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XML Data Package

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XML Data Package (XDP)
Filename extension
Internet media type
Developed byAdobe Systems
Latest release
Container forPDF, XFA
Contained byPDF
Extended fromXML

XML Data Package (XDP) is an XML file format created by Adobe Systems in 2003. It is intended to be an XML-based companion to PDF. It allows PDF content and/or Adobe XML Forms Architecture (XFA) resources to be packaged within an XML container.

Several products by Adobe, most notably its LiveCycle ES Suite, use files in XDP format.

XDP is XML 1.0 compliant. The XDP may be a standalone document or it may in turn be carried inside a PDF document.[2]

XDP provides a mechanism for packaging form components within a surrounding XML container. An XDP can also package a PDF file, along with XML form and template data.[3] When the XFA (XML Forms Architecture) grammars used for an XFA form are moved from one application to another, they must be packaged as an XML Data Package.[2] The format of an XFA resource in PDF is described by the XML Data Package Specification.[4] The types of XDP content defined in XFA specification include PDF, XFA template, XML configuration information (XCI), dataSet, sourceSet, XSLT style sheet, XFDF (form data) and undocumented packets (such as those used to communicate events to a Form Server).[2]


  1. ^ IANA Application Media Types - Vendor Tree - vnd.adobe.xdp+xml, retrieved 2010-02-22
  2. ^ a b c XML Forms Architecture (XFA) Specification Version 2.5 (PDF), 2007-06-08, retrieved 2010-02-19
  3. ^ Adobe Systems Incorporated. "Adobe XML Forms Architecture (XFA)". Archived from the original on 2009-12-23. Retrieved 2010-02-19.
  4. ^ Adobe Systems Incorporated (2008-07-01), Document Management – Portable Document Format – Part 1: PDF 1.7, First Edition (PDF), retrieved 2010-02-19