Disabling Google Chrome PDF viewer

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Google Chrome has “Chrome PDF Viewer” to view or open pdf files. It is an unwanted feature. I do not need it at all. I want my PDF open in Preview on a MacOS X or default pdf viewer in Linux. This feature was hidden. I want to disable it from my Google Chrome browser because it was slow scrolling with a large pdf file sizes.

How To Disable Google Chrome PDF Viewer

  1. First, open a new tab in Chrome browser (press CTRL+T or Command+T)
  2. Type the following url in your address bar and press enter key:
    chrome://plugins
  3. Find “Chrome PDF Viewer” and disable it.
  4. Now all downloaded PDF files will open with your operating system pdf viewer such as Adobe reader, Preview on a MacOS X or evince/gpdf/kpdf on a Linux/BSD based system.
Fig.01: How To Disable Google Chrome PDF Viewer
Fig.01: How To Disable Google Chrome PDF Viewer

See also ~ HowTo: Firefox Disable Default PDF Viewer / Plugin

Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

4 comment

  1. What if I don’t have the option to disable? It’s my computer – so I’ve got all administrator rights… It just won’t let me click on anything:
    Chrome PDF Viewer (2 files)
    Name: Chrome PDF Viewer
    Version:
    Location: chrome-extension://mhjfbmdgcfjbbpaeojofohoefgiehjai/
    Type: BROWSER PLUGIN

    MIME types:
    MIME type Description File extensions
    application/pdf
    .pdf
    Name: Chrome PDF Viewer
    Description: Portable Document Format
    Version:
    Location: internal-pdf-viewer
    Type: PPAPI (out-of-process)

    MIME types:
    MIME type Description File extensions
    application/x-google-chrome-pdf Portable Document Format
    .pdf
    Always allowed to run

    1. I got the same problem, Right click on the pdf document and open with, then click on the checkbox enable the option always open with Adobe Reader. Might be helpful.

  2. I am disabling my Chrome PDF viewer because it seems spam popups have learnt to target it. I will regularly get a “Chrome PDF” popup happening then full screen pop-unders will appear.

  3. Thanks vivek, this is appreciated ! I wish this chrome feature could be simply searchable from the regular advanced parameter !

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