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Displaying a PDF File in SAP Analytics Cloud, Analytic App with Custom Widget

In this tutorial, we’ll learn how we can create a custom widget to display a PDF document in SAC Analytic App.


We will leverage the SAPUI5 library sap.m.PDFViewer and call the code in the custom widget WebComponents code.

Here is the code for the XML view:

<mvc:View controllerName="myView.Template" xmlns:mvc="sap.ui.core.mvc" xmlns="sap.m" height="100%">
    <ScrollContainer height="100%" width="100%" horizontal="true" vertical="true">
        <PDFViewer id="pdf" source="{/Source}" title="{/Title}" height="{/Height}" loaded="onloaded" error="onerror" sourceValidationFailed="onsourceValidationFailed">
                <FlexItemData growFactor="1" />

Custom Widget

Create an Analytic App and insert the custom widget PDFViewer_1. Also insert the input area InputField_1 and button PDFViewer_1. With that we can load and display the PDF document from the URL.

On the Button_1: onClick() property, enter the following code to call the custom widget setPDFURL() function with the input the URL to the PDF document.

And that’s it.



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      Author's profile photo Huimin Li
      Huimin Li

      Hi Ferry,

      thanks for sharing, I got the following problem.

      1. the content will not be loaded in chrome, it will work in edge
      2.  when I add the widget, there are always 2 pdf in both design and run time, do you know the reason for this?Thank you and Best Regards,


      Author's profile photo Ferry Djaja
      Ferry Djaja
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Huimin,

      Thanks for feedback. I forgot to mention that we need to define the initial parameter:

      If you unable to display the PDF in Chrome, I guess it is something related to this:

      Check if you see this log in console.

      onsourceValidationFailed: function(oEvent) {

      p.s. I have updated the code aps_pdfviewer.js to resolve a minor bug.



      Author's profile photo Ajith Koothur Thomas
      Ajith Koothur Thomas

      Hi Ferry,

      Thanks for providing this information. Will this custom widget work with standard SAC export functionality using exportView() API? I added the parameter "supportsExport": true in JSON file but didn't work. Any leads here will be helpful.