g. width, and toolbar position/appearance through Settings -> PDF Embedder.

To override your site-wide defaults on an individual embed, see the Plugin Instructions for information about sizing options plus other ways to customize the shortcodes.

Premium Features

Features available in the PDF Embedder Premium versions:

  • Download-Button in der Werkzeugleiste
  • Scrolle ganz einfach von einer Seite zur nächsten.
  • Hyperlinks sind voll funktionsfähig
  • Vollbild-Modus
  • Edit page number to jump straight to page
  • Track number of downloads and views
  • Mobile-friendly
  • Secure option – difficult to download original PDF
  • Removes wp-pdf.com branding

See wp-pdf.com for details!

Mobile-friendly embedding using PDF Embedder Premium

The free version will work on most mobile browsers, but cannot position the document entirely within the screen.

Our PDF Embedder Premium plugin solves this problem with an intelligent ‚full screen‘ mode.

When the document is smaller than a certain width, the document displays only as a ‚thumbnail‘ with a large ‚View in Full Screen‘ button for the user to click when they want to study your document.

This opens up the document so it has the full focus of the mobile browser, and the user can move about the document without hitting other parts of the web page by mistake. Viewers can then Click Exit to return to the regular page.

The user can also swipe continuously between all pages of the PDF which is more natural than clicking the navigation buttons to navigate.

See our site wp-pdf.com for more details and purchase options.

Protect your PDFs with our secure premium pdf embedder version

Our PDF Embedder Premium Secure plugin provides the same simple but elegant viewer as the premium version, with the added protection that it is difficult for users to download or print the original PDF document.

This means that your PDF is unlikely to be shared outside your site where you have no control over who views, prints, or shares it.

Optionally, add a watermark containing the user’s name or email address to discourage sharing of screenshots.

See our site wp-pdf.com for more details and purchase options.


Our PDF-Vorschaubilder plugin automatically generates fixed image versions of all PDF files in your Media Library, to use on your site as you wish.

You can use them as featured images in posts containing an embedded version of the PDF, or as a visual clickable link to download the PDF directly.
It also displays the thumbnail as the ‘icon’ for the PDF in the Media Library, making it easy for authors to locate the PDFs they need to insert in a post.

See our site wp-pdf.com/thumbnails/ for more details and purchase options.

Now translation-ready!

Please contribute your translations.

  • Persische Übersetzung: Mostafa Safarian, سئو
  • Französische Übersetzung: Thierry Guillou, JDFitForme
  • Spanische Übersetzung: Armando Landis, LANDOIS Diseño

With thanks to the Mozilla team for developing the underlying pdf.js technology used by this pdf embedder plugin.


  • Uploaded PDF is displayed within your page/post at the correct size to fit.
  • User hovers over document to see Next/Prev page butons.
  • Settings can change appearance of the viewer, including size


Dieses Plugin unterstützt 1 Block.

  • PDF Embedder


Der einfachste Weg:

  1. Go to your WordPress admin control panel’s plugin page
  2. Suchen nach ‚PDF Embedder‘
  3. Click Install
  4. Click Activate on the plugin

If you cannot install from the WordPress plugins directory for any reason, and need to install from ZIP file:

  1. Kopiere den Ordner mit allen Inhalten in das Verzeichnis /wp-content/plugins/ oder lade die ZIP-Datei direkt im Plugin-Bereich deiner WordPress-Installation hoch.
  2. Folge den Anweisungen von Schritt 4 oberhalb


How can I obtain support for this product?

We have instructions and a Knowledge Base on our website explaining common setup queries and issues.

Please feel free to email contact@wp-pdf.com with any questions.

Always include your full shortcode, plus links to the relevant pages, and screenshots if they would be helpful too.

We may occasionally be able to respond to support queries posted on the ‚Support‘ forum here on the wordpress.org plugin page, but we recommend sending us an email instead if possible.

How can I change the Size or customize the Toolbar?

See Settings -> PDF Embedder in your WordPress admin to change site-wide defaults. You can also override individual embeds by modifying the shortcode.

Größenänderung funktioniert wie folgt:

  • If width=’max‘ the width will take as much space as possible within its parent container (e.g. column within your page).
  • If width is a number (e.g. width=’500′) then it will display at that number of pixels wide.

In all cases, if the parent container is narrower than the width calculated above, then the document width will be reduced to the size of the container.

The height will be calculated so that the document fits naturally, given the width already calculated.

The Next/Prev toolbar can appear at the top or bottom of the document (or both), and it can either appear only when the user hovers over the document or it can be fixed at all times.

See the Plugin Instructions for more details about sizing and toolbar options.

PDF Embedder Premium feature list

Features available in the premium versions of the plugin:

  • Download-Button in der Werkzeugleiste
  • Scrolle ganz einfach von einer Seite zur nächsten.
  • Hyperlinks sind voll funktionsfähig
  • Vollbild-Modus
  • Edit page number to jump straight to page
  • Track number of downloads and views
  • Removes wp-pdf.com attribution from the toolbar
  • Mobile-friendly
  • Secure option – difficult to download original PDF

See wp-pdf.com for details!

Can I improve the viewing experience for mobile users?

Yes, our PDF Embedder Premium plugin has an intelligent ‚full screen‘ mode.
When the document is smaller than a certain width, the document displays only as a ‚thumbnail‘ with a large ‚View in Full Screen‘ button for the user to click when they want to study your document.
This opens up the document so it has the full focus of the mobile browser, and the user can move about the document without hitting other parts of the web page by mistake.
Click Exit to return to the regular web page.

See our website wp-pdf.com for more details and purchase options.

Can I protect my PDFs so they are difficult for viewers to download directly?

Not with the free or (regular) pdf embedder premium versions – it is relatively easy to find the link to download the file directly.

A secure premium version is available that encrypts the PDF during transmission, so it is difficult for a casual user to save or print the file for use outside your site.

See our website wp-pdf.com for more details and purchase options.

Can I add a Download button to the toolbar?

This is possible only in the PDF Embedder Premium version. As a workaround in the free version, you could add a direct link to the PDF beneath the embedded version.

To do this, copy the URL from the pdf-embedder shortcode and insert it into a link using HTML such as this:
<a href=“(url of PDF)“>Download Here</a>

Werden Hyperlinks unterstützt?

The Premium versions allow functioning hyperlinks – both internal links within the document, and links to external websites.

Can I remove the wp-pdf.com link from the viewer toolbar?

The easiest way is to upgrade to our Premium version, but if you know how to add entries to your database then you can add a line to the wp_options table
with option_name ‚pdfemb_poweredby‘ and option_value ‚1‘.

For more information on PDF Embedder Premium versions visit wp-pdf.com.


1. November 2020
I have many PDF files that I would rather display in a post instead of provide a link. The information is more immediately available to the reader and the page looks better. This plugin works well. Thanks for the plugin.
2. Oktober 2020
I paid for the "Secure" version of this plugin... The pdf direct download link is in plain text in the page source and post headers (pdfemb-serveurl) 🙁 Instructions say uploading the PDF in the securepdfs/ folder ensures security and enabling the secure settings creates a backdoor path, not so. I was able to directly access the file from a browser without using a referrer header and download the file. A content Bot would have no issues scraping PDFs. Caveat Emptor On a positive note, the plugin does have a small memory footprint, that should help with page load speed 🙂
15. September 2020
It has a problem with already uploaded media. My website has around 70 pdf files in the uploads section but none of them appear when selecting a pdf. I need to download each pdf one by one and upload them again. Otherwise it looks great, I hope they fix this one flaw
4. August 2020
I had this issue of the Embedded PDFs not loading properly all of a sudden, site-wide. I was not sure where to begin but after reading up the support forum posts, reached out to the Customer support team at PDF Embedder plug-in. I promptly received response same day (within hours of posting my query) with possible ways to troubleshoot and couple of pointers for me to look at. I realized it indeed was the act of a caching plug-in coupled with cache accumulated at cloudflare end. Purging the cache and rebuilding same has brought back the functionality. Now my PDFs load smoothly, as earlier. No issue at all with the plug-in. Thanks to Emma for the timely response and pointed suggestions.
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Added support for Italian language
Security & Bug fixes
Updated compatibility for WordPress 5.7


PDF Zoom increase upto 800%
Added compatibility for WordPress 5.7


Fix language compatibility issue in viewer
Fixes js and css files cache issue
Added compatibility for WordPress 5.3.2


Added compatibility for WordPress 5.3
Fixes multiple PDF rendering issues in viewer


Fixed code for policy compatibility


Fixed Scrollbar issues with Firefox and iOS devices. Improved compatibility


Fixed script problem on some Gutenberg editor installations. Improved compatibility


Added compatibility for WordPress 5.2.1


Fixed general bug & added compatibility


Added compatibility for WordPress 5.2.1


Added compatibility with Gutenberg Editor


Updated version of underlying pdf.js library, fixes some rendering bugs.

Recalculates fresh viewer size more often in response to resize events. Previous versions attempted to increase performance by only recalculating viewer size when it had changed, but this missed some required resizing after Javascript-based tabs are clicked.

Fixed some issues with zoom appearance.

Mouse scroll wheel is now more consistent across all browsers (in terms of scroll speed).

When scrollbars are always visible, no longer cuts off edge of PDF underneath.


Ready for compatibility with WordPress 4.8.

New mouse wheel scrolling in Firefox wasn’t working with some themes.

Latest version of pdf.js library, and newest code bringing the free version into line with the premium versions.

Mouse wheel scrolling in Firefox no longer also scrolls the window unless at very top or bottom of page.


Latest version of pdf.js library, and newest code bringing the free version into line with the premium versions.

Improved responsiveness and redraw of pages.

Plugin now respects the SCRIPT_DEBUG flag in wp-config.php and displays non-minified versions of the JS files if this is set to true.
Helps debugging any issues.


Latest version of pdf.js library to include recent rendering developments/fixes by the team.


Internal code refactoring. Added note that ‚page turning arrows‘ are now available in the premium versions.


Fix for a small number of PDFs rendering as smaller than expected on some high resolution screens.


Please clear browser and any WordPress cache if you experience any problems following this upgrade.

Bessere Unterstützung für hochauflösende Bildschirme

Improved SEO for embedded PDFs (which are now links initially before Javascript converts them into the interactive view).
This also ensures the PDFs are accessible to users even if Javascript problems cause your site to break.

Kompatibel mit WordPress 4.6.

Filter mx_pdfemb_oberride_send_to_editor hinzugefügt. Damit kann die Erzeugung der Shortcodes auf Wunsch unterdrückt werden.

Verwendet letzte Version von pdf.js Bibliothek zum Darstellen von PDFs.

Toolbar buttons have type=“button“ attribute to avoid conflicts with some other plugins.

Spanish translation contributed by Armando Landois.

Added pdfemb_filter_shortcode_attrs filter so developers can change default shortcode parameters through code.


Fixes für rechts-nach-links Sprachen


Französische Übersetzung hinzugefügt, Danke an Thierry Gaillou von JDFitForme.
Verwendet eine neuer Version der pdf.js Bibliothek zum Darstellen von PDFs


Verwendet die letzte Version der pdf.js-Bibliothek zum Darstellen von PDFs.
Optionsseite aufgeräumt.


Some settings were difficult to change on multisite installs.


Code placeholders for opening links – available only in premium versions.
Updated languages.


Code placeholders for tracking views/downloaders – available only in premium versions.
Updated languages.


Now translation-ready! Your language contributions are welcome.
Compatibility with WordPress 4.4

Contains information about new features in Premium version:
Functioning hyperlinks
Jump to page number


Better explanation of some error messages (e.g. attempt to access PDF on a different domain).
Forced white background by default – some Theme’s CSS would override.


‚Downdload PDF‘-Button zu den Optionen hinzugefügt, diese Funktion ist aber nur in den Premium-Versionen verfügbar


Werkzeugleisten-Buttons neugestaltet


New version of PDF.js, fixes some PDF rendering bugs.


Obtains PDF over same transport (https/http) as host page, regardless of that specified in the shortcode url parameter. This avoids conflicts and failure to display PDF if the two don’t match.


Settings -> PDF Embedder page so you can now set site-wide defaults for width, height, and toolbar location/appearance.


Added zoom feature. Toolbars can be fixed instead of appearing on hover.


Fixed ’scrollbars‘ in IE.


Fixed ’scrollbar‘ issues.

Anzeige der Seitenzahl in der Werkzeugleiste („Seite 1/10“).

Added ‚Loading…‘ indicator.

Improved display of many PDFs (Added ‚cmaps‘ to the distribution).


Added compatibility.js to support some minor browsers, e.g. Safari which did not allow ranged downloads


Minified Javascript code. Default width/height (now „max“) expands to fill parent container width regardless of the natural size of the document. Use width=“auto“ to obtain the old behavior.


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