Open pdf file from website in brave

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Description of the issue:

brave does not give option to open pdf file links in the browser (i.e. a new browser tab), it only gives the option to download it.

this issue has been discussed a number of times in the brave community but it is still not solved (at least not on my PC). I have read several posts on this issue here in the community, tried several suggested solutions, nothing worked so far.

Steps to Reproduce (add as many as necessary): 1. 2. 3.

click on the link to a pdf file in brave

Actual Result (gifs and screenshots are welcome!):

  1. a new brave browser window opens
  2. a “save as” window pops up asking to name the file and save it

Expected result:


  1. upon clicking on the pdf file link, open a window giving the option to either download/save it or open it in a new browser window

  2. open the file in a new browser window automatically (in that case, this behaviour should be selectable from browser settings (i.e. whether brave should either download/save or open it)

I expect this to be solved within brave without having to change windows default program to open pdfs! (firefox can do it, why can’t brave do it???)

Reproduces how often:

every time I click on a pdf file link

Operating System and Brave Version(See the About Brave page in the main menu):

Win 7 SP1
Brave Version 1.35.103 Chromium: 98.0.4758.102 (Official Build) (64-bit)

Additional Information:

disappointing that the brave team did not manage to solve this issue for years now

@GDoe ,

Soon after the Original Post at

. . . there is a list of websites that offer PDF files to test.

I tried the and brave did open the pdfs in a new browser window, all good.
Reading the thread you shared Clicking on PDF links will prompt to save file instead of allowing to open it I conclude that the issue may be with special characters being encoded using % , while I did not test too many, I know that the pdfs I am having this issue with do have such encoding issues (being named with greek font).
Still a shame that brave did not manage to solve this yet.

… too bad that this test site does not have the pdf linked any more so I cannot test it … time has passed.

yes, the brave://settings/content/pdfDocuments is set to open PDFs in browser etc.

the problem is not with the website, in other browsers these pdfs open nicely in the browser or I get the message window that allows me to choose whether to save/download or to open in browser.

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no, did not. any suggestions?

Do you have IDM installed?

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