I have seen this post

Can I configure eww to use pdf-view-mode (from pdf-tools) for PDFs instead of DocView?

I just noticed that when I try to open a URL thar points to a PDF in eww, it uses DocView instead of the pdf-view-mode from pdf-tools.

How can one do that? when I open URL that points to pdf it stops.

xdg-open: unexpected option '-' Try 'xdg-open --help' for more information.

I am using tty only so I am guessing the original poster's setup is what I need?

  • What to you mean tty only?
    – JeanPierre
    Apr 11, 2022 at 9:39
  • I am using emacs without gui. I am not sure if emacs nox and using emacs in tty environment is the same thing so I said tty only.
    – Dick A
    Apr 11, 2022 at 9:58
  • I think you may have formed an incorrect expectation about eww's capabilities. If you are using tty only, what do you expect/hope eww will do with a PDF? Apr 11, 2022 at 10:19
  • I thought there might be some plugin that can translate pdf into text. Thanks for the heads up!
    – Dick A
    Apr 11, 2022 at 11:30


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