How Can I Visualize an Adobe™ Acrobat™ PDF File Using LabVIEW?

Updated Oct 6, 2020

Reported In


  • LabVIEW

Programming Language

  • LabVIEW G

Issue Details

I am working with LabVIEW and I want to see an existing  Adobe™ Acrobat™ PDF in the front panel of my application, is there a native way to do this?


There is not an already built function or code that allows to visualize a  Adobe™ Acrobat™ PDF. However using ActiveX you can show it on a dialog box on the LabVIEW front panel.  In the Forum NI is available the following a example: Display PDF in Dialog box in LabVIEW.

Note: This solutions only applies for LabVIEW 32-bit since the  Adobe™ Acrobat™ ActiveX controls are not supported on 64-bit applications.

Additional Information

If you try to run the example and get error 3005, fix this issue re-inserting the ActiveX object following the instructions available on Error 3005 at ActiveX Automation Open in LabVIEW.

If you are interested in modify a PDF file, you can do it using Exaprom PDF 2.0 as suggested on How Can I Write to a PDF or PDF Form with LabVIEW?