On my Joomla 3 website, there are articles which contains PDF files. My website is already listed to search engine (e.g Google) but my attached PDF files seems not listed yet. When I type small parts of the text from randomly chosen PDF in the search engine, it says no result is found.

In my former HTML website, this used to work: my former website appeared in the search results. The website has been online for about two months now.

Any idea, how to make search engine look into the mentioned/attached PDF files?

2 Answers 2


I believe this is more likely, SEO related question. Joomla has nothing to do with that. But still I can guide you to a nice explanation.


Hope this will help.

  • Your PDF files should be text files & not scaned copies. Google and any other search engines does not search text from scan copies. Apr 6, 2015 at 5:40

There is an extension for this. You can look it up at the JED, here: http://extensions.joomla.org/extensions/extension/search-a-indexing/site-search/os-pdf-indexer

It works only when you have pdf-files that are directly 'printed' from a text-file, not for pdf's that are only an image of a text.

When the pdf-files are public over time Google searchbots will find them and index them.

  • Unfortunately the extension is not free, but thank you for the link.
    – anderstood
    Apr 6, 2015 at 18:11

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