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How to view a base64 encoded pdf using PDFViewer

I have a base64 encoded pdf content and want to view it using sap.m.PDFViwer. Since PDFViewer only accepts URI as source to display pdf:

So I should first create a blob url or a data url for my pdf content.

var base64EncodedPDF = "JVBERi0xLjcNCiW..."; // the encoded string
var decodedPdfContent = atob(base64EncodedPDF);
var byteArray = new Uint8Array(decodedPdfContent.length)
for(var i=0; i<decodedPdfContent.length; i++){
    byteArray[i] = decodedPdfContent.charCodeAt(i);
}
var blob = new Blob([byteArray.buffer], { type: 'application/pdf' });
var _pdfurl = URL.createObjectURL(blob);

However when I use this blob url as source of my PDFViewer, my pdf can’t be loaded at all however my blob url is accessible.

At last I find out that UI5 would validate the pdf url after rendering the PDFViewer dialog, only if my blob url is in the whitelist of UI5, my url can be considered as validated.

what I do is as below:

if(!this._PDFViewer){
     this._PDFViewer = new sap.m.PDFViewer({
         width:"auto",
         source:_pdfurl // my blob url
     });
     jQuery.sap.addUrlWhitelist("blob"); // register blob url as whitelist
}
this._PDFViewer.downloadPDF = function(){
File.save(
    byteArray.buffer,
    "Hello_UI5",
    "pdf",
    "application/pdf"
    );
};
this._PDFViewer.open();

The method addUrlWhitelist has four parameters.

jQuery.sap.addUrlWhitelist(protocol, host, port, path);

After I added my blob url as whitelist then the pdf can be loaded successfully!

 

What happens in UI5?

line 269: PDFViewer try validate the source url

In jQuery.sap.encoder.js, the method validateUrl would be executed:

And I can see from line 504(still in method validateUrl) why my blob url is now validated after doing addUrlWhiteList, the protocal,host,port and path would be checked:

 

The PDFViewer loads my pdf as below:

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  • Hi, @Vicky Chen

    I have a issue  when I try to load a pdf in my pdfviewer fiori app in fiori client Android. The  android system show a message refering a visor problem ( having install yet pdf visor  like adobe reader and others) and never load the pdf file so if you know how to handle this issue or what can i do?. I have tried with window.open(url), <iframe src= url>, <object data= url>, <embed src= url> and your solution but nothing happen just in Android. In iOS and Web your solution works fine when i test the app. thanks you!

    • Hi Hashim,

       

      The Unit8Array is a common used JS type, you can see the browser support here: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/JavaScript/Reference/Global_Objects/Uint8Array

       

      Thanks,

      Vicky

  • Hi Vicky,

    I used above solution for one of application and it is working perfectly fine but only in chrome whereas it is not display anything on IE browser.

     

    Can you please give us advice to run the same code for IE also?

     

    Regards,
    Pankaj Valecha

        • Hello all,

          the solution I implemented:

          if(window.navigator.msSaveOrOpenBlob){
           window.navigator.msSaveOrOpenBlob(blob,"filename.pdf");
          }else{
           sap.m.URLHelper.redirect(_pdfurl);
          }

          I reused the variable names Vicky used in her above code.

          PDFJs is not supporting IE11 as far as I know. Thus you have to download the file. The ELSE part is just a sample. You can of course use above code to open the PDF Viewer.

           

          cheers Carsten

  • Hi Vicky,

     

    Thanks for elaborating the method to view PDF using PDF viewer in SAPUI5 with all explanation.

    I was stuck with the same issue since last few days.

     

    Best Regards

    Pallav Jadav