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react-pdf-highlighter is a React library that provides annotation experience for PDF documents on web. It is built on top of PDF.js by Mozilla. Text and rectangular highlights are supported. Highlight data format is independent of the viewport, making it suitable for saving on the server.

Example (Create React App)

For online example check

To run the example app locally:

npm install
npm start

While docs are in progress, feel free to check the source annotated with Flow type signatures.


npm install react-pdf-highlighter

See packages/example/src/App.js for React component API example.

Prior art

react-pdf and react-pdfjs only provide React wrappers for PDF.js and do not have built-in annotation functionality.

pdfjs-annotate does not provide text highlights out of the box.

PDF.js provides only viewer:

PDF.js is mainly written for reading PDF files, not editing them. Because of that we don't yet support adding any kind of annotations. We do however support rendering a number of annotation types for viewing.

See also:


Can I get a new PDF with the highlights embedded into the document?

No, but pdf-annotation-service might be helpful for you.

Wasn't this named react-pdf-annotator at some point?

Yes, but people from asked me to rename, since they have a trademark for PDF Annotator.

I'm trying the demo with my PDF and it is not loading!

Please check the CORS headers on your url. It is required for the cross-domain request.


Works in Google Chrome, Safari 10+, Firefox 52+. Not tested in Internet Explorer.


To publish a new version:

npx lerna version

cd ./packages/react-pdf-highlighter
npm publish

PDF.js worker thread

The default worker is an inline "fake" worker. To improve performance, either add the worker-loader (preferred) to your webpack config or use the inline loader syntax.

Webpack config example snippet

Use this if have your own config

  module: {
    rules: [
        test: /\.worker\.js$/,
        use: 'worker-loader',

Inline Webpack-loader syntax

Use in Create React App projects

import PDFWorker from "worker-loader!pdfjs-dist/lib/pdf.worker";

import {setPdfWorker} from 'react-pdf-highlighter';

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