I have PDFs with hyperlinks (linking to other pages in the document as well as external websites) and would like to be able to use the links provided. The Adobe Reader app and other apps I've tried (VuDroid, droidreader, android PDF reader) don't have this functionality. I did find ezPDF which should work, but it is not free (only 99 cents). I am looking for a way to do this for free because this is for an app I am writing that will need to display a PDF. It will be much more appealing to the client - though still not perfect - if their users only have to download a free PDF reader, for example, to use with my app rather than requiring them to purchase a PDF reading app (even if it is only 99 cents).

  • Actually app recommendations are off-topic here. Try our chat and please read the FAQ
    – Daniel
    Apr 12, 2011 at 4:13
  • Sorry about that. The FAQ doesn't mention app recommendations and I can't post in the chat because I just signed up. Is there a better place I can ask this? Apr 12, 2011 at 4:37
  • To be honest I'm not sure. Since questions that ask "Is there an app that can do X?" get closed - I suggest you re-write the question to not ask for an app but instead a solution to your 'problem'. Its one of those things I find odd about this site but makes sense.
    – Daniel
    Apr 12, 2011 at 6:24
  • Thanks for the advice - still trying to get the feel for things around here. Apr 12, 2011 at 12:47
  • @Eric The problem is that app recommendations are more often subjective. We get a lot of "What's the best PDF reader?" type questions, rather than ones with specific criteria like yours. To make things simpler and to ensure better answers, we ask for "How can I do X?" questions instead which can be objectively answered. Even when the answers are probably going to be apps, it leaves it open to other solutions. Presumably you would happily use open-source code to read and display PDFs with links inside your app -- but if that existed, it couldn't be provided as an answer to an app request. Apr 12, 2011 at 13:01

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Adobe Reader can follow hyperlinks in PDF documents.

The problem (currently, 2014-09-17) is that the default application associated with PDF documents is Quickoffice, and Quickoffice doesn't have this implemented. Installing Adobe Reader allows you to choose (and optionally remember your choice) what app to use.

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