How to Embed a PDF Document on Your WordPress Site

While HTML is usually the best way to display information on a website, there may be cases where you need to display a PDF. To do that, you could simply link to the PDF, but then when someone clicks on the link, they go off of your site.

These are some ways to embed a PDF right on a page of your site.

Gutenberg File Block – The Native Solution

Gutenberg will display embedded PDFs out of the box! Just use the File block to insert your PDF, and it will be displayed, along with a download button!

PDF Embedder – The Basic Solution

The PDF Embedder plugin displays a PDF right on your page or post using a shortcode. Works great and has great ratings. I use it with the Divi theme. There is a paid version that includes a download link and better display on mobile.

Real3D Flipbook – The Fancy Solution

If you want something fancier, like for a brochure, this paid plugin lets you view PDFs using lightbox with realistic page-turning effects. You can view one page at a time or two, like an open book. And, you can do deep links into pages. $49 includes six months of upgrades.

Check out the website for an example in action!

Please leave a question or comment below! – Brian


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David Lain
David Lain
30 days ago

Love this plugin! Embedding PDFs directly into WordPress posts is so convenient, and your guide makes it easy to use. Thanks for sharing this helpful resource!