PDF Blob - Pop up window not showing content

Problem

I have been working on this problem for the last few days. With no luck on trying to display the stream on <embed src> tag, I just tried to display it on a new window.

The new window shows PDF controls only enter image description here)

Any idea why the content of the pdf is not showing?

CODE:

$http.post('/fetchBlobURL',{myParams}).success(function (data) {
    var file = new Blob([data], {type: 'application/pdf'});
    var fileURL = URL.createObjectURL(file);
    window.open(fileURL);
});
Problem courtesy of: D'lo DeProjuicer

Solution

You need to set the responseType to arraybuffer if you would like to create a blob from your response data:

$http.post('/fetchBlobURL',{myParams}, {responseType: 'arraybuffer'})
   .success(function (data) {
       var file = new Blob([data], {type: 'application/pdf'});
       var fileURL = URL.createObjectURL(file);
       window.open(fileURL);
});

more information: Sending_and_Receiving_Binary_Data

Solution courtesy of: michael

Discussion

I use AngularJS v1.3.4

HTML:

<button ng-click="downloadPdf()" class="btn btn-primary">download PDF</button>

JS controller:

'use strict';
angular.module('xxxxxxxxApp')
    .controller('MathController', function ($scope, MathServicePDF) {
        $scope.downloadPdf = function () {
            var fileName = "test.pdf";
            var a = document.createElement("a");
            document.body.appendChild(a);
            MathServicePDF.downloadPdf().then(function (result) {
                var file = new Blob([result.data], {type: 'application/pdf'});
                var fileURL = window.URL.createObjectURL(file);
                a.href = fileURL;
                a.download = fileName;
                a.click();
            });
        };
});

JS services:

angular.module('xxxxxxxxApp')
    .factory('MathServicePDF', function ($http) {
        return {
            downloadPdf: function () {
            return $http.get('api/downloadPDF', { responseType: 'arraybuffer' }).then(function (response) {
                return response;
            });
        }
    };
});

Java REST Web Services - Spring MVC:

@RequestMapping(value = "/downloadPDF", method = RequestMethod.GET, produces = "application/pdf")
    public ResponseEntity<byte[]> getPDF() {
        FileInputStream fileStream;
        try {
            fileStream = new FileInputStream(new File("C:\\xxxxx\\xxxxxx\\test.pdf"));
            byte[] contents = IOUtils.toByteArray(fileStream);
            HttpHeaders headers = new HttpHeaders();
            headers.setContentType(MediaType.parseMediaType("application/pdf"));
            String filename = "test.pdf";
            headers.setContentDispositionFormData(filename, filename);
            ResponseEntity<byte[]> response = new ResponseEntity<byte[]>(contents, headers, HttpStatus.OK);
            return response;
        } catch (FileNotFoundException e) {
           System.err.println(e);
        } catch (IOException e) {
            System.err.println(e);
        }
        return null;
    }
Discussion courtesy of: sgrillon

If you set { responseType: 'blob' }, no need to create Blob on your own. You can simply create url based with response content:

$http({
    url: "...",
    method: "POST",
    responseType: "blob"
}).then(function(response) {
    var fileURL = URL.createObjectURL(response.data);
    window.open(fileURL);
});
Discussion courtesy of: Alena Kastsiukavets

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