Best 8 WordPress PDF Viewer Plugins You Can Trust

Best 8 pdf viewer plugins

A WordPress PDF plugin can be very useful for various business websites. A PDF file, as you might know, can’t be edited, hence its formatting can’t be changed without permission. As such, if you are looking to share a document over the internet without it losing its formatting, saving it in PDF format will do the job.

But what if you wanted to share your content in PDF format with your audience on your WordPress website? Well, the problem is, you can’t really view a PDF file on WordPress by default. 

WordPress, though very robust, doesn’t allow for PDF viewing. So, if you upload a PDF file to your WordPress website, your visitors will have to download the file and view it with an external PDF reader. You may not want that to happen as you would like to keep them on your site.

Thankfully, there’s a workaround for this problem: WordPress pdf viewer plugins. PDF viewer plugins make it possible for visitors to view a pdf file right within a WordPress website without needing to download it. 

In this post, we will be considering the best 8 plugins that enable pdf viewing on WordPress.


The Best WordPress Plugins for Viewing PDF Files

We’ve curated some of the best plugins you can’t go wrong with when it comes to viewing PDF files on WordPress. Here are 8 of them.

1. PDF Embedder

PDF Embedder Plugin

If you are looking for an easy, seamless way to embed PDF files into your webpages and posts on WordPress, this plugin will suffice.

The plugin comes in both free and paid versions. In the free version, you can navigate through a document, quite seamlessly, using the next and previous buttons. 

To get more out of the plugin, you will have to upgrade to the paid version. It costs $20 for a single site, $30 for 2-5 sites and $50 for unlimited sites. In the paid version, there’s a download button, which when clicked will prompt the downloading of the file. 

What’s more, the premium version allows for full-screen viewing, making it possible for a visitor to navigate to a specific page, etc.

2. E2Pdf

Looking to create powerful WordPress PDF documents without having to write codes, E2Pdf plugin is for you. It has also some unique features which include:

  • Merging WordPress data or web forms to PDFs
  • Enables visitors to send editable PDFs, with signatures and images inclusive
  • Add images, text and form field

This plugin also comes with a built-in PDF document and forms editor.

Above all, it’s free!

3. WooCommerce PDF Invoices & Packing Slips

As the name implies, this plugin will help with some tasks on your WooCommerce store. It allows users generate a PDF invoice together with a customer’s order confirmation email.

As an admin, you get to control the invoices and packing slips in the admin area. What’s more, customizable templates are made available with the plugin.

You can also opt for the premium extensions for added features.

4. PDF Poster

Wouldn’t it be nice if your visitors could download PDF files straight from your posts? Sure it would, and with the PDF Poster plugin you can easily insert pdf files in your WordPress posts, pages, widgets e.t.c. 

For additional features, you will need the pro version which costs $30. Some of its features include:

  • Additional Gutenberg blocks
  • Sidebar toggle menu in viewer
  • Content protection by preventing copy and downloads
  • Control over download button

Further, you get a lifetime update and priority support.

5. Gravity PDF

This is another powerful PDF viewer plugin. It lets you decide the look and feel of your PDF with its highly customizable designs. What’s more, they offer security and privacy, so you don’t need to worry about an outsider getting your information. Other features include:

  • Multilingual support
  • Automated PDF emails
  • It is also an open source software
  • Documentation and support
  • Unlimited use

For additional designs and functionality, you will have to pay. For just templates, it’ll cost $155.09, extensions cost $233.03. Buying them both, however, will cost $310.97.

6. PDF.js Viewer Shortcode

PDF.js Viewer Shortcode

Built on Javascript, this plugin utilizes Mozilla’s PDF viewer technology to display pdf files in WordPress, elegantly.

One of the cool features of this plugin is that it allows users to protect their pdf files with passwords. Additionally, it allows for zooming, is available in many languages, has search functionality, and many other interesting features.

It’s also absolutely free!

7. PDF & Print by BestWebSoft – WordPress Plugin

PDF & Print Plugin by BestWebSoft

With this plugin, you can add a button for creating and printing PDF files to your published posts, pages, and also archives in WordPress. 

Talking about customization and flexibility, this plugin is second to none. For instance, it’s entirely up to you to determine where the button will be placed in a post or a page. You can also set the size of the pdf view window, hide the pdf from certain users, set custom margins on the document, and lots more.

Furthermore, in the paid version, you can set watermarks, customize the header and footer of the document, make a pdf file impossible to copy, etc. It costs for $33.99, $250, $309.80 for annual, membership and lifetime respectively. 

8. Flowpaper – WordPress PDF Plugin

Flowpaper PDF plugin

With this plugin, you can also give your pdf documents a flipping effect, and a flipping effect makes a document visually appealing.

Provided your file size is kept below 15MB, you won’t have any issue using this plugin. 

To embed a document, all you need do is to have it uploaded to your WordPress website. When you do this, a shortcode for the file will be generated. 

After that, copy and paste the shortcode right where you want the file to be displayed, and you are done. 

In addition, the plugin comes with a variety of themes, and are all customizable.


In this post, we shared with you 8 powerful plugins that allow your visitors to view pdf documents right within your WordPress website. In fact, some even allow visitors to convert your posts to pdf files which they can either view in your website or download to their machine.

Now, you don’t have to worry about WordPress’ inability to display pdf files.

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 This post was written by Sam Mulaim

Hello! I’m Sam - the founder and CEO of FixRunner WordPress support. When I started FixRunner one of my goals was to help people run a successful website and overcome WordPress issues. I don’t have much time these days to write new posts but when I do I enjoy it very much.

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