Firefox for Android is getting a native PDF viewer
Mozilla is working on integrating a native PDF viewer in Firefox for Android. Firefox Nightly for Android users may test the PDF viewer already, but it will become available to all users eventually.
One of Firefox for Android's shortcomings right now, compared to Google Chrome, is missing support for opening PDF documents directly in the mobile browser; this deficit is being eradicated soon.
The basis for PDF viewing in Firefox for Android is the same that Mozilla Firefox for desktop operating systems has: the Mozilla-developed pdf.js application. The PDF viewer has been available for years for Firefox on Windows, Linux and Mac devices, and it is making its debut on Firefox for Android as well now.
Android users who run Firefox Nightly on their device may test the functionality already. It is not enabled by default, but can be enabled in the advanced configuration.
Here is how that is done:
- Load about:config in the Firefox Nightly address bar.
- Search for pdfjs.disabled.
- Use the toggle button to set the preference to FALSE.
This enables the built-in PDF viewer in Firefox for Android. Any PDF file that is opened in Firefox for Android is then loaded in the browser's PDF reader and not in an external application on the Android device.
Firefox users need to be aware that this is an early implementation of the feature. Some elements need to be adjusted to better fit the mobile user experience and it should be considered a work in progress at this time.
After all, it is disabled in Firefox Nightly, the cutting edge development channel of Firefox. Work will continue on the implementation in the coming weeks and months.
Mozilla has not yet decided on a target release version, but it is almost certain that it will see the light in 2023 in Firefox Stable for Android.
Firefox 108 for Android includes a new PDF related feature though. Users of the browser may save websites as PDF files when it is released next Tuesday.
Now You: do you view PDF files in browsers? (via Sören Hentzschel)
I do on occasion view a pdf within Edge before decided if I want to save it locally to open later with my default PDF reader, SumatraPDF.
However, this is all on PC as I avoid using browsers on mobile devices as much as I avoid children removing my eyeballs with popcicle sticks.
If I open a PDF on a mobile device, it’s a local file.
When you open PDF files, it’s always saved on local. Difference is when using Edge, it’s saved somewhere else.
On PC I use SumatraPDF, but on phone I rarely need PDFs, but if I did, I would probably install a separate program. Still not a bad thing that they are adding this.
Although I would much prefer if they expanded their extension library. It’s been a year or more since the new version of Firefox for Android released and still only a handful of them are available.
I have the opposite use case, I have to open more PDF files in mobile.If done right, this will be awesome for me.
Hopefully that means I can open them in Firefox instead of Drobpox of Google Drive. That would be handy.
It was about time. I’m glad finally they integrate this.
It was about time. I’m glad finally they integrate a PDF viewer.
Don’t think Chrome ever had a PDF viewer on Android. It always used Drive PDF viewer for those purposes.
Saving PDF feature is a nice welcome back in Firefox. It was present in Fennec but removed in Fenix. Firefox had the best implementation of saving a pdf back then on Android and I hope that’s the case again.
Wow, that’s so cute and revolutionary. Meanwhile, with Kiwi browser one has been able to use this https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/pdf-viewer/oemmndcbldboiebfnladdacbdfmadadm for years.
Wow you are so smart.
Native vs add-on? Wow you are super smart!
That link is for a Chrome extension, not Kiwi browser. Stop tolling Iron Heart
Alternatively, add the following line to user.js in your desktop Firefox profile folder:
* Hopefully about:config will be enabled soon in the stable version of Firefox Fenix.
What we all needed, another PDF reader.
Can please someone tell me: does this browser still open every single link on a new tab even if it’s not meant to i.e disregarding the link properties?
It was the reason I ditched it.