Can I set the filename of a PDF object displayed in Chrome?

In my Vue app I receive a PDF as a blob, and want to display it using the browser's PDF viewer.

I convert it to a file, and generate an object url:

const blobFile = new File([blob], `my-file-name.pdf`, { type: 'application/pdf' })
this.invoiceUrl = window.URL.createObjectURL(blobFile)

Then I display it by setting that URL as the data attribute of an object element.

  style="height: 100vh;">

The browser then displays the PDF using the PDF viewer. However, in Chrome, the file name that I provide (here, my-file-name.pdf) is not used: I see a hash in the title bar of the PDF viewer, and when I download the file using either 'right click -> Save as...' or the viewer's controls, it saves the file with the blob's hash (cda675a6-10af-42f3-aa68-8795aa8c377d or similar).

The viewer and file name work as I'd hoped in Firefox; it's only Chrome in which the file name is not used.

Is there any way, using native Javascript (including ES6, but no 3rd party dependencies other than Vue), to set the filename for a blob / object element in Chrome?

[edit] If it helps, the response has the following relevant headers:

Content-Type: application/pdf; charset=utf-8
Transfer-Encoding: chunked
Content-Disposition: attachment; filename*=utf-8''Invoice%2016246.pdf;
Content-Description: File Transfer
Content-Encoding: gzip


  • Chrome's extension seems to rely on the resource name set in the URI, i.e the file.ext in protocol://domain/path/file.ext.

    So if your original URI contains that filename, the easiest might be to simply make your <object>'s data to the URI you fetched the pdf from directly, instead of going the Blob's way.

    Now, there are cases it can't be done, and for these, there is a convoluted way, which might not work in future versions of Chrome, and probably not in other browsers, requiring to set up a Service Worker.

    As we first said, Chrome parses the URI in search of a filename, so what we have to do, is to have an URI, with this filename, pointing to our blob:// URI.

    To do so, we can use the Cache API, store our File as Request in there using our URL, and then retrieve that File from the Cache in the ServiceWorker.

    Or in code,

    From the main page

    // register our ServiceWorker
    async function displayRenamedPDF(file, filename) {
      // we use an hard-coded fake path
      // to not interfere with legit requests
      const reg_path = "/name-forcer/";
      const url = reg_path + filename;
      // store our File in the Cache
      const store = await "name-forcer" );
      await store.put( url, new Response( file ) );
      const frame = document.createElement( "iframe" );
      frame.width = 400
      frame.height = 500;
      document.body.append( frame );
      // makes the request to the File we just cached
      frame.src = url;
      // not needed anymore
      frame.onload = (evt) => store.delete( url );

    In the ServiceWorker sw.js

    self.addEventListener('fetch', (event) => {
      event.respondWith( (async () => {
        const store = await"name-forcer");
        const req = event.request;
        const cached = await store.match( req );
        return cached || fetch( req );
      })() );

    Live example (source)

    Edit: This actually doesn't work in Chrome...

    While it does set correctly the filename in the dialog, they seem to be unable to retrieve the file when saving it to the disk...
    They don't seem to perform a Network request (and thus our SW isn't catching anything), and I don't really know where to look now.
    Still this may be a good ground for future work on this.

    And an other solution, I didn't took the time to check by myself, would be to run your own pdf viewer.

    Mozilla has made its js based plugin pdf.js available, so from there we should be able to set the filename (even though once again I didn't dug there yet).

    And as final note, Firefox is able to use the name property of a File Object a blobURI points to. So even though it's not what OP asked for, in FF all it requires is

    const file = new File([blob], filename);
    const url = URL.createObjectURL(file); = url;