Thank you very much for this. It was extremely helpful in debugging. It turns 
out that FOP was doing its job just fine, but the generated PDFs were post 
processed and merged by iText which dropped the links and other annotations. 
(Rewriting that method to use PdfCopy instead of PdfWriter resolved the issue.)
-----Original Message-----
From: kibukj <>
To: fop-users <>
Sent: Wed, Jan 23, 2019 8:24 pm
Subject: Re: PDF Links using Basic-Link

Your example appears to work for me.

What are you using to view the PDF? Could it be the PDF viewer you
are using does not support hyperlinks, or requires an extra key like
Ctrl+Left Click to activate a link?

Here is the complete minimal working example I tried:

<fo:root xmlns:fo="";>
    <fo:simple-page-master master-name="Page">
  <fo:page-sequence master-reference="Page">
    <fo:flow flow-name="xsl-region-body">
        <fo:basic-link color="blue" 
external-destination="url(">Lorem ipsum</fo:basic-link>

And here is the PDF that produces:

Try opening that in the same PDF viewer, and see if the link works
for you.

Bjkyavuz <> wrote:

> Hi guys,
> I am using FOP 2.1 to generate a PDF file with external hyperlinks. Even with 
> this simple syntax, I end up with just a text in the PDF that cannot be 
> clicked:
> <fo:basic-link color="blue" 
> external-destination="url(">Lorem Ipsum</fo:basic-link>
> Any clues as to what areas I could be digging deeper into to figure this out?
> Thanks for the help,Yavuz

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