Force a PDF to open in an iframe


I'm trying to create a page where I basically have list of links to PDF files and an iframe. When a user clicks on a link I want that PDF to be displayed in the iframe. I'm using angularjs for the page and when a user clicks on a link I simply reset the src attribute of the iframe to point to the selected PDF. This seems to work fine in some browsers but IE insists on asking me if I want to open or download the file.

Is this something that can be overridden? Can I force all browsers to open the PDF directly in the iframe or is this a browser setting?

Daniel Södling
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Jason C. LevineDon't talk to me.Commented:
If you are just setting the source to point to the PDF, you are leaving the ultimate decision in the hands of the browser and user settings.

I would attempt to use PDF.js to render the PDF instead:

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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
Firefox and Chrome and Opera have built-in PDF viewers.  Last time I checked, IE does not and requires the Adobe reader add-on to open PDFs in the browser.
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I just checked IE11 and since I installed Adobe Reader DC, it will also open in the browser.  I don't know about other versions of IE and Adobe.
Daniel SödlingAuthor Commented:
I'll take a look at the js library.
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