There is a problem with the display of the pdf file

Steps to reproduce

Open a PDF file

Expected result

Show the content of the pdf file

Actual result

As shown in the fig below, Only images of the PDF file come out, but the app can’t display words


  • Operating system: Mac OS Catalina 10.15.5
  • Obsidian version: v0.7.3

Additional information


We are aware of this. Hopefully, once we update electron we should get an updated pdf viewer.

Thanks, good to know.

Cannot display pdf (one page)

Also have this problem. macOS Catalina 10.15.1. It’s pretty annoying because I have a lot of research in pdf form

The problem occurs in version 0.8.12 of Win 10.

the pdf view in acrobat:

the pdf view in ob:

link: pdf

Having the same problem on windows with 0.9.2
I see that mods have acknowledged it, however I thought it would be valuable to have someone else make note that it’s still an issue in the newer versions.

I’m having the same issue with 0.9.10 on macOS 10.15.7.

Steps to reproduce

  1. Open PDF in Preview
  2. Import and open PDF in Obsidian

PDF Link:

Expected result

The files should look almost the same.

Actual result

In Obsidian, many components are not visible.

I can provide some more files if needed.

Workaround is to open it in system viewer.


  • Operating system: 11.0.1
  • Obsidian version: 0.9.20

will be fixed in 0.10.8

Now I also have the problem!
All PDF’s in my Vault are blank!

It seems fixed for me for a few weeks now. (OSX).

For me it only happened less than a week ago.
And they are still broken.
Is there a way to fix the pdf’s?

I am also unable to view any PDFs in my iPad Obsidian.

Any suggestions?

Looks like (at least for me), it is an interaction between Obsidian and Grammarly Desktop. Bummer!