fabien7474 fabien7474 - 1 month ago 21x
iOS Question

How to display PDF (Blob) on iOS sent from my angularjs app

My Angular 1.5 application connect to a Java/Tomcat/Spring backend server via REST.

One REST service generates PDF and send it to the client. It works fine on DEsktop browsers (FF, Chrome at least) but I cannot see the PDF content on iOS (ipad for instance) whatever the browser I am using (Chrome, Safari..)

Here is the Angular Code :

$http.get("/displayPdf", {responseType: 'arraybuffer', params: {id: 1}}).
success(function(data) {
var blob = new Blob([data], {type 'application/pdf'});
var objectUrl = window.URL.createObjectURL(blob);

The Spring/Jax-RS code is :

Response displayPdf(@QueryParam("id") Long id) {
byte[] bytes = service.generatePdf();
return javax.ws.rs.core.Response.ok().
header("Content-Type", "pdf").
header("Content-Disposition", "attachment; filename='test.pdf'").

I have done my research here for instance(AngularJS: Display blob (.pdf) in an angular app) but could not find an appropriate solution.

So please, do you know what should I do to display the generated PDF to my iPad/iPhone end-users ?

Thanks a lot


None of the solutions proposed above did work for me.

The main issue comes from URL that wasn't retrieved correctly in iOS. The following code do the correct work :

window.URL = window.URL || window.webkitURL;

Also even with this, it did not work on Chrome iOS, neither Opera iOS...so after digging the internet and inspired with the following questions :

... I finally ended up with the follwoing code (working on all iOS browsers except FF on iOS) :

if (window.navigator.msSaveOrOpenBlob) { //IE 11+
  window.navigator.msSaveOrOpenBlob(blob, "my.pdf");
} else if (userAgent.match('FxiOS')) { //FF iOS
  alert("Cannot display on FF iOS");
} else if (userAgent.match('CriOS')) { //Chrome iOS
  var reader = new FileReader();
  reader.onloadend = function () { $window.open(reader.result);};
} else if (userAgent.match(/iPad/i) || userAgent.match(/iPhone/i)) { //Safari & Opera iOS
  var url = $window.URL.createObjectURL(blob);
  window.location.href = url;