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3D FlipBook, PDF Viewer, PDF Embedder – Real 3D FlipBook WordPress Plugin

3D FlipBook, PDF Viewer, PDF Embedder – Real 3D FlipBook WordPress Plugin


Transform PDFs and images into stunning 3D flipbooks directly within your WordPress posts and pages. Real3D Flipbook enhances the visual appeal and interactivity of your site, creating an engaging user experience.

* Realistic 3D flipping effect
* Multiple view modes: Lightbox, Swipe, Scroll, and Fullscreen
* Gutenberg block support
* Fully responsive and mobile-friendly

Live Demo & Documentation


For any issues or feature requests, open a ticket.

Key Features

  • Open PDF Links as Flipbooks: Enable lightbox flipbooks for PDF links. Watch Video
  • Easily Migrate: Automatically convert existing shortcodes from PDF Embedder, DearFlip, 3D Flipbook, Wonder PDF Embed, and PDF.js Viewer.
  • Create Flipbook in 5 Steps:
    1. Go to Real3D Flipbook > Add New
    2. Select PDF or images
    3. Publish the flipbook
    4. Copy the shortcode
    5. Paste it into a post or page
      Watch Video
  • Lightbox Flipbook: Open in fullscreen overlay on various triggers.
  • Embedded Flipbook: Insert flipbooks anywhere in posts/pages.
  • Self-Hosted: Ensures fast and secure loading on your server.
  • Realistic 3D Flipbooks: Most realistic page flip animation.
  • Customizable: Choose from various modes and customize toolbar, background, colors, and more.

Advanced Features in PRO Version

Upgrade for features like PDF hyperlinks, text search, custom toolbar configurations, and more. Real3D FlipBook PRO.

Add Ons

  • PDF Tools Addon: Convert PDF to images to enhance loading speed and security.

Upgrade to PRO for More Features

Unlock advanced features like PDF hyperlinks, text search, custom toolbar configurations, and much more. Enhance your content presentation with Real3D FlipBook PRO.



This plugin provides 1 block.

  • R Dfb Embed


Automatic Installation

  1. Go to ‘Plugins > Add New’ and search for ‘Real3D Flipbook’.
  2. Click ‘Install Now’ and then activate.
  3. Create a new flipbook: ‘Real3D Flipbook’ > ‘Add New’, add images or PDF, customize settings, and publish.
  4. Copy the shortcode and paste it into a post or page.

Manual Installation

  1. Download the plugin zip file.
  2. Upload through ‘Plugins > Add New > Upload’ or extract to ‘/wp-content/plugins/’ directory.
  3. Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu.
  4. Create and publish a new flipbook, then use the shortcode in a post or page.


How to create a flipbook?

Go to ‘Real3D Flipbook > Add New’, add pages by uploading JPGs or PDF, and publish the flipbook.

How to embed a flipbook in a post or page?

Copy the flipbook shortcode from the list and paste it into a post or page.

Is there a limit to the number of pages or PDF file size?

Supports 500+ MB PDF files with 1000+ pages. Only visible pages are loaded, so performance is not affected by the number of pages.

How to optimize PDF flipbook for fast loading?

Optimize PDFs by reducing resolution to 150 dpi, using JPEG encoding for images, and ensuring web optimization settings.

How to optimize image flipbook for fast loading?

Use web-optimized images with a resolution around 2000px, preferably in JPG or WebP formats.


June 28, 2023 1 reply
Everybody knows about Issuu. It’s a way to publish PDFs and distribute them over the Internet with an astonishingly good look & feel. WordPress can directly embed the Issuu flipbook, and it’s a breeze to use. We all know that. We also know that Issuu is a paid service. When you have a 150-page catalogue taking 160 MBytes to load… forget it, you cannot afford to host it on Issuu. You have to do it by yourself. Also, Issuu may not allow all content to be displayed. They have their own reasons for flagging content as inappropriate — in some cases, to view your content, you have to demand that your viewers sign up with Issuu, too (so they can be independently validated, of course). This makes everything much cumbersome. There are many, many PDF viewers out there. In fact, these days, most people don’t even bother with PDF viewers, because most browsers already have the ability to directly view them — no plugin, no JavaScript, nothing else is required. “Ah,” you’d say — since you’re reading this review… “but that’s not the same as the cute animations that Issuu allows. It’s bare-bones PDF viewing — boring! Issuu, on the contrary, brings the user the experience of flipping through a book!” Indeed it does, but what if you have no option but to host the PDFs on your own website? Enter Real3D Flipbook! To be perfectly honest: I have the exact same PDF (aye, it’s 150 pages and 160+ MBytes in size) side by side, on Issue and on Real3D Flipbook. I like Real3D Flipbook more. The flipping animation is nicer and more realistic (and you can even get it to play a flipping sound), using advanced WebGL features such as shading and light rendering. And it’s not an embedded iFrame — rather, this plugin directly accesses the browser’s canvas, so it gets access to more powerful tools (or so I guess). And if you’re scared of serving 160 MBytes (or more!) from your own server, don’t worry — Real3D Flipbook will only render pages on demand, as they get requested by the person viewing the PDF. They will not need to retrieve all pages in advance (of course, that also means that if you flip through a big. heavy PDF very quickly, there will be some pages temporarily rendered as blank pages, until Real3D Flipbook ‘catches up’ with the content being served). Oh, by the way, all the above goodies come as standard on the free version (the one you can get from here). There is a paid version, which you can get from the Envato marketplace. It’s cheap, but it allows much more detailed configuration of all aspects of Real3D Flipbook, have different settings for different PDFs, and so forth. And there is an additional option to store your PDF on their CDN as well, if you’re really concerned about the load on your server. In other words: if you’re actually recommending to a customer a solution for showing PDFs on their website, and your customer is willing to pay for such a service, then, with Real3D Flipbook, you have basically the same service as Issuu, without their restrictions — and without Issuu’s price. And you get a much cooler flipping animation! (Note that even the free version allows more basic rendering — just using CSS, for instance — which will make your pages much lighter. But that’s your choice!) I’m aware that this plugin, while heavily recommended, is not faultless. For instance, it’s clear that it doesn’t get updated all that often. Sometimes, this is not necessarily bad — except for security issues, if the plugin already has all the functionality you need, ‘frozen’ in place, so to speak, why bother to update it, just for the sake of saying ‘hey, a new version is out?’ As an amateur plugin developer myself, that’s the path I take as well. The settings page for the plugin, as well as the online documentation, also suffer from bad spelling mistakes and some confusing organisation overall. It’s clear, from the Envato marketplace, that this plugin stated its life as merely a jQuery-based collection of scripts. Turning it into a plugin (supporting shortcodes and Gutenberg blocks!) required further development, and it’s possible that the ‘adaptation’ of a jQuery-only plugin to work fully integrated into WordPress had its rough edges. Still, one might argue that it could have been done differently, and that both the plugin would benefit from a text revision made by a professional technical writer. It would also be nice if the developer just updated the information about the version of WordPress this works with. I get all those warnings saying that the plugin has never been tested with the most current version of WordPress. The truth is that it works flawlessly (it was well-designed from the start!), it’s just that the developer didn’t bother to update the version on the plugin configuration files. Last but not least, even though this is a standalone plugin, and the same applies to the paid version as well, there are extra goodies that you can install separately, buying them directly from Envato. Some of those goodies are extremely useful, while others might not be relevant. Instead of bundling them all together, you just get the features you wish to pay for. That’s certainly a very appealing business model, and one that allows the developer to continue to add functionality to Real3D Flipbook, but with external modules, additional to the ‘core’. In fact, this is the same concept that made WordPress (and, later, WooCommerce) the most-used CMS in the world: start with a bare-bones (but fully functional!) solution first, and let users pick whatever additional functionality they want — adding these in a modular way (some of which will be paid, but the bulk will be free). Real3D Flipbook adopts the same concept (at a much smaller scale, of course). No wonder it’s so recommended on the popular reviewing sites out there. There might be quite good plugins here and there, many of which free (or at least having an entry-level free version), but none rivals Real3D Flipbook, and most don’t even come close. Not even Issuu.
May 14, 2020
It’s a good plugin with few small issues that need polishing, one of them being the updates. Unlike all other plugins I purchased, this one requires manually downloading an archive and copying files into relevant folders on the server. I wish this process would be automatic.
July 25, 2019
This plugin is very good, clever and fast! It has all or even more settings from those that may be needed and works great. It’s probably one of the best of WordPress.org. Well done to the developer!
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Contributors & Developers

“3D FlipBook, PDF Viewer, PDF Embedder – Real 3D FlipBook WordPress Plugin” is open source software. The following people have contributed to this plugin.


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  • initial release


  • New: more options added under General
  • New: WebGL options
  • Improvement: better performance
  • Improvement: faster page loading time
  • Improvement: optimized script loading
  • Improvement: smaller script sizes
  • Fix : various bug fixes


  • Fix: updating from 1.0


  • New: view mode “scroll”
  • Fix: view mode “3d” performance


  • New: flipbook mode “lightbox” and “fullscreen” added
  • Fix: view mode “scroll” not loading first page if viewer is off screen
  • Improvement: disable flipbook when it is off screen


  • Fix: bug with OffscreenCanvas undefined on iOS
  • Fix: disable page scroll on mobile when lightbox is active
  • Fix: disable page flip if another flipbook is in fullscreen or lightbox
  • Improvement: faster page loading in mode “webgl”
  • Improvement: faster page loading for PDF flipbooks
  • Improvement: performance optimizations


  • Improvement: Added toolbar with Zoom in, Zoom out and Fullscreen options


  • New: Help section in Edit flipbook page, with Getting Started video
  • New: Open lightbox flipbook with a “lightbox CSS class” – any element with this CSS class will open the lightbox flipbook
  • New: Set lightbox CSS class via shortcode parameter “class”
  • New: Set PDF URL via shortcode parameter “pdf”
  • New: Set lightbox thumbnail URL via shortcode parameter “thumb”


  • Improvement: Updated Getting Started video
  • Improvement: Changed default flipbook container size to A4 double page


  • Fix: Creating flipbook from images
  • Fix: Flipping pages with arrows in mode “3d” and “2d”


  • New: Thumbnails option in toolbar
  • New: Print option in toolbar
  • Improvement: Page resolution for PDF flipbook


  • New: Help admin page


  • New: Toolbar button for enabling / disabling flip sound


  • Fix: Prevent page flip after pinch zoom
  • Fix: Prevent double click zoom during page flip


  • Fix: Single page mode with odd number of pages
  • Fix: Blurry pages in mode 2D
  • Fix: Right to left mode when book has 1 page


  • Fix: Left page not visible on iOS, when view mode is 2d or 3d
  • Fix: HTML content not working for PDF flipbook


  • New: Table of Contents from page titles
  • New: Table of Contents builder
  • New: Share on Facebook, X


  • New: Option to override click on PDF links, all links will open PDF in Real3D Flipbook lightbox
  • New: Option to render shortcodes [pdf-embedder url=”…pdf”], [dflip source=”…pdf”], [wonderplugin_pdf src=”…pdf”] in Real3D Flipbook


  • New: Option to render shortcodes [3d-flip-book pdf=”…pdf”], [3d-flip-book id=”…pdf”], [dflip id=”…pdf”], [pdfjs-viewer url=”…pdf”] in Real3D Flipbook


  • Fix: Import flipbooks from JSON


  • New: Download PDF button
  • New: Enable / Disable any toolbar button


  • Improvement: Flipbook live preview in admin


  • New: Option to show only first x number of pages
  • Fix: Scrollbar on Table of Contents and Thumbnails


  • Improvement: Updated links for addons


  • Fix: Conflict with dflip plugin


  • Fix: Override PDF Embedder shortcode and block


  • New: Support for translation with .po .mo files
  • New: Added Turkish translation


  • Improvement: Navigation arrows redesign
  • Improvement: Thumbnails view redesign


  • Fix: Saving HTML content for flipbook pages
  • New: Tooltip for toolbar


  • Fix: Right to left mode in view mode “3d”, “2d”, “simple”


  • Fix: Right to left mode in view mode “swipe”


  • New: Resize flipbook container to fit double page flipbook on desktop and single page flipbook on mobile


  • Improvement: Code optimization


  • Improvement: Performance optimization for JPG flipbooks
  • Fix: Missing “scroll” option in Mobile > View mode


  • Fix: View mode “swipe” not working


  • New: Tools submenu in toolbar
  • Improvement: Share menu redesign
  • Improvement: Better flip animation


  • Fix: Flipbook thumbnail overwriting


  • Fix: Flipbook quick edit post deletes flipbook settings


  • New: Container ratio option
  • New: Editable Flipbook permalink structure


  • Improvement: Updated to more recent pdf.js
  • Fix: Multiple flibpooks on the same page not working
  • New: Convert PDF links – Option to convert only PDF links with CSS class
  • New: Convert PDF links – Option to convert only PDF links witouts CSS class


  • Improvement: Updated to PDF.js 3.11.174
  • Fix: Fullscreen on iOS
  • Fix: Double click zoom
  • Fix: Flip pages with touch swipe
  • Other bug fixes
  • Performance improvements


  • Fix: Fullscreen mode flipbook cut off
  • Fix: Broken flipbook permalinks


  • Improvement: Admin Help page


  • Fix: Lightbox flipbook bug when flipbook is not visible
  • Fix: Bulk edit flipbook posts deletes options from flipbook
  • Fix: Errors caused by cached scripts
  • Fix: Table of Contents from PDF outline
  • Fix: PHP 8.3 warning
  • Fix: iOS fullscreen shows warning
  • Fix: PDF Flipbook rendering bug
  • New: Option to enable / disable Current page on mobile
  • New: Option to enable / disable Tools menu


  • Fix: Bug with creating new flipbooks


  • Fix: One page JPG flipbook not working


  • Fix: PHP error on flipbook permalink
  • Fix: Flipbook not loading in lightbox
  • Fix: Single page mode can flip beyond last page


  • Fix: JS error on Edit flipbook page


  • Fix: PDF flipbook not loading when RequireJS is used on the page
  • Fix: Toggle fullscreen icon does not change on iOS
  • Fix: Video does not pause in view mode “scroll” when scrolled page goes outside of view


  • Improvement: Flipbook thumbnail saved as webp
  • Improvement: Keep page editor items after replacing PDF
  • Improvement: Edit flipbook page performance