PDF viewer supporting touch gestures for jQuery
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TouchPDF is a simple web PDF viewer for jQuery. It is based on the pdf.js library and support mobile gestures for swiping pages and zooming.


  • Use finger to swipe to next or previous page
  • Pinch to zoom in and out
  • Follow links to document sections or external URLs
  • Add colorful tabs for quick access to bookmarked pages
  • Loads directly in your DOM, without iFrame

Supported browsers

Firefox, Chrome, Opera, IE >= 9, Safari, Android Browser


Check out the online demo at: http://touchpdf.net/demo/index.htm

Getting started

###Get the jQuery plugin To get a local copy of the plugin, clone it using git:

$ git clone git:// github.com/loicminghetti/touchpdf.git touchpdf
$ cd touchpdf

Note: you need to start a local web server as some browsers don't allow opening PDF files for a file:// url.

###Usage Add the following to your document's <head>

<meta name="viewport" content="initial-scale=1.0, user-scalable=no" />
<script type="text/javascript" src="jquery.min.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="pdf.compatibility.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="pdf.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="jquery.touchSwipe.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="jquery.panzoom.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="jquery.mousewheel.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript" src="jquery.touchPDF.js"></script>
<link href="jquery.touchPDF.css" rel="stylesheet" media="screen" /> 

Add an empty div in your document that will contain the PDF viewer

<div id="myPDF"></div>

Load a PDF file by adding the following script at the end of your document

<script type="text/javascript">
  $(function() {
    $("#myPDF").pdf( { source: "yourfile.pdf" } );

You ca also add bookmarks tabs to your PDF display:

$(function() {      
  $("#myPDF").pdf( {
    source: "demo.pdf",
    tabs: [
      {title: "Tab 1", page: 2, color: "orange"},
      {title: "Tab 2", page: 3, color: "green"},
      {title: "Tab 3", page: 5, color: "blue"},

###Viewer options

Option Type Default Description
source string " " Path of PDF file to display.
title string "TouchPDF" Title of the PDF to be displayed in the toolbar.
tabs array [ ] Array of tabs to display on the side. See below for syntax.
tabsColor string "beige" Default background color for all tabs. Available colors are "green", "yellow", "orange", "brown", "blue", "white", "black" and you can define your own colors with CSS.
disableZoom boolean false Disable zooming of PDF document. By default, PDF can be zoomed using scroll, two fingers pinch, +/- keys, and toolbar buttons.
disableSwipe boolean false Disable swipe to next/prev page of PDF document. By default, PDF can be swiped using one finger.
disableLinks boolean false Disable all internal and external links on PDF document..
disableKeys boolean false Disable the arrow keys for next/previous page and +/- for zooming (if zooming is enabled).
redrawOnWindowResize boolean true Force resize of PDF viewer on window resize.
pdfScale float 1 Defines the ratio between your PDF page size and the tabs size.
quality float 2 Set quality ratio for loaded PDF pages. Set at 2 for sharp display when user zooms up to 200%.
showToolbar boolean true Show a toolbar on top of the document with title, page number and buttons for next/prev pages and zooming.
loaded function null A handler triggered when PDF document is loaded (before display of first page).
changed function null A handler triggered each time a new page is displayed.
loadingHTML string "Loading PDF" Text or HTML displayed on white page shown before document is loaded.
loadingHeight int 841 Height in px of white page shown before document is loaded (default is A4 height).
loadingWidth int 595 Width in px of white page shown before document is loaded (default is A4 width).

###Tab attributes

Each tab must be defined using a json object with the following attributes:

Attribute Type Default Description
title string Mandatory Text to display on the tab. Text of less than 3 characters will be displayed horizontaly, longer text will be displayed verticaly.
page int Mandatory PDF document page number to link to. Page numbering starts at 1.
color string As defined in viewer Set a different color to the tab. See above for available colors.
offset int 0 Pill up tabs with a small offset so that the user knows there are hidden tabs behind. Starts at 0.
top int undefined Align tab from the top of the PDF document, by a given number of pixels. By default, tabs are positioned one after the other.
bottom int undefined Align tab from the bottom of the PDF document, by a given number of pixels.
height int undefined Set a specific height to the tab. By default, tab height will depend on the number of characters in the title.


This plugin heavily relies on the following great open source work:

Getting help

If you need help you can contact me

Enjoy and feel free to contribute!