There are a lot of ways to add PDF Viewer to your applications. But we are going to present one old but the simplest way to render your desired PDF Files into your Android applications. You may use to display files from assets which we are going to do in today’s post. Or you may download pdf file from URI and display it in this viewer, Or simply you may read files from SD card. 

Android PDF Viewer Library

The Library to render PDF files which we are going to use in our project is named as AndroidPDFViewer. This library is Licenced Under Apache Licence, Version 2.0. To add this library into your project you may import via gradle implementation in your app level build.gradle file like follows

implementation 'com.github.barteksc:android-pdf-viewer:2.8.2'Code language: JavaScript (javascript)

Asset Folder in Project

Now we will load a file from Assets folder. So go to your project and right click on app level src folder. There goto New Folder and then choose assets folder. This will create the folder named assets now paste any sample PDF file into this folder, Like this

Assets folder with PDF file

Layout file

Now come to your activity layout file and create your XML layout file. In our example, we had used a full page pdf viewer with Linear Layout at TOP level parent of the layout. You may adjust your layout according to your need. The simple thing that you need to do is to add PDFView Widget to XML file like this

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<LinearLayout  xmlns:android=""



Load PDF in Activity

Now come to your activity and load the PDF file via code. We had used Kotlin but the same thing apply with JAVA as well. We loaded the PDF file from assets in onCreate Function after setting the content view. We simply used following code to load the file.

.enableSwipe(true) /* allows to block changing pages using swipe*/

because we named our widget as pdfView

Sample Output


If ProGaurd is enabled in your app then you should consider adding following line to your progaurd settings in file(according to Readme file from Github Repository). 

-keep class com.shockwave.**Code language: JavaScript (javascript)

By Abdul Rehman

My name is Abdul Rehman and I love to do Reasearch in Embedded Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision and Engineering related fields. With 10+ years of experience in Research and Development field in Embedded systems I touched lot of technologies including Web development, and Mobile Application development. Now with the help of Social Presence, I like to share my knowledge and to document everything I learned and still learning.

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