Webview, pdf, google drive

I can’t view a pdf from my google drive.
I did the test with “https//docs.google.com/viewer?embedded=true&url= {document}”
where {document} is the web link.
But the result is:
webview pdf

It works with the pdf upload in https//storage.googleapis.com / …

Two things I’m noticing:

  • You don’t have a colon after https
  • You have a space between url= and {document}

Otherwise I would check to make sure your google drive pdf is publicly shared.

oh that’s a typo in my post.
here is the real version

the first line works with https://storage.googleapis.com/glide-prod.appspot.com/uploads-v2/uPcxis2H9otF68X9jr7A/pub/erRfIkiPOCfI3PSAagtE.pdf

but it doesn’t work with second line https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vH3mS84YQMJJy4rnYps0P83hhD9MSKhi/view?usp=sharing

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It’s not a publicly shared link.

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I had redone the public authorization, but that does not change the problem.

webview pdf auth

I tried your link in my app, which uses the same google docs wrapper. Seems like it’s seeing it but not rendering it as a pdf. I’ll play around with it and see if I can get it to work. All of my PDF’s are uploaded through the app, so I haven’t ran into this issue before. I’ll get back to you.


Merci, jeff

Note, this is a pdf created from a script

var html = "<h1> Hello world, Test New PDF Hello manu </h1>"
           + "<p> The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog";

  var blob = Utilities.newBlob (html, "text / html", "text.html");
  var pdf = blob.getAs ("application / pdf");

  var file = DriveApp.createFile (pdf) .setName ("text2.pdf");

But I also did a test with another “real” pdf file, and it’s the same.

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OK, so I’m not overly familiar with google drives different url structures, but this version works.


If your script is writing the file name to the sheet, hopefully you can write the url in the format above. The file ID is the same, but the rest of the url is structured a little different. Just remember that the file has to be placed into a publicly shared folder, or hopefully you can set the permissions as you are generating the PDF.


Yes Yes Yes
thank you sir

Yes I can format the address from the file id.

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For information
Here is the script with the permissions and formatting of the Url.

  var html = "<h1> Hello world, Test New PDF Hello manu </h1>"
           + "<p> The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog";

  var blob = Utilities.newBlob (html, "text / html", "text.html");
  var pdf = blob.getAs ("application / pdf");
  var file = DriveApp.createFile (pdf) .setName ("text2.pdf");

  file.setSharing(DriveApp.Access.ANYONE, DriveApp.Permission.EDIT);

  var id=file.getId();
  var url = "https://drive.google.com/uc?id=" + id;


For information 2

If you want to create a link to save a file on your computer.
Add “& export = download” at the end of the address

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Thanks for the script. I like the idea of converting html to a pdf. It’s simple. I might have to explore using this in my app.


Yes, but I have some of the HTML is Markdown format, and I’m stuck.
To be continued …

Here is how I do it:
Upload the PDFs to a Google Drive Folder
Use the Files Cabinet extension to create a list of the files in that folder
Set the folder share to anyone with link
Find Replace the URL column for /file/d/ and change /view to /preview for the embed to work
Now bring it into Glide. Then I either add the pdf cover or generate an image column
example: Kierkegaard

Hope this helps…

Good afternoon friend, congratulations on your app, it was really cool! I’m new to Glide, I would like more details so you can do this operation to view the pdf. Did you use script? Can you help me?

Thank you so much

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No script to display a pdf in Glide.
You can use a WebView or an image for this operation.

So, but in the webview it doesn’t open because it has to be in the paid plan and the image I put an image linked to the link and opened externally and not in the app

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For the image here are the parameters that I use

And here is the FileUrl column

You just need the ID of the file in your google drive.



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