D'lo DeProjuicer D'lo DeProjuicer - 1 month ago 8x
AngularJS Question

AngularJS: Display blob (.pdf) in an angular app

I have been trying to display pdf file which I am getting as a blob from a

response. The pdf must be displayed within the app using
<embed src>
for example.

I came across couple of stack posts but some how my example doesnt seem to work.


according to this doc, I went on and tried...

$http.post('/postUrlHere',{myParams}).success(function (response) {
var file = new Blob([response], {type: 'application/pdf'});
var fileURL = URL.createObjectURL(file);
$scope.content = fileURL;

Now from what I understand,
creates a temporary url that the blog can use as refference.


<embed src="{{content}}" width="200" height="200"></embed>

I am not sure how to handle this in angular, the ideal situation would be to (1) assign it to a scope, (2) 'prepare/rebuild' the blob to a pdf (3) pass it to the HTML using
cause I want to display it within the app.

I have been researching for more than a day now but some how I cant seem to understand how this works in angular.. and lets just assume the pdf viewer libraries out there weren't an option.


First of all you need to set the responseType to arraybuffer. This is required if you want to create a blob of your data. See Sending_and_Receiving_Binary_Data. So your code will look like this:

$http.post('/postUrlHere',{myParams}, {responseType:'arraybuffer'})
  .success(function (response) {
       var file = new Blob([response], {type: 'application/pdf'});
       var fileURL = URL.createObjectURL(file);

The next part is, you need to use the $sce service to make angular trust your url. This can be done in this way:

$scope.content = $sce.trustAsResourceUrl(fileURL);

Do not forget to inject the $sce service.

If this is all done you can now embed your pdf:

<embed ng-src="{{content}}" style="width:200px;height:200px;"></embed>