I add a field which type is PDF. When I click the PDF file, I want the PDF file to open in a new window (using target="_blank").

How do I add such target="_blank" to the a label?

  • In tour theme's template.php or in a custom module, override the theme_file_link() theme hook to add a target="_blank" attribute to your file links. Commented Dec 1, 2012 at 20:20
  • how to override it .could you give me with more details. thank you,if the theme is test. how to write the override function?
    – 123
    Commented Dec 2, 2012 at 2:31

3 Answers 3


If you're looking for a quick fix for ALL pdf links on your site you could use a little bit of javascript to accomplish this as well. This snippet finds all URLs ending in .pdf and sets the target attribute to be _blank (new window).

(function ($) {
    $(document).ready(function() {
        // Open PDF In New Window
        $('a[href$=".pdf"]').attr('target', '_blank');


Since you're looking for just files of your field type you could certainly use a less generic selector, such as .field-name-field_pdf a[href$=".pdf"]. Best of luck!


Add this to your theme template.php file:


function yourthemename_file_link($variables) {
  $file = $variables['file'];
  $icon_directory = $variables['icon_directory'];

  $url = file_create_url($file->uri);
  $icon = theme('file_icon', array('file' => $file, 'icon_directory' => $icon_directory));

  // Set options as per anchor format described at
  // http://microformats.org/wiki/file-format-examples
  $options = array(
    'attributes' => array(
      'type' => $file->filemime . '; length=' . $file->filesize,
      'target' => '_blank',

  // Use the description as the link text if available.
  if (empty($file->description)) {
    $link_text = $file->filename;
  else {
    $link_text = $file->description;
    $options['attributes']['title'] = check_plain($file->filename);

  return '<span class="file">' . $icon . ' ' . l($link_text, $url, $options) . '</span>';
  • All implementations of MYTHEME_file_link() that I have seen, including this one, are variations of the Drupal default implementation. This one adds a target="_blank" attribute to all links. Another one adds it only to files of certain MIME types.
    – tanius
    Commented Oct 17, 2016 at 16:11

The FileField Target module takes care of it from now on…

  • A nicely integrated and flexible solution, but for it's currently blocked by a WSOD bug.
    – tanius
    Commented Oct 17, 2016 at 15:08

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