How to embed PDF file with responsive width


I'm embedding pdf files using something like this:

<div class="graph-outline">
    <object style="width:100%;" data="path/to/file.pdf?#zoom=85&scrollbar=0&toolbar=0&navpanes=0" type="application/pdf">
    <embed src="path/to/file.pdf?#zoom=85&scrollbar=0&toolbar=0&navpanes=0" type="application/pdf" />

It works but I want to set the pdf width to match the width of the containing div. Currently it shows up like an iframe with scrollbars, so to view the entire pdf, you have to scroll right to left. I want the pdf to fit the width of the container.

How do I fix this? I'm supporting IE8 and up.

Here is a jsfiddle:

This question is tagged with html css object pdf embed

~ Asked on 2013-05-09 18:49:51

The Best Answer is


Simply do this:

<object data="resume.pdf" type="application/pdf" width="100%" height="800px"> 
  <p>It appears you don't have a PDF plugin for this browser.
   No biggie... you can <a href="resume.pdf">click here to
  download the PDF file.</a></p>  

~ Answered on 2014-06-20 14:36:38


If you're using Bootstrap 3, you can use the embed-responsive class and set the padding bottom as the height divided by the width plus a little extra for toolbars. For example, to display an 8.5 by 11 PDF, use 130% (11/8.5) plus a little extra (20%).

<div class='embed-responsive' style='padding-bottom:150%'>
    <object data='URL.pdf' type='application/pdf' width='100%' height='100%'></object>

Here's the Bootstrap CSS:

.embed-responsive {
    position: relative;
    display: block;
    height: 0;
    padding: 0;
    overflow: hidden;

~ Answered on 2016-03-18 18:38:08

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