These plugins are available on all plans.

We encourage users currently using the Docs Viewer pluging to use the new PDF Embed. The service Google provides for the Docs Viewer has become less reliable, and the viewer often fails to display documents. PDF Embed should always display embedded PDFs.

Note: any non-PDF documents previously being displayed by the Docs Viewer (eg, Microsoft Word documents), will need to be converted to PDFs for PDF Embed to display them.

PDF Embed

PDF Embed renders PDFs directly on the page, allowing users to read the document without needing to click on the file links. Installing the plugin displays the viewer on any page that contains a PDF.

There are two configuration settings for the plugin. The first is the height, which will determine how tall the viewer for the PDF will be on your page. The second allows you to choose how the PDFs are rendered on the page:


  • “Object” uses the browser’s native PDF viewer or plugins like Adobe Reader.
  • “PDF.js” uses a cross-browser JavaScript-based PDF viewer.

Object will work for most users, however Internet Explorer does not have a built-in PDF viewer. JavaScript will require newer technology on the user’s end, but may provide more coverage of those users.

Docs Viewer

Docs Viewer embeds a Google document viewer into item show pages; among the supported file types are PDF documents, PowerPoint presentations, TIFF files, and some Microsoft Word documents.

Please keep in mind that some files may take a long time to load, and some may not load at all, depending on file size, connection speed, and other variables.

By using this service you acknowledge that you have read and agreed to the Google Docs Viewer Terms of Service.

Configure Docs Viewer

Options for configuring docs viewer display on public and admin sides.

The configuration page gives you options for where you’d like the Docs Viewer plugin to appear: on either or both the Admin or the public views of your site.

Under Admin Theme and Public Theme, select whether to embed the view in your item show pages and adjust the width and height of your viewer (in pixels).

Save Changes to finish the configuration process.