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Link Annotations

RadPdfViewer supports Link annotations, which means that if you open a PDF file that includes hyperlinks to absolute URIs, you can tap any of them and have a browser open, navigated to the respective address. In addition, if there are links pointing to bookmarks in the same document, the view port will be scrolled to the destination specified in the link.

PdfViewer Link Annotation

RadPdfViewer provides the following LinkAnnotationTapped event which allows implementing custom logic related to links in the pdf document:

  • LinkAnnotationTapped: Occurs when you click on an annotation such as a hyperlink. It comes handy when you want to detect or even cancel the opening of a web page. The LinkAnnotationTapped event handler receives two parameters:
    • The sender argument which is of type object, but can be cast to the RadPdfViewer type.
    • A LinkAnnotationTappedEventArgs object which provides the link the user tapped on via the LinkAnnotation property and a cancellation option via the Handled boolean property. The LinkAnnotation has information of its Action, i.e if it is a UriAction or GoToAction (link to a position in the sampe document).


The example below demonstrates how you could detect whether the link annotation leads to a URI or a concrete position in the document, and cancel the navigation in the first case.

Then, you could implement additional logic for requesting a confirmation from the end user whether to navigate outside of the app in the case of a hyperlink.

First, add the PdfViewer definition with the event:

<telerikPdfViewer:RadPdfViewer x:Name="pdfViewer" 
                               LinkAnnotationTapped="LinkTapped" />

And here is the LinkAnnotationTapped event handler:

private void LinkTapped(object sender, Telerik.XamarinForms.PdfViewer.Annotations.LinkAnnotationTappedEventArgs e)
    if(e.LinkAnnotation.Action is UriAction uriAction)
        e.Handled = true;

        Application.Current.MainPage.DisplayAlert("Confirm", "Are you sure you want to navigate", "Yes", "No").ContinueWith(t =>
            bool shouldNavigateAway = t.Status == TaskStatus.RanToCompletion ? t.Result : false;
            if (shouldNavigateAway)
                Device.BeginInvokeOnMainThread(() =>

Here is the result on different platforms after tapping on a hyperlink:

PdfViewer Link Annotation Event

A sample Link Annotations example can be found in the PdfViewer/Features folder of the SDK Samples Browser application.

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