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How can I view a PDF file in my ScrollView?

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Hi there,

I have a relatively simple questions, as the title suggests...

I have a PDF file in my appbundle that I would like to present to the user in a scroll view to read. Is it possible to open a pdf natively in SwiftUI?

Most of the research I have read online says this isnt the case, and this work will need to be completed with UIKit (:0).

Thank you all and hope you are enjoying the summer!


No, there is no "native" SwiftUI View to display a PDF. You need to have a UIViewRepresentable that wraps a PDFView. Something like this very simple example:

import SwiftUI
import PDFKit

struct PDFKitView: UIViewRepresentable {

    let pdfDocument: PDFDocument

    init(showing pdfDoc: PDFDocument) {
        self.pdfDocument = pdfDoc

    //you could also have inits that take a URL or Data

    func makeUIView(context: Context) -> PDFView {
        let pdfView = PDFView()
        pdfView.document = pdfDocument
        pdfView.autoScales = true
        return pdfView

    func updateUIView(_ pdfView: PDFView, context: Context) {
        pdfView.document = pdfDocument

struct PDFUIView: View {

    let pdfDoc: PDFDocument

    init() {
        //for the sake of example, we're going to assume 
        //you have a file Lipsum.pdf in your bundle
        let url = Bundle.main.url(forResource: "Lipsum", withExtension: "pdf")!
        pdfDoc = PDFDocument(url: url)!

    var body: some View {
        PDFKitView(showing: pdfDoc)

I'll leave it to you to adapt this for use with a ScrollView.


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