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    ewpeanutty is offline Sugar Community Member
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    Default How to open PDF in a new browser tab


    I have been working on integrating a jasper report server with my instance of Sugar CE 6.5.16-- I've got most of the big pieces working. I am using the SOAP approach with DIME attachments to upload jrxml files to the server and then run the report and receive back a pdf. I can even email the pdf to the user... but I would like to be able to display the pdf in a new tab in the browser...

    Generally speaking, I've read that javascript is the way to open a pdf in a new tab -- but I wanted to confer with you all and make sure that I'm on the right track and that js is the way to go with this. Or if Sugar has a lovely little function somewhere that I can use to accomplish this task?

    Thanks for any tips or advice on this matter!


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    mminnie is offline Sugar Community Member
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    Default Re: How to open PDF in a new browser tab

    You will have to use javascript to open up a new tab. The new tab will be a call to a custom entry point to your SugarCRM instance. This entry point will be something like:
    PHP Code:

    if(!defined('sugarEntry') || !sugarEntry) die('Not A Valid Entry Point');

    $pdfdata someFunctionToGetPDFDataInAString($_REQUEST['someRequestParameter']);
    header("Content-type: application/pdf");
    header("Content-disposition: inline;filename=someFileNameToGiveBrowser.pdf");

    You can't force the browser to open a PDF file, but most browsers will open up the PDF. The settings on the browser might be set to download the PDF.

    If I'm stubborn enough, I just might figure it out myself.
    SugarCRM Version 6.5.9 (Build 8653)
    System: Linux 3.2.0-32-generic Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    PHP Version 5.3.10-1ubuntu3.4
    MySQL Version 5.5.24

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