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Smallpdf logo.png
Type of site
FoundedAugust 2013[1]
HeadquartersZürich, Switzerland
Founder(s)Manuel Stofer
Mathis Büchi
Lino Teuteberg

Smallpdf is a Swiss online web-based PDF software, founded in 2013.[2] It offers free services to compress, convert and edit PDF documents.[3]


Smallpdf was founded in 2013 by Mathis Büchi, Lino Teuterberg, and Manuel Stofer while they were living abroad in Korea. The idea came from the need for their families to compress and send large documents via email.[4]

The initial version of the site featured a standalone PDF compression tool.[5] Since then, the online platform has introduced over 16 PDF tools to convert, compress and edit PDF documents.[6] As of 2019, approximately 25 million unique users use Smallpdf every month.[7]

In November 2018, it was announced that Smallpdf would integrate with Dropbox as part of the 'Dropbox Extensions', to provide Dropbox users with PDF editing capabilities.[8]

Technical partners[edit]

Smallpdf partners with Solid Documents for PDF to Office libraries,[9] as well as with PDF tools.[10] Solid Documents is a New Zealand-based company offering desktop PDF solutions.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Das Schweizer Startup "smallpdf" tritt gegen Adobe an".
  2. ^ "Kleines Zürcher Startup Smallpdf partnert mit Dropbox". 2018-11-07.
  3. ^ "Website that meets all your PDF needs". 2018-11-24.
  4. ^ Webb, Alex (2015-10-16). "Mathis Büchii: Online Entrepreneur".
  5. ^ "Compress PDF - Reduce your PDF Online for Free". Archived from the original on 2013-08-05.
  6. ^ Ohr, Thomas (November 16, 2017). "Zurich-based startup Smallpdf operates one of the 900 most visited websites worldwide". EU Startups.
  7. ^ Kissling, Nadine (2019-07-22). "Smallpdf macht Jagd auf Adobe und holt mit Dennis Just ein bekanntes Gesicht der Schweizer Startup Szene an Board".
  8. ^ Miller, Ron (2018-11-06). "Dropbox introduces Extensions for deeper integration with third-party tools". TechCrunch.
  9. ^ "SmallPdf : Convertissez un fichier Pdf en Word, Excel, JPEG et PPT". Geekhebdo (in French). 2016-07-24. Retrieved 2017-05-23.
  10. ^ Switzerland, PDF Tools AG (2015-12-18). "Customers". PDF-Tools AG. Retrieved 2017-05-30.