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    How do I include a pdf and make it downloadable in the form?

    Asked by harrisonkunz on April 05, 2017 at 06:28 PM

    I would like to include a downloadable pdf file in one of my forms. I have placed an embedded pdf into the file, but I'm not sure if that has allowed it to be downloadable. When I preview and click the pop-up, the file goes to a Google drive url. Is there any way to make a pdf (or any type of file) downloadable through a widget? 

    I have not published the form yet so I cannot include a web page. I am hoping to fix this issue before I publish the form.

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    JotForm Support

    Answered by amy on April 06, 2017 at 02:20 AM


    When a user has a program such as Adobe Acrobat etc. on his/her computer, pdf files automatically open as preview mode on browsers. In order to force them to download pdf files, you must take action through the server with PHP. 

    Please check this guide

    After you upload the pdf file to your own server, you can give the direct link to it by using "Text" element on Jotform. 

    If you need further assistance, please let us know.

    Thank you.

    Kindest Regards.