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Jorn Theunissen February 2016

Convert base64 string as pdf in phonegap

In my app I have received a base64 string that represents a PDF. I want the user to be able to save the base64 as a pdf to his phone. I have been looking in to the cordova-file-transfer plugin but that requires a (server)path where the file can be downloaded from, instead of converting a base64 string.

Has anybody succeeded in downloading a pdf in phonegap using a base64 string?


Jorn Theunissen February 2016

After some more searching and trying I found something that worked.

Converting base64 to pdf blob

//Helper function that converts base64 to blob
function b64toBlob(b64Data, contentType, sliceSize) {
    contentType = contentType || '';
    sliceSize = sliceSize || 512;

    var byteCharacters = atob(b64Data);
    var byteArrays = [];

    for (var offset = 0; offset < byteCharacters.length; offset += sliceSize) {
        var slice = byteCharacters.slice(offset, offset + sliceSize);

        var byteNumbers = new Array(slice.length);
        for (var i = 0; i < slice.length; i++) {
            byteNumbers[i] = slice.charCodeAt(i);

        var byteArray = new Uint8Array(byteNumbers);


    var blob = new Blob(byteArrays, { type: contentType });
    return blob;

And then the downloading itself we need the cordova-file plugin:

var fileToSave= b64toBlob(fileData, 'application/pdf'); 

function writeFile() {
    console.log("request file system");
    window.requestFileSystem(LocalFileSystem.PERSISTENT, 0, onFileSystemRetrieved, onFileSystemFail);

function onFileSystemRetrieved(fileSystem) {
    console.log("file system retrieved");
    fileSystem.root.getFile(fileName, { create: true }, onFileEntryRetrieved, onFileSystemFail);

function onFileEntryRetrieved(fileEntry) {
    console.log("file entry retrieved");
    fileEntry.createWriter(gotFileWriter, onFileSystemFail);

function gotFileWriter(writer) {
    console.log("write to file");

    writer.onwrite = function (evt) {

    window.open(fileName, '_blank');
function onFileSystemFail(error) {

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