Cordova Wrapper for PSPDFKit for Android
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Cordova Wrapper for PSPDFKit 4 for Android

The PSPDFKit SDK is a framework that allows you to view, annotate, sign, and fill PDF forms on iOS, Android, Windows, macOS, and Web. PSPDFKit Instant adds real-time collaboration features to seamlessly share, edit, and annotate PDF documents.

PSPDFKit comes with open source wrappers for Cordova on both iOS and Android. These wrappers also work for being used with the Ionic framework.

This plugin defines a global PSPDFKit object, which provides an API for viewing PDF documents with PSPDFKit for Android.


Installation in a Cordova app

$ cordova plugin add

Installation in an Ionic app

$ ionic cordova plugin add


function showMyDocument() {
  PSPDFKit.showDocumentFromAssets('www/documents/myFile.pdf', {
    title: 'My PDF Document',
    page: 4,
    scrollDirection: PSPDFKit.PageScrollDirection.VERTICAL,
    scrollMode: PSPDFKit.ScrollMode.CONTINUOUS,
    useImmersiveMode: true,
    password: "my-document-password"


Opens a document from the local device storage.

PSPDFKit.showDocument(uri, options, success, fail)


Opens a document from the app's asset directory. To package a file within your app's assets, put it into the www/ directory of your project.

PSPDFKit.showDocumentFromAssets(assetPath, options, success, fail)

Supported Platforms

  • Android SDK API level 19+ / Android 4.4+ (KitKat)


You can use the options parameter to configure PSPDFKit. Here is a list of valid configuration options. You can omit option entries to use their default value, or pass in an empty options object {} to keep all default settings.

var options {
	backgroundColor: '#EFEFEF', // hex-color of the page background
	disableAnnotationList: true, // hide annotation list (default: false)
	disableAnnotationNoteHinting: true, // hide small notes next to annotations that have a text set (default: false)
	disableBookmarkEditing: true, // hide bookmark editing (default: false)
	disableBookmarkList: true, // hide bookmark list (default: false)
	disableCopyPaste: true, // disable annotation copy/paste (default: false)
	disableDocumentEditor: true, // hide document editor (default: false)
	disableOutline: true, // hide the outline menu (default: false)
	disablePrinting: true, // hide option to print (default: false)
	disableShare: true, // hide share button (default: false)
	disableUndoRedo: true, // disable undo/redo system (default: false)      
	hidePageLabels: true, // hide page labels (if available in PDF) in page overlay and thumbnail grid (default: false)  
	hidePageNumberOverlay: false, // hide the overlay showing the current page (default: false)
	hideSettingsMenu: false, // hide the settings menu (default: false)
	thumbnailBarMode: PSPDFKit.ThumbnailBarMode.THUMBNAIL_BAR_MODE_DEFAULT, // show static thumbnail bar. Also valid: THUMBNAIL_BAR_MODE_DEFAULT, THUMBNAIL_BAR_MODE_SCROLLABLE
	hideThumbnailGrid: false, // hide the thumbnail grid menu (default: false)
	pageFitMode: PSPDFKit.PageFitMode.FIT_TO_WIDTH, // also valid: PSPDFKit.PageFitMode.FIT_TO_SCREEN
	scrollDirection: PSPDFKit.PageScrollDirection.VERTICAL, // also valid: PSPDFKit.PageScrollDirection.HORIZONTAL
	scrollMode: PSPDFKit.ScrollMode.CONTINUOUS, // also valid: PSPDFKit.ScrollMode.PER_PAGE
	invertColors: false, // invert rendered colors (default: false)
	toGrayscale: true, // render document in grayscale only (default: false)
	title: "My PSPDFKit app", // title displayed in the viewer action bar
	startZoomScale: 2.0, // initial zoom value (default: 1.0)
	maxZoomScale: 10.0, // maximum zoom factor when zooming into a page (default: 15.0)
	zoomOutBounce: false, // "bounce" animation when pinch-zooming out (default: true)
	page: 2, // initial page number (default: 0, i.e. the first page)
	useImmersiveMode: true, // activate Android's immersive app mode (default: false)
	disableSearch: false, // completely deactivate document search (default: false)
	searchType: PSPDFKit.SearchType.SEARCH_MODULAR, // also valid: PSPDFKit.SearchType.SEARCH_INLINE
	autosaveEnabled: true, // automatically save document changes on exit (default: true)
	annotationEditing: {
		enabled: true, // activate annotation editing (default: true)
		creatorName: 'John Doe' // author name written into new annotations (default: null)
	password: "my-document-password" // use this to open encrypted PDF files

PSPDFKit.showDocumentFromAssets('www/documents/myFile.pdf', options);

Quickstart Guide

Create a new Apache Cordova project from your command line using the Apache Cordova Command-Line Interface (CLI).

$ cordova create pdfapp com.example.pdfapp PDF-App
$ cd pdfapp

Important: Your app's package name (in the above example com.example.pdfapp) has to match your PSPDFKit license name or PSPDFKit will throw an exception.

Add Android platform support to your project:

$ cordova platform add android

Install the PSPDFKit plugin:

$ cordova plugin add

Copy the PSPDFKit library file (usually pspdfkit-<version>.aar, demo version also works) into your project. This example uses version 4.x.x of the PSPDFKit library. The current working directory has to be your project directory:

$ cp /path/to/pspdfkit-4.x.x.aar platforms/android/libs/

Set the minimum SDK version of your Android application to 19. To do so, add the android-minSdkVersion preference to the android platform configuration of your config.xml. It should now look like this:

<platform name="android">
    <preference name="android-minSdkVersion" value="19" />
    <!-- more Android platform settings -->

Configure your PSPDFKit license key inside the platforms/android/app/src/main/AndroidManifest.xml (demo license key also works):

		<meta-data android:name="pspdfkit_license_key" android:value="..." />

You are now ready to build your app!

$ cordova build


PdfActivity missing in AndroidManifest.xml

In some cases, it might occur that Cordova fails adding the required <activity/> entry to your app's AndroidManifest.xml. If this is the case, you will see an error message like this when trying to show a PDF document:

05-23 21:55:40.214 20912-20982/ E/PluginManager: Uncaught exception from plugin 
android.content.ActivityNotFoundException: Unable to find explicit activity class {}; have you declared this activity in your AndroidManifest.xml? 
at org.apache.cordova.CordovaActivity.startActivityForResult( 
at com.pspdfkit.ui.PdfActivity.showDocument(SourceFile:113) 
at com.pspdfkit.cordova.PSPDFKitCordovaPlugin.showDocumentForUri( 
at com.pspdfkit.cordova.PSPDFKitCordovaPlugin.showDocument( 
at com.pspdfkit.cordova.PSPDFKitCordovaPlugin.execute( 
at org.apache.cordova.CordovaPlugin.execute( 
at org.apache.cordova.PluginManager.exec( 
at org.apache.cordova.CordovaBridge.jsExec( 
at org.apache.cordova.engine.SystemExposedJsApi.exec( 
at org.chromium.base.SystemMessageHandler.nativeDoRunLoopOnce(Native Method) 
at org.chromium.base.SystemMessageHandler.handleMessage( 
at android.os.Handler.dispatchMessage( 
at android.os.Looper.loop( 

To fix the issue, you need to manually add following entry to your AndroidManifest.xml, usually located at <your-project>/platforms/android/app/src/main/AndroidManifest.xml:

<manifest ...>
    <application ...>
	<!-- Add this entry if it is missing inside the manifest file. -->
        <activity android:name="com.pspdfkit.ui.PdfActivity" android:theme="@style/PSPDFKit.Theme" android:windowSoftInputMode="adjustNothing" />

The entry needs to be inside the existing <application></application> tags and should be added without removing any other entries that already exist. After recompiling and re-running the application, the error should be gone and PDF files should be properly displayed.

Locking the device orientation inside a PDF

If you want to lock the device orientation to, for example, portrait mode, you can do this by specifying the android:screenOrientation attribute on the PdfActivity inside your app's AndroidManifest.xml. However, since Cordova will always regenerate the AndroidManifest.xml at build time, you can't manually change the existing activity entry in the XML.

  1. Specify the extra android:screenOrientation attribute for PdfActivity inside your app's config.xml:

    <widget id="" ...>
        <!-- Add this to the end of your configuration to set the screen orientation inside PDFs. -->
        <edit-config file="AndroidManifest.xml" mode="merge" target="/manifest/application/activity[@android:name='com.pspdfkit.ui.PdfActivity']">
    	<!-- This will lock the screen orientation to portrait mode. -->
    	<activity android:screenOrientation="portrait" />

    For the complete list of screen orientations supported by Android, check out the official Android documentation:

  2. From the command line, run cordova prepare to update the AndroidManifest.xml.

  3. Open the platforms/android/app/src/main/AndroidManifest.xml file and ensure that the android:screenOrientation attribute was properly added to the existing PdfActivity declaration.


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