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Open PDF files in the default PDF viewer application

  • Since the new Opera version (stable 44.x 64bit), the option "Open PDF files in the default PDF viewer application" doesn't work anymore, it just saves the pdf file without launching pdf viewer. I went back to 43.0.2442.1144 to have this option working again.

  • I see the same behavior even on developer 45.

  • Same for me ...
    Version: 44.0.2510.857 (

  • Could it be Chromium's fault? Because in 57 (and even 59) it's the same story.

  • Could it be Chromium's fault? Because in 57 (and even 59) it's the same story.

    If it happens in Chrome and other Chromium based browsers then, yes, it can be a Chromium issue.

  • From bugs.chromium.org:
    "This is currently the intended behavior unless you check the automatically open this file type (from the download bar right of the filename). It used to open them automatically but we considered this to be rather intrusive."

    It would take such an option even on Opera.

  • And I thought my system was at fault 😞 I hope Opera will add option to open PDF in external viewer AUTOMATICALLY 🙂

  • I was looking for a new browser and Opera was looking very promising... until I stumbled across this glitch. Really? Not being able to open PDF files in my computer's default PDF viewer program is unacceptable!

  • When you have "Open PDF files in the default PDF viewer application" checked and in your computer setting setup the default PDF app you want to use - Mine will open Adobe Acrobat Pro

  • I was looking for a new browser and Opera was looking very promising... until I stumbled across this glitch. Really? Not being able to open PDF files in my computer's default PDF viewer program is unacceptable!

    Temporary workaround (or maybe definitive because this issue was not taken into account): double click the pdf files on download drop-down list.

    When you have "Open PDF files in the default PDF viewer application" checked and in your computer setting setup the default PDF app you want to use - Mine will open Adobe Acrobat Pro

    Which Opera version have you installed?

  • And I thought something was wrong with my browser. Well, something may be wrong but it's a "feature" not a "bug". This is a pain in the rear end. I'm running 50.0 and wish this could be fixed.

  • I still have this problem. I can only save PDF files to disk. I cannot open them directly.

  • @t3rm1 Can you open this PDF in Opera after the download?

  • @leocg I dont open PDFs with Opera. I use Acrobat or Foxit.

  • @t3rm1 So what is the problem? Can't you open them from Opera after the download?

    Opera doesn't support opening files directly if this is what you are talking about. You can however request it in the proper section of the forum or even better support one of the probably already created ones.

  • So you are saying there is no possibility to view the PDF in opera without saving it manually to disk before? If that's the case then I'm going to uninstall. That would be absolutely ridicuous to not have that option.

  • @t3rm1 You can use the internal PDF reader.

    BTW, there is no way to do nothing with a file on any program without downloading the file first to your computer,

  • Opera 12 had 2 options for automatically opening a pdf file with another application. One was that Opera would download the pdf file to the temp_downloads folder (not the downloads folder) and then pass that path to the external application where that application would open it. The other was the "pass web address directly" option where Opera would just pass the URL directly to the application where the application would download it itself and open that download.

    The OP said that Chromium Opera used to do one of those (the former I guessing, with the default pdf handler on the system, but the downloads folder instead of a temporary downloads folder or the temp folder), but it stopped working after Opera 43. Now Opera just downloads the pdf file and you manually have to launch the pdf file from your downloads folder or Opera's downloads dialog. As in, it quit being automatic.

    It looks like Opera's current behavior is Chromium's intended behavior and there's nothing we can do about it except add a suggestion that Opera implement some modifications of the Chromium code/setting to optionally make it work like it use to.

  • @leocg It is not working then. I searched the forum and it seems many other people have the same problem. Opera does not open the PDF file but only shows a download dialog.

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