I really cannot believe that Adobe Acrobat Reader DC, a highly professional application, on Windows 10, a highly professional OS, would not have the facility to copy a URL -- but this is what I get when I right click on a hyperlink in a PDF opened there:


So, how can I copy an URL from a PDF opened in Adobe Acrobat Reader DC ?

  • Use the Select Tool, Select the Hyperlink, Press <ctrl><c> ...
    – DavidPostill
    Mar 22, 2019 at 8:53
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    @DavidPostill That only copies the text, not the URL.
    – Worthwelle
    Mar 22, 2019 at 15:42
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    The only way I can see to copy the URL is to open the PDF in Firefox or Chrome, which have their own custom code for displaying PDF's.
    – Worthwelle
    Mar 22, 2019 at 15:48
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    This annoys me also a lot. Oct 15, 2019 at 9:54

4 Answers 4


As @worthwelle mentioned in a comment, my current workaround is to

  1. save the PDF locally (if not)
  2. navigate in the file explorer to the file

  3. right-click open with Chrome (not Adobe reader)

  4. In Chrome go to the link you want to get the url, right-click and 'copy link address'

    By default my browser opens PDF with the Adobe Reader (not the browser PDF viewer). If it is not the case for you copying the url of the pdf file in Chrome browser address bar might be enough (no need to save the file locally).

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    This doesn't work if the remote server redirects you to another web address.
    – Nayuki
    Mar 15, 2021 at 2:46

If you don't have access to Chrome, as is the case at my work, you can open the PDF with MS Word and convert it to .DOCX Find the hyperlink, right click and edit. Huge pain.


This is a revoltingly terrible answer (and I will not fault anyone for not upvoting it), but today I was able to hover over the link in Acrobat Reader with my mouse, whereupon the tooltop displayed the URL I wanted, then open another window running a text editor, and retype the link in there, i.e. copy-by-eyeball. The saving grace was that while Acrobat Reader was in the background (my text editor being in the foreground) the tooltip still displayed, so the transcription was at least straightforward. (Hopping back and forth between Acrobat Reader and my text editor would have been even more annoying!)

  • not a good answer really! 👎
    – Foad
    Sep 2, 2021 at 13:15

As of 2021, easy solution

Use select tool, double click the embedded link, and a pop up asks if it should connect to the site. Approve, and you're there!

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