Adding Hyperlinks to your Scribus PDF document

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This article is part of the Tips & Tricks series.
Installation Usage PDF issues Other

Method A

  • go to the PDF toolbar, select PDF Annotation > Link, and draw with it a rectangle above an element (e.g. a text frame) you wish to become a hyperlink
  • right click on the new rectangle and select PDF Options > Annotation Properties from the context menu
  • in the annotation properties dialog, choose External Web-Link as annotation type and insert your URL into the Destination field
  • done!

Method B

  • Open your Scribus document.
  • Click the "OK" button for "Insert PDF fields".
  • Make a box to surround the text and/or graphics from which you want to create a hyperlink.
  • Double click this box, which opens the Field Properties dialogue box.
  • In the Appearance tab, choose "None" for colour of the border (unless you really want a border added).
  • Click on the Action tab.
  • From the Type pull-down menu, choose JavaScript.
  • To the right of the Script box, click Edit.
  • Enter the following: app.launchURL("", true);
  • Click File/Save and Exit.
  • Click OK.
  • Save your .sla document and export it to PDF format.

If you now open that PDF version in a browser, you will find those text (and/or graphics) areas linkable. The "true" parameter in the JavaScript is important so a new frame (window or tab) is opened for the link. This way your PDF document remains open and available in its original frame.

Variation on Method B

If you want to create a link to an email address, modify the JavaScript above like this:

  • app.launchURL("", true);

This is dependent on having the preset link to the appropriate email client.