How to view pdf's stored in spaces without them being downloaded

Posted July 3, 2018 3.9k views

I have an application that should allow people to view pdf files stored in digital ocean spaces on the browser. However, when I direct them to the url for the pdf documents, instead of them being displayed on the browser, they get downloaded onto the user’s computer. I tried creating a page for them in html and making a IFrame to comtain the pdf but that doesn’t work, they still get downloaded.I don’t have this problem with pictures though. It would be useful for me to be able to get it to be displayed on the browser, how can I do this without it being downloaded, thank you.

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Hey there,

Great question! What defines that action is the “Content-type” header sent from the server to the client. You can define the value of this header using s3-compatible tooling. There is a good explanation of this here:

This references some sample commands for changing that header using s3cmd:

You can learn how to set up s3cmd for usage with DigitalOcean here:

Kind Regards,