I'm trying to embed a PDF document into a Leaflet map popup, so that the PDF displays within the popup balloon when the user clicks the map point.

I've attempted to place <embed src="mypdf.pdf" width="500px" height="500px" /> into the leaflet popup wrapper elements, but the <embed> element does not show the content of the PDF, it is just blank.

However, I can take this same <embed> element and place it anywhere else on the web page, outside of the Leaflet popup element, and it shows the PDF file as expected - pointing to a problem specific to the popup.

Is there a reason why the <embed> tag is not working inside of a popup?

  • have you tried using the PDF as an image and embedding that way?
    – MacroZED
    Commented Jan 31, 2018 at 9:24
  • What is your environment? Did you check for errors in console? I tested it in Win7 with IE11, Firefox and Chrome and it works OK.
    – TomazicM
    Commented Jan 31, 2018 at 18:42
  • I'm working on Win10 in Firefox. I'm not seeing any errors in the console. Can you show the contents of your example popup's <div class="leaflet-popup-content-wrapper"> element?
    – Bob
    Commented Jan 31, 2018 at 20:22
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    I tested also in Win10 with Edge, Firefox and Chrome. It worked. For IE11 I had to install Adobe Reader.My definition is simple: var myMarker = L.marker([39.744, -105.0043]).bindPopup('<embed src="test.pdf" width="200px" height="200px" />'); myMarker.addTo(map);
    – TomazicM
    Commented Feb 1, 2018 at 17:13

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I had a similar issue and was able to solve it based on the solution written by @TomazicM in the comment. In case someone else is looking for a solution in embedding a pdf file in the popup window on a leaflet map. Below is a complete sample code .

PS remember to change the pdf url. --> (src="/static/test.pdf" width="200px" height="200px")

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <!-- <link rel="stylesheet" href="customstyle.css"> -->
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="https://unpkg.com/[email protected]/dist/leaflet.css"

    <!-- Make sure you put this AFTER Leaflet's CSS -->
    <script src="https://unpkg.com/[email protected]/dist/leaflet.js"
    #map{height : 100vh;}
<body style="margin:0;padding:0">
    <div id="map"></div>

var map = L.map('map').setView([ 51.5, -0.09], 5.5);
L.tileLayer('https://tile.openstreetmap.org/{z}/{x}/{y}.png', {
    maxZoom: 19,
    attribution: '&copy; <a href="http://www.openstreetmap.org/copyright">OpenStreetMap</a>'

var marker = L.marker([51.5, -0.09]).addTo(map);
marker.bindPopup('<b>Hello world!</b><br>I am a popup. <br> <embed src="/static/test.pdf" width="200px" height="200px" />')


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