How to upload & insert a PDF in WordPress

How to upload & insert a pdf in WordPressIt isn’t difficult to add a PDF file to WordPress. Follow these step-by-step instructions.

Upload the PDF file to the WordPress Media Library in the same way that you would add an image.

  • Click Add Media
  • Click Upload Files
  • Select Files
  • Browse your computer for the pdf file and click open
  • The PDF file will upload and the filename will show in a box with a checkmark

Now follow these three steps as outlined in the screenshot below to create a link to the pdf

  1. On the right-hand side set the Attachment Details -> “Title” to the anchor text words you want to show on the page for your pdf link
  2. On the right-hand side check the Attachment Options -> “Link to” should be set to “Media File”
  3. Click insert into post


A link to the PDF file will be inserted into the page content. When a site visitor clicks on the link the file will open in Adobe Acrobat.

If these instructions weren’t quite what you were looking for, check out this lengthy list of WordPress PDF plugins

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One thought on “How to upload & insert a PDF in WordPress

  1. Thanks for the post – I was wondering how to do this! I got around it by using my lightbox plug-in, but I wasn’t happy with the way it looked. Now my PDF looks awesome!

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