open pdf within browser via php code

Posted on 2013-06-25
Last Modified: 2013-06-25
Using PHP code I have created a pdf document and stored it as a file on our server.

I can open the pdf file within the browser if I access it via it's url
I can email it as an attachment and successfully open

I can't open the pdf in the browser window via a php call.

I get the following error "File doesn't begin with '%PDF-'

I have tried the following options   ($file is a variable)

option 1      
        header('Content-Disposition: inline; filename="'.$file.'"');
      header('Content-Type: application/pdf');
      header('Content-Length: '.filesize($file));

option 2
       header("Content-type: application/pdf");
       header("Content-Disposition: inline; filename=".$file);

option 3
       header("Content-Type: application/pdf");
       header("Cache-Control: no-cache");
       header("Accept-Ranges: none");
       header("Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=\"".$file."\"");

I have also attempted to use absolute references rather than the variable '$file' but I haven't been successful

Question by:joomla
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Expert Comment

ID: 39276491
Tested your first option and it works as it should.
Check you are not using an old version of pdf reader.
Assuming you have nothing else in the php page...?

Author Comment

ID: 39276509
Is there a way to make it version irrelevant ?
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Expert Comment

ID: 39276515
I'm guessing that it's probably a missing file / path issue. To confirm that, add this before the first header() in option 1:

  echo "{$file} does not exist!";
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Expert Comment

ID: 39276520
What browser are you using? What version of PDF reader?
Assuming gr8gonzo is wrong and you do have the correct file path....

Author Comment

ID: 39276535
thanks gr8gonzo, but the path is correct, however I appreciate the feedback.

application:  DOMPDF
version:   PDF 1.3   (acrobat 4.x)

I should point out, it opens if sent as an attachment and or if I click on the link

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Expert Comment

ID: 39276558
1.3 - are you sure?
That's 13 years old, and probably the reason. Earlier version of PDF reader had problems with IE's ActiveX

Author Comment

ID: 39276633
sorry for the slow response
using adobe acrobat professional seems to give the same result

I tried downloading/installing latest version of reader but Kasparskey locked my machine and I had to restart

Can anyone recommend a better anti-virus as I'm running out of tolerance for K.

Can you confirm that the following code block works for you ?

      header('Content-Disposition: inline; filename="'.$file.'"');
      header('Content-Type: application/pdf');
      header('Content-Length: '.filesize($file));
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Accepted Solution

Gary earned 250 total points
ID: 39276645
Microsoft Security Essentials - been using it over a year and never an infection and its free (I know what you mean about Kaspersky - and McAfee)
Also AVG - has a free version.
Depends how much you want to spend or not spend.

Yep that code works fine - but I'm on PDF 10

Author Closing Comment

ID: 39276648
thanks for your help

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