|Initial release||March 4, 2005[nb 1]|
|Stable release||0.24.3 / October 26, 2013|
|Operating system||Linux, Unix, BSD, Windows|
|License||GPLv2 or GPLv3|
In computing, Poppler (or libpoppler) is a free software library used to render PDF documents. Its development is supported by freedesktop.org. It is the most common such library on GNU/Linux systems, and is used by the PDF viewers of the open source GNOME and KDE desktop environments.
The project was started by Kristian Høgsberg with two goals in mind:
- To provide PDF rendering functionality as a shared library, in order to centralize maintenance effort
- To go beyond the goals of Xpdf, and integrate with functionality provided by modern operating systems
As of the version 0.18 release in 2011, the poppler library represents a complete implementation of ISO 32000-1, the PDF format standard, and is the first major free PDF library to support its forms and annotations features.
PDF applications using Poppler
A number of free software applications use Poppler to render PDF documents
|pdftotext, pdftohtml, etc.||none|
Poppler can use two back-ends for drawing PDF documents, Cairo and Splash. Its features may depend on which back-end it employs. A third back-end based on Qt4's painting framework "Arthur", is available, but is incomplete and no longer under active development. Bindings exist for Glib, Qt3, and Qt4, that provide interfaces to the Poppler backends, although the Qt3 and Qt4 bindings support only the Splash backend. There is a patchset available to add support for the Cairo backend to the Qt4 bindings, but the Poppler project does not currently wish to integrate the feature into the library proper.
Some characteristics of the back-ends include:
- Cairo: Anti-aliasing of vector graphics, and transparent objects.
- Splash: Supports minification filtering of bitmaps.
Poppler comes with a text-rendering back-end as well, which can be invoked from the command line utility
pdftotext. It is useful for searching for strings in PDFs from the command line, using the utility
grep, for instance.
pdftotext file.pdf - | grep string
- This file-modification date appears on the version 0.1.1 tarball, the "first real release", according to Poppler's release history.
- "Poppler Releases". Retrieved 2013-11-04.
- "GNU PDF project leaves FSF High Priority Projects list; mission complete!". October 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-11.
- "Poppler README file". Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- "Poppler Homepage". Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- "Poppler Wiki. Information about Poppler". Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- Re: [poppler] Qt4 Arthur
- giddie/poppler-qt4-cairo-backend · GitHub
- Bug 25240 – Cairo backend for Qt4 wrapper
- "Searching PDF Files With grep". Retrieved 2010-01-21.
- Albert Astals Cid (29 August 2005) The Poppler Library, presentation at the 2005 KDE conference
- Official website
- Qt Quarterly: Poppler: Displaying PDF Files with Qt
- Poppler utils installer for windows.