How Do I Add a Downloadable PDF to Webflow?

In this tutorial, we will learn how to add a downloadable PDF to your Webflow website. Adding a downloadable PDF can be useful for sharing documents, brochures, or any other type of printable material with your website visitors.

Step 1: Prepare the PDF File

Before we can add the PDF to our Webflow website, we need to make sure that the file is properly prepared. Here are some guidelines:

  • File Format: Save your document as a PDF file. This ensures that it can be opened and viewed by users across different devices and operating systems.
  • File Size: Optimize the file size of your PDF to ensure faster loading times.

    Use compression tools or software like Adobe Acrobat to reduce the size without compromising on quality.

  • Naming Convention: Give your PDF file a descriptive name that relates to its content. This will help users understand what they are downloading.

Step 2: Upload the PDF File

To add a downloadable PDF to Webflow, you need to host the file on a reliable server or cloud storage platform. Follow these steps:

  1. Create an Account: If you don’t have one already, sign up for a file hosting service like Dropbox, Google Drive, or Amazon S3.
  2. Upload the PDF: Once you have an account, upload your prepared PDF file to the cloud storage platform. Make sure it is set to public or has appropriate sharing permissions.
  3. Copy the File URL: Once uploaded, copy the URL of your PDF file. This will be used later in Webflow to create the download link.

Step 3: Add the Download Link in Webflow

Now that we have our PDF file uploaded and its URL copied, let’s add the download link to our Webflow website:

  1. Login to Webflow: Open your Webflow project and navigate to the page where you want to add the download link.
  2. Add a Text Link: Drag and drop a Text element from the Elements panel to your desired location on the page.
  3. Edit the Text: Double-click on the Text element and replace the default text with something like “Download PDF” or any other text you prefer.
  4. Create Link: With the text selected, click on the link icon in the toolbar or use Ctrl+K (Cmd+K on Mac) to open the link settings.
  5. Paste URL: In the link settings, paste the URL of your PDF file that you copied earlier into the “URL” field.
  6. Save Changes: Click outside of the link settings box to close it and save your changes.

Congratulations! You have successfully added a downloadable PDF to your Webflow website. Visitors can now click on the download link and access your PDF file.

Tips for Designing Download Links

To make your download links visually engaging, consider using some CSS styling options. Here are a few ideas:

  • Bold Text: Use <b> tags around your download link text to make it stand out.
  • Underlined Text: Use <u> tags around your download link text to give it an underline.
  • Button Styling: Apply CSS classes or styles to your download link to make it look like a button. You can use background colors, borders, and padding to achieve this effect.

Remember, the design of your download links should match the overall style of your website for consistency.


In this tutorial, we learned how to add a downloadable PDF to Webflow. We covered the steps for preparing the PDF file, uploading it to a cloud storage platform, and creating the download link in Webflow. Additionally, we explored some tips for visually enhancing the design of our download links using HTML styling elements like bold text and underlined text.

Now you can confidently share PDF files with your website visitors and provide them with valuable downloadable content!