Free interactive PDF Maker

Use our powerful editor to create an interactive PDF with just a few clicks. Add captions, videos and shopping buttons to make your digital flipbook more engaging. It’s so easy!

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How to create an interactive PDF

Make your PDF interactive in 5 easy steps:


  1. 1. Upload the PDF file in Flipsnack

    Simply use the drag-and-drop method to upload your PDF on our platform

  2. 2. Click on the "Editor" button and start inserting interactive buttons in your catalog

    Enrich your online publication by adding videos, captions and shopping buttons

  3. 3. Customize and brand the look of your publication

    Finish your online catalog by branding it with your logo

  4. 4. Publish your digital catalog as public or private

    Make your publication unlisted or password-protected if you want to share it exclusively with your readers

  5. 5. Share the link of your interactive PDF with your customers

    Increase your sales by sharing your digital catalog with your targeted audience via email or social media

Make an eye-catching interactive PDF with Flipsnack

Keep your audience engaged by adding a touch of interactivity to your catalog. Present your content in a creative way by adding interactive features such as videos, shopping buttons, maps and more.

Embedded interactive PDF example

This is how a PDF turned digital and made interactive looks when embedded into a page. Adding interactive elements to your publications guarantees higher reader engagement and can even help you convert readers into buying customers.

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Buttons and interactions

One of the best ways to add interactivity to your PDFs is by adding buttons and interactions. You can add various types of buttons, depending on the type of publication you’re working on. Try buttons for social media, shopping or even buttons for internal navigation. If your PDF contains images, use the spotlight effect to make the image visible to your readers in full size.

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Shopping buttons

Promote your products and reach a wider audience by creating an online interactive catalog. Turn your readers into loyal customers by enhancing your plain PDF with interactive ecommerce features such as: captions, product tags, shopping cart or Credit Card buttons and more. With Flipsnack you are able to boost your sales and gain more online exposure for your business.

Sample of an interactive PDF with product tags

Video and audio

Adding videos and audio to your PDF will take it to the next level. For instance, you can add videos about a travel destination, directly in your digital travel guide. Our video widget makes it easy to add videos from YouTube, Vimeo or your own URL. And on top of that, you can add audio files for extra ambience.

Video widget example available in Flipsnack’s PDF maker

Internal & external links

With internal links you can help your viewers better navigate your PDFs and you can quickly direct them to relevant pages. External links can be used for leading viewers to outside resources. You can add links to text, images, or insert a link layer over a text from your PDF. The best part is that Flipsnack detects hyperlinks in your PDF and makes them automatically clickable.

Sample of an interactive PDF with clickable hyperlinks

Interactive forms

Lead forms are amazing as they can make your publications convert readers into customers that will eventually pay. You can add forms for ebook downloads, newsletter registrations, surveys, coupon requests and more. You can also use the embed code feature to insert in your online publication forms from Google, Typeform and other survey tools.

Various embeds

Did you know that you can embed virtual tours, maps, forms, photo slideshows and so many other interactions into your PDF? With Flipsnack you can add all these interactive elements to your publications, through iframe widgets and HTML code, by using the popup frame feature. It’s as easy as a copy and paste.

Import Adobe InDesign PDF files directly in Flipsnack

Get rid of unnecessary back and forth between Flipsnack and InDesign. The Flipsnack extension was created to help InDesign users save time, and export their Adobe InDesign interactive PDFs to Flipsnack with fewer clicks. Transforming your PDF into a digital page flip publication has never been easier.

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Ways to share your interactive PDF

Flipsnack makes it easy for you to share your interactive PDF in multiple ways. Be it publicly, privately or unlisted, Flipsnack allows you to select your targeted audience.

  • Share it on social media
  • Send it via email
  • Download your flipbook as PDF and print it
  • Share the full-view link
  • Embed it on your website
  • Download as animated HTML5

Interactive PDF examples

Here are a few examples of interactive PDFs. These were all converted from normal PDF files and improved with a layer of interactive elements.

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Having cloud-based digitial documents with interactive elements like embedded videos and links provides a more immediate, immersive and accessible document.

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Why choose our interactive PDF creator?

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Professional look

Make your regular PDFs stand out by making them interactive publications

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Branding options

Brand your interactive publication by selecting a unique set of fonts and colors or go further by customizing your URL.

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Powerful analytics

Flipsnack offers you a wide range of stats for your interactive PDF: impressions, clicks, and more.

Frequently asked questions

An interactive PDF file is a document with added media elements to it, usually meant for online viewing. These elements generally include video and audio files, but can be anything meant at enhancing the reading or viewing experience. Ordinary PDF files are great for informing purposes, but what if you want to take things a step further and create a whole experience for your readers? This is what PDF interactivity is all about. Enhance your documents and breathe life into them using Flipsnack’s online Design Studio!

GIFs are one of the most popular forms of communication and you can definitely add them to add further interactivity to your PDF files. Our Design Studio actually has a dedicated button for them, to further ease the process of adding them to your design.

Yes, you can insert a video file into a PDF. This will make for a more interactive online experience for your audience. Click on the Upload button, located on the left side of your Design Studio, and simply select the video you wish to add to your publication.

Other benefits and applications

Flipsnack is not just for magazines. Here you will find a number of different ways to use our tool for all your publishing needs

Create your own interactive PDF in minutes

Our software is free to use! Try making one of your PDFs interactive.