How to allow downloads inside webview in Google Chrome App?

I have web app running on a local web server that I am trying to interact with via a webview. I have link that will return a PDF where content-disposition is attachment (it is a requirement that the file be downloaded and opened by the system default pdf reader).

I have looked through what I can find on dealing with permission requests in Chrome apps. At this point I can't even get an acknowledgement that the app is even receiving a permission request. Am I doing something wrong? Probably. What is it?

Here is the link from my web app.

<a href="/mypage/publication_file/8827">Download</a>

Here is my manifest.

  "app": {
    "background": {
      "scripts": [ "main.js" ]
  "icons": {
   "128": "icon_128.png",
   "16": "icon_16.png"
  "manifest_version": 2,
  "minimum_chrome_version": "30",
  "name": "PED",
  "permissions": [ "webview" ],
  "version": "0.0.0"

Here is my JS. {

function runApp() {'browser.html', {
    bounds: {
     'width': 1280,
     'height': 768

var webview = document.getElementById("webview");
webview.addEventListener('permissionrequest', function(e) {
  console.log("permission requested")

When I click on my link I don't get my message on the console.


var webview = null;

function isSafeUrl(url) {
  // You may want to perform a more rigorous check.
  // There's a technique that creates an <a> to parse the URI, but that seems
  // like a security risk.
  return !!url.match(/^(?:ftp|https?):\/\//i);

function onPermissionRequest(event) {
  switch (event.permission) {
    case 'download':
      if (isSafeUrl(event.request.url)) {
      } else {

    // You can add code for other permissions here.

function onDomReady() {
  webview = document.getElementById('webview');
  webview.addEventListener('permissionrequest', onPermissionRequest);

document.addEventListener('DOMContentLoaded', onDomReady);

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