List of PDF software
This is a list of links to articles on software used to manage Portable Document Format (PDF) documents. The distinction between the various functions is not entirely clear-cut; for example, some viewers allow adding of annotations, signatures, etc. Some software allows redaction, removing content irreversibly for security. Extracting embedded text is a common feature, but other applications perform optical character recognition (OCR) to convert imaged text to machine-readable form, sometimes by using an external OCR module.
- 1 Multi-platform
- 2 AmigaOS
- 3 Linux and Unix
- 4 Mac OS X
- 5 Microsoft Windows
- 6 Mobile
- 7 Web-based
- 8 References
- 9 External links
These allow users to convert PDF files to other formats.
(For software to convert other formats to PDF, see the various Creators sections below. For software to convert HTML/CSS to PDF, see also the ‘HTML to PDF converters’ entries in Comparison of HTML to PDF converters.)
|GIMP||GNU GPL||Linux, Mac, Windows||Converts PDF to raster images|
|ImageMagick||Apache||Linux, Mac, Windows||Converts PDF to raster images and vice versa|
|LibreOffice||GNU LGPLv3 / MPLv2.0||Linux, Mac, Windows||Import from PDF (extension included by default), export as PDF including PDF/A.|
|OpenOffice.org||GNU LGPLv3||Linux, Mac, Windows||Import from PDF (with restrictions) (after installing an extension), export as PDF including PDF/A.|
|PDFBox||Apache License||Linux, Unix, Windows||Converts PDF to other file format (text, images, html, ...)|
|Poppler-utils||GNU GPL||Linux, Unix, Windows||Converts PDF to other file format (text, images, html, ...)|
|pstoedit||GNU GPL||Linux, Unix, Windows||Converts PostScript to (other) vector graphics file format|
|QPDF||Artistic License 2.0||Linux, Windows||Structural, content-preserving transformations from PDF to PDF|
|pdf-parser||Public Domain||Python script||Extraction and analysis tool, handles corrupt and malicious PDF documents|
|Solid Converter PDF||Proprietary||Windows, Mac OS X||PDF to Word, Excel, HTML and Text; supports passwords, text editing, and batch conversion|
|SWFTools||GNU GPL||Linux, Windows, Mac||SWF conversion and manipulation suite containing a standalone PDF to SWF converter along with a Python gfx API ( requires Xpdf )|
|Nitro PDF||Proprietary||Windows||Converts PDF to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, raster images|
|Able2extract||Proprietary||Windows, Mac OS X, Linux||Converts PDF to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Open Office, AutoCAD, HTML, Text, Images|
|Mobipocket Creator||Proprietary||Windows||Import from PDF and create HTML and MOBI output|
These allow users to modify an existing PDF file.
|LibreOffice Draw||GNU LGPL||Windows, Mac OS, Linux||PDF viewing and editing. Has many of the features offered by Acrobat.|
|Foxit PDF Editor||Proprietary||Windows, Linux||Word Processor Like Editing, Spell Checking, Convert to ePub, HTML, and RTF, Export Tables and Article Threads|
|OpenOffice Draw||GNU LGPL||Windows, Mac OS, Linux||PDF import via OpenOffice.org software, or extensions|
|Inkscape||GNU GPL||Windows, Mac OS, Linux||Open, edit and export documents, but only one page at a time (pages can be later combined using PDF printer)|
|PDFedit||GNU GPL||Windows, Linux, BSD||Software to view or edit the internal structures of PDF documents, and merge them|
|Pdftk||GNU GPL||Windows, Mac OS, Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris||Command-line tools to edit and convert documents; supports filling of PDF forms with FDF/XFDF data. GUI front-end exists|
|PDFSaM||GNU GPLv2||Windows, Mac OS, Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris||GUI and command-line tools to split and merge PDF documents, rotate and rearrange pages; supports encrypting/decrypting of PDF documents, setting permissions, adding front or back cover, extracting attachments, filling the metadata|
|Nitro PDF||Proprietary||Windows||Rich UI, allows combining PDFs, converting to other formats, editing (add images, shapes, text, etc.)|
|PDF Studio||Proprietary||Windows, Mac OS, Linux||Full feature PDF editor|
|Karbon||LGPL and GPL||Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, BSD, Solaris/Illumos||Import PDF with multiple pages as layouts, export as a one-page PDF. All standard vector graphics editor features.|
|Serif PagePlus||Commercial||Windows||Desktop publishing (DTP) application allows opening and editing of PDF documents; Allows compatible saving as PDF 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 and 1.7 and supports also PDF/X1, PDF/X1a and PDF/X-3|
|Soda PDF||Proprietary||Windows, Mac OS X||Modular PDF software|
|Microsoft Word||Commercial||Windows||Save To PDF option was added in version 2007, since version 2013 Word can also open PDF for editing|
These are used by software developers to add and create PDF features.
|Adobe PDF Library||Proprietary License||C++, .NET, Java API with support for PDF editing, viewing, printing and text extractions|
|PDFBox||Apache License||Java developer library for creating, view, extract, print PDF files.|
|Formatting Objects Processor||Apache License||Open-source print formatter driven by XSL Formatting Objects and an output independent formatter; main output target is PDF|
|iText||AGPL||Library to create and manipulate PDF, RTF, HTML files in Java, C#, and other .NET languages|
|JasperReports||GNU LGPL||Open-source Java reporting tool that can write to screen, printer, or into PDF, HTML, Microsoft Excel, RTF, ODT, comma-separated values and XML files|
|JPedal||Proprietary, GNU LGPL||Java developer library for viewing, extracting, and printing PDF files.|
|libHaru||ZLIB/LIBPNG||Open-source, cross-platform C library to generate PDF files|
|PDFTron Systems||Proprietary License||C, C++, C# .NET, JAVA, Objective-C, Python, Ruby and PHP library for creating, editing, annotating, optimizing and viewing PDF files.|
|podofo||GNU LGPL||Open-source C++ library to read and write the PDF files|
|Poppler||GNU GPL||Open-source multi-backend C++ library derived from Xpdf; no bundled viewer; incl. pdftohtml converter|
|TCPDF||GNU LGPL||Open-source PHP library to create PDF files|
|XEP||Proprietary||XSL-FO layout engine written in Java; output formats: PDF|
These create files in their native formats, but then allow users to export them to PDF formats.
|Adobe Acrobat||Proprietary||Windows, MacOS X||Desktop PDF authoring suite|
|Adobe Illustrator||Proprietary||Windows, MacOS X||Illustrator can save as PDF, and can recognize and edit text and graphics|
|FineReader||Proprietary||?||OCR tool; can save as PDF, and recognize text from PDF|
|Ghostscript||GNU GPL||Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, UNIX||Viewer, creator, converter; supports also PDF/X-3; used by PdfCreator (until v1.7.3 then .NET Framwork 4 since v2.0.0), WinPdf, BullzipPdf, CutePDF freeware version and others|
|Microsoft Office||Proprietary||Windows, Mac OS X||All Microsoft Office products from 2007 version allow users to Save as PDF|
|OpenOffice.org||GNU GPL||Linux, Windows, Mac||All OpenOffice.org applications allow PDF export; supports also PDF/A-1a; since many import formats are supported (e.g., doc, docx, rtf, xls, ppt) conversion is also possible|
|LibreOffice||GNU GPL||Linux, Windows, Mac||All LibreOffice applications allow PDF export; supports also PDF/A-1a; since many import formats are supported (e.g., doc, docx, rtf, xls, ppt) conversion is also possible|
|Serif PagePlus||Commercial||Windows||Desktop publishing (DTP) application; Allows compatible saving as PDF 1.3, 1.4, 1.5 and 1.7 and supports also PDF/X1, PDF/X1a and PDF/X-3|
|PageStream||Proprietary||?||Cross-platform desktop publishing application to open, edit, export|
|Prince||Commercial||Linux, Mac, Windows, Solaris,||Converts HTML, XML, SVG, and MathML to PDF by way of CSS|
|Scribus||GNU GPL||Linux/UNIX, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4/eComStation and Windows desktops||Cross-platform desktop publishing (DTP) application; supports also PDF/X-3|
|XEP||Proprietary||BSD, Linux, Mac, Windows (Java based)||Converts XML and XSL-FO to PDF|
|LaTeX, TeX||LaTeX Project Public License, Permissive||?||Mark-up language and tools to write technical reports, books, magazines, almost any publication type|
|LuaTeX||GNU GPL||?||TeX typesetting system that creates PDF documents|
|pdfTeX||GNU GPL||?||TeX typesetting system that creates PDF documents|
|XeTeX||MIT||?||TeX typesetting system that creates PDF documents|
These allow users to view (not edit or modify) any existing PDF file.
(For e-book readers, see also Comparison of e-book readers.)
|Adobe Reader||Proprietary, freeware||Adobe's PDF reader|
|DigiSigner||Proprietary, freeware||PDF viewer with added function to digitally sign PDF documents|
|Evince||GNU GPL||Universal viewer for GNOME.|
|Foxit Reader||Proprietary, freeware||PDF Viewer / Reader for Desktop computer and Mobile Devices. Allows users to add many elements to PDFs (e.g. arrowed comment boxes, text boxes, links, bookmarks, and images).|
|Ghostview||Aladdin Free Public License||A graphical interface for Ghostscript|
|Google Chrome||Freeware||Browser includes PDF viewer functionality.|
|MuPDF||GNU AGPL||Aims to be small and fast with high quality anti-aliased graphics.|
|Qiqqa||Proprietary, freeware||View PDFs in a variety of zoom layouts, annotate, tag, search, cross-reference.|
|Utopia Documents||Proprietary, freeware||Semantic scientific PDF reader (optimised for life sciences and medicine), allows public comments on PDFs, generates on-the-fly link-outs to scientific databases and resources when used while online|
|Xpdf||Free and proprietary versions||Multi-platform viewer; GLP2, source and binaries available for Windows, Linux and Macintosh|
- Antiword: A free Microsoft Office Word reader for various operating systems; converts binary files from Word 2, 6, 7, 97, 2000, 2002 and 2003 to plain text or PostScript; available for AmigaOS 4, MorphOS, AROS x86
- dvipdfm: a DVI to PDF translator with zlib support
Linux and Unix
- Okular: Supports a range of annotation types. Annotations are stored separately from the unmodified PDF file, or (since version 0.15 with Poppler 0.20) can be saved in the document as standard PDF annotations.
- Xournal: Allows for complex and customizable annotations by freehand drawing, a shape recognition tool, multiple colours and text fonts. In addition, there is a rule tool for straight lines, highlighting and underlining. Annotations may be copied, pasted and easily moved. Annotations may also be in complex scripts such as Tibetan through SCIM input. Annotations are stored separately from the unmodified PDF file, but the annotated document can be exported to PDF.
- Evince: Supports addition and removal (since version 3.14 ), of basic text note annotations.
The CUPS printing system can render any document to a PDF file, thus any Linux program with print capability can produce PDF files.
- Pdftk: can merge, split, en-/decrypt, watermark/stamp and manipulate PDF files.
- PDFSaM: can split, merge and mix PDF documents, encrypt and decrypt them, set metadata, permissions and viewer options, extract attachments, add front and back cover and rotate pages.
- poppler-utils: includes command-line tools to extract images from a PDF (pdfimages) and convert a PDF to other formats (pdftohtml, pdftotext, pdftoppm).
- ps2pdf: (part of Ghostscript) converts a PostScript file to a PDF.
- SWFTools: its pdf2swf component converts PDF to SWF.
- Xpdf: an open source multi-backend library for viewing and manipulating PDF files. Bundled with a viewer with the same name
- poppler: is a free software utility library for rendering Portable Document Format (PDF) documents.
- PDF Studio: proprietary software for viewing and editing PDF documents
- Inkscape: Technically not a PDF editor, but can be used as such page by page
- PDFSaM: free (GPLv2) GUI tools to manipulate, split, merge PDF documents
- PDFtk: free (GPLv2) command-line tools to manipulate, split, merge, encrypt and decrypt PDF documents
- Xournal: free (GPLv2) GUI tool which can annotate PDF files and save and print the results.
- Adobe Reader: Extant freeware versions are obsolete, Adobe has stopped support for Linux.
- Evince: default PDF and file viewer for GNOME; replaces GPdf.
- Okular: KDE desktop environment; replaces KPDF.
- Xpdf: for the X Window System.
- Xournal: GTK2 PDF viewer and annotator using Poppler.
- Firefox: Includes a PDF viewer
- Google Chrome: Includes a PDF viewer
- Zathura (document viewer): Lightweight document viewer with vim-like keybindings.
- MuPDF: Free lightweight document viewer.
Mac OS X
- deskUNPDF for Mac: proprietary application from Docudesk to convert PDF files to Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org, image, and data file formats
- Adobe Acrobat: Proprietary PDF authoring suite
- PDF Studio: Proprietary software to view and edit PDF documents
- PDF Signer: Proprietary; fills forms and embeds image signatures in PDF documents
- PDFSaM: free (GPLv2) command-line and GUI tools to manipulate, split, merge, encrypt and decrypt PDF documents
- Mac OS X: Creates PDF documents natively via print dialog
- Safari: This bundled web browser has built-in support for reading PDF documents.
- Firefox: Includes a PDF viewer
- Google Chrome: Includes a PDF viewer
- Preview: Mac OS X's default PDF viewer (in Mac OS X v10.5 and later, it also can rotate, reorder, annotate, insert, and delete pages. It can also merge files, create new files from existing files, and move pages between files.)
- Adobe Reader: Adobe Systems's reader which is also available for Macintosh; Safari plug-in available
- Skim, an open source (BSD licence) PDF reader and note-taker for Mac OS X
- Foxit Reader: Proprietary, freeware. Allows users to add elements to PDFs (e.g. arrowed comment boxes, text boxes, links, bookmarks, and images)
- Adobe Acrobat: Can convert files into PDF or convert PDF files into other formats
- ABBYY FineReader: Commercial PDF converter which converts PDF into Word (.doc), Excel (.xls), PowerPoint (ppt), and more
- deskUNPDF: PDF converter to convert PDFs to Word (.doc, docx), Excel (.xls), (.csv), (.txt), more
- GSview: File:Convert menu item converts any sequence of PDF pages to a sequence of images in many formats from bit to tiffpack with resolutions from 72 to 204 × 98 (open source software)
- gDoc Fusion: Proprietary, shareware; PDF views, edits, converts documents into PDF, XPS or Microsoft Word document; after 30 days a watermark is placed on documents in shareware version
- OmniPage: Converts to and from PDF and other formats with many options.
- PDF-XChange: PDF Tools and PDF-XChange print driver allow conversion from many formats to PDF. A "lite" version of the print driver is free for non-commercial (home and academic) but places a watermark on documents
- Qiqqa: Converts Microsoft Word document and Web Pages to PDF.
- SaveasPDFandXPS: Freeware add-in for Microsoft Office 2007; converts documents in standard Microsoft Office formats, e.g. Word, Excel, Powerpoint, into PDF format.
- SWFTools: 'pdf2swf component converts PDF to SWF – command line with GUI wrapper
- poppler-utils a collection of tools builds on poppler to convert PDF contents to everything
|Name||Type and license||Description|
|Bullzip PDF Printer||Freeware||Virtual printer, requires Ghostscript and PDFPowerTool.|
|CC PDF Converter||GNU GPL||Virtual Printer. Creates a PDF with embedded Creative Commons license from any software. Bundled with optional proprietary Razoss adware and browser tools.|
|CutePDF||Freeware and professional versions||Virtual printer, also with proprietary PDF editor. Attempts to install the Ask Toolbar as well as Hotspot Shield. Can be avoided by using the /no3d command-line switch. Includes OpenCandy adware.|
|deskPDF||Standalone||Available for both client and terminal servers.|
|doPDF||Freeware standalone||Virtual printer. It doesn't use Ghostscript. Includes adware.|
|Foxit Reader PDF Printer||Freeware||Virtual printer that comes with Foxit Reader.|
|gDoc Creator||Shareware||Enterprise-level creator to create, review, edit, share or archive PDF and XPS documents. After 30 days shareware version places a watermark on documents.|
|HelpNDoc||Freeware and professional versions||Manual and documentation authoring tool with native PDF export. Free for personal use.|
|Nitro PDF Reader||Freeware reader; commercial full version available||As with Adobe Acrobat, Nitro PDF Pro's reader is free; but unlike Adobe's free reader, Nitro's free reader allows PDF creation (via a virtual printer driver, or by specifying a filename in the reader's interface, or by drag-'n-drop of a file to Nitro PDF Reader's Windows desktop icon); Ghostscript not needed.|
|PagePlus||Proprietary||Desktop publishing suite with PDF viewing, editing and creation features|
|PaperPort||Commercial||Desktop publishing suite with PDF viewing, editing and creation features|
|PDFCreator||FairPlay, GNU GPL||Virtual printer for Windows using a custom license called FairPlay. Used Ghostscript GPL until v1.7.3. Now uses .NET Framework 4. Includes adware.|
|PDF-XChange||Free lite version||PDF Tools allows creation of PDFs from many types of source input (images, scans, etc.). The PDF-XChange print driver allows printing directly to a PDF. A "lite" version of the print driver is free for non-commercial (home and academic) use.|
|PrimoPDF||Freeware standalone||Virtual printer, for Microsoft .NET Framework and uses Ghostscript and RedMon. Connects with www.primopdf.com. Includes Open Candy adware.|
|Print&Share||Proprietary||Virtual printer. Creates also PDF/A.|
|SaveasPDFandXPS||Freeware||Add-in for Microsoft Office 2007|
|Solid PDF Creator||Proprietary|
|Universal Document Converter||Proprietary, Commercial||Virtual printer. It doesn't use Ghostscript.|
|Xara Photo & Graphic Designer||Proprietary||Graphic design software with PDF creation plus import, viewing and limited editing|
- Adobe Acrobat: Adobe Systems's proprietary desktop PDF authoring suite.
- Adobe Photoshop: Adobe Systems's Graphic Design software and image editor.
- Bluebeam Revu: a commercial PDF editor, markup and collaboration product aimed at engineering and architectural markets
- gDoc Fusion: proprietary/shareware desktop product to create, review, edit, share or archive PDF and XPS documents. After 30 days a watermark is placed on documents in shareware version.
- LibreOffice: free (MPLv2) GUI tools to manipulate, split, merge, encrypt and decrypt PDF files
- Nitro PDF Pro: a proprietary commercial PDF creator/editor with an interface styled after Microsoft Office; replicates most or all features of the Adobe Acrobat full commercial version; offers a separate freeware reader (which also supports PDF creation, annotation, collaboration and signing); Ghostscript not additionally needed.
- PDF Studio: Proprietary software for viewing and editing PDF documents
- pdftk: free (GPL) command-line tools to manipulate, edit and convert documents; supports filling of PDF forms with FDF/XFDF data
- PDFSaM: free (GPLv2) command-line and GUI tools to manipulate, split, merge, encrypt and decrypt PDF files
- PDF-XChange Viewer: Freeware PDF reader, tagger, editor (simple editions) and converter (free for non commercial uses).
- Solid PDF Tools: Convert PDFs into editable documents and create PDFs from a variety of file sources.
- Microsoft Word 2013: Proprietary desktop software. The 2013 edition of Office allows PDF files to be converted into a format that can be edited.
- Adobe Reader: Adobe's PDF reader is free only for personal use. For commercial use, Adobe Reader should be purchased. For instance, if your software uses Adobe Reader for things like printing, you and your customer will have to purchase Adobe Reader if it qualifies as a commercial product.
- Evince: a free (GPL), open source PDF reader. Part of the GNOME desktop environment. Windows port available since version 2.28.
- Foxit Reader: Proprietary/freeware PDF reader, supports FDF import/export, saving filled forms; other extended functionality available via purchasable plugins.
- gDoc Fusion: Proprietary/shareware to view PDF, XPS, Microsoft Word document, Microsoft Excel spreadsheet, Microsoft PowerPoint presentation or image files, included in the evaluation version of the product. Shareware version places a watermark on documents after 30 day eval.
- Google Chrome: Includes a PDF viewer.
- GSview: Open source software and Ghostscript's viewer for Windows.
- Javelin PDF Reader: A full functionality PDF reader with support for DRM using encoded and encrypted PDF files in Drumlin's DRMX and DRMZ formats.
- Microsoft Edge: Includes a PDF viewer.
- Microsoft Reader: A dedicated PDF viewer that is free to download from Windows store.
- Mozilla Firefox: Includes a PDF viewer.
- Nitro PDF Reader: Freeware (though proprietary) PDF reader and creator. Supports three methods (specifying the file within the reader's interface, or dragging-'n-dropping a file onto the reader's Windows desktop icon, or "printing" to a virtual printer driver) of PDF creation (Ghostscript not additionally needed), saving filled forms (AcroForms), text typewriter, markup/collaboration, and stamp signature (document signing).
- Nuance PDF Reader: Freeware (adware) PDF reader, supports saving filled forms, partial support for XFA forms; enables the capability to convert PDF files to MS Word or Excel files through Nuance website.
- PDF-XChange Viewer: Freeware viewer with free OCR, supports FDF/XFDF import/export, saving filled forms, extended markup and export to image capabilities.
- Qiqqa: Freeware PDF reader, indexer, tagger and annotator. Supports OCR and export of PDF text and images.
- Sumatra PDF: A free (GPL), open source PDF reader. It also supports DjVu, XPS, CHM, Comic Book (CBZ and CBR) and eBook (EPUB & MOBI) file formats. Supports automatic reloading of PDF files.
- STDU Viewer: A freeware for non-commercial usage PDF reader. It also supports DjVu, Comic Book Archive (CBR or CBZ), XPS, TIFF, TXT and image file formats.
- Evince: Ported to Maemo platform
- iBooks: PDF viewer for iOS (iPhone, iPad)
- Google Drive app for Android: can view PDFs
- Amazon Kindle app for Android: can view PDFs
- Foxit MobilePDF: PDF viewer and annotator for Android
- Qiqqa: PDF viewer and annotator for Android
- PDFVue: a free web application that allows the user to view PDF's, comment and fill PDF forms from a web browser. Generates a watermark.
- A.nnotate: a web service which views PDF documents as HTML in the browser, with annotation features.
- DigiSigner: free online PDF viewer java applet with additional function to digitally sign PDF documents.
- Docstoc: a web service which allows viewing PDF documents online
- Issuu: a web service which allows viewing PDF documents online
- Google Docs: a web service which views PDF documents as PNG images in the browser
- Scribd: a web service which renders PDF documents as HTML5 in the browser