View pdf files in ionic app

Requirement: Generate pdf stream on server side and show pdf inside ionic app.

1. Install these two plugins file and document viewer from Ionic native

Document Viewer
File Api

2. Get the pdf stream as array buffer or blob. You need to apps proper response type to http get request.

3. Now create and show pdf file from the server response.

import {File} from '@ionic-native/file';
import { DocumentViewer } from '@ionic-native/document-viewer';
export class DocumentViewer
constructor(private file : File, private documentViewer: DocumentViewer)
public openDocument(document: Document)
if (!document)
this.showError("Document selected is null");
let path "documents/"+databaseId;
let headers = new Headers({
'Accept': 'application/pdf'
let options = new RequestOptions({headers, responseType: ResponseContentType.ArrayBuffer});
let observableResponse = this.http.get(appConstants.apiUrl+
path, options);
observableResponse.subscribe((response: Response) => {
this.showDocument(response, document);
}, (error: any) => {
private showDocument(response: Response, document: Document)
let buffer = response.arrayBuffer();
let pdfBlob = new Blob([buffer], {type: 'application/pdf'});
this.file.writeFile(this.file.dataDirectory, document.databaseId+".pdf", pdfBlob, {replace: true}).then(c => {
this.documentViewer.viewDocument(this.file.dataDirectory+document.databaseId+".pdf", "application/pdf",
{print: {enabled: true}, bookmarks: {enabled: true}, email: {enabled: true}, title: document.title});
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