There are several ways you can obtain the PDFBox binaries or sources:

See also the export control information related to the encryption features included in Apache PDFBox.

PDFBox 1.8.6

Apache PDFBox is an open source Java library for working with PDF documents.

  • 9.9MB, source archive, [ PGP signature ]
    SHA1 checksum: 543c49ebe34a443654a0c3c264f36acc07983cc6
    MD5 checksum: 68700d1002eb1d56b007c0cbcfce4db5
  • pdfbox-app-1.8.6.jar 11MB, pre-built PDFBox standalone binary, [ PGP signature ]
    SHA1 checksum: e39102eca32d41a236b6a2e2184784b15f53fa8d
    MD5 checksum: 9465dba88345ca482205c7e99b6ed63e
  • preflight-app-1.8.6.jar 6.8MB, pre-built Preflight standalone binary, [ PGP signature ]
    SHA1 checksum: 6da14f0858358e040f437057c8cc870fd030b9c8
    MD5 checksum: 83d080468d8fb9f6edcfb1c5e6d4768f
  • pdfbox-1.8.6.jar 3.9MB, pre-built binary, [ PGP signature ]
    SHA1 checksum: b5233e1070e7a5d1b041e549b9f93712485deb50
    MD5 checksum: af7035bce746272eefe975ca0b642cc5
  • fontbox-1.8.6.jar 214KB, pre-built binary, [ PGP signature ]
    SHA1 checksum: 024be806ffd12fc8ab4d69e8992377a877de36b8
    MD5 checksum: 131b7b7e8f57847c7be8374e11cda265
  • jempbox-1.8.6.jar 50KB, pre-built binary, [ PGP signature ]
    SHA1 checksum: 6a2727fe097641d0a65338068aa5d9ffbc0178cc
    MD5 checksum: 99c9f823b018bacae835311564498159
  • preflight-1.8.6.jar 291KB, pre-built binary, [ PGP signature ]
    SHA1 checksum: b49ff00cacf2163f8f3a392c3cb8d9434c6326e1
    MD5 checksum: 03aa046bf134a59b9fcd496e1f4c25cd
  • xmpbox-1.8.6.jar 112KB, pre-built binary, [ PGP signature ]
    SHA1 checksum: 367aa5c6ee32aed650f5c13e2c6287baf693c146
    MD5 checksum: a491ad8839e73bfb5f6f709e6c0376df

This is an incremental feature release based on the earlier 1.8.x releases.

See the release notes for more details.

Verify the integrity of the files

It is essential that you verify the integrity of the downloaded files using the PGP signatures or MD5 and SHA1 checksums. Please read Verifying Apache HTTP Server Releases for more information on why you should verify our releases.

The PGP signatures can be verified using PGP or GPG. First download the KEYS file as well as the .asc signature files for the relevant release packages. Make sure you get these files from the main distribution directory, rather than from a mirror. Then verify the signatures using

% pgpk -a KEYS
% pgpv


% pgp -ka KEYS
% pgp


% gpg --import KEYS
% gpg --verify

Alternatively, you can verify the MD5 or SHA1 checksums on the files. For checking the MD5 checksums, use the program called md5 or md5sum included in many Unix distributions. The similar program for SHA1 is called sha1sum. It is also available as part of the GNU core utilities. Windows users can get binary md5 programs from here, here, or here.

Get the latest source from version control

To fetch the latest source code from the trunk in the Subversion repository, just run the following command:

svn checkout

You can also browse the Subversion repository using ViewVC at

A read-only Git mirror of PDFBox is available at

Download old releases

Past Apache releases (starting with version 0.8.0-incubating) are available in the release archive at:

The old releases (up to version 0.7.3) published from SourceForge are still available. They can be downloaded from this location:

Export control information

This distribution includes cryptographic software. The country in which you currently reside may have restrictions on the import, possession, use, and/or re-export to another country, of encryption software. BEFORE using any encryption software, please check your country's laws, regulations and policies concerning the import, possession, or use, and re-export of encryption software, to see if this is permitted. See for more information.

The U.S. Government Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), has classified this software as Export Commodity Control Number (ECCN) 5D002.C.1, which includes information security software using or performing cryptographic functions with asymmetric algorithms. The form and manner of this Apache Software Foundation distribution makes it eligible for export under the License Exception ENC Technology Software Unrestricted (TSU) exception (see the BIS Export Administration Regulations, Section 740.13) for both object code and source code.

The following provides more details on the included cryptographic software:

Apache PDFBox uses the Java Cryptography Architecture (JCA) and the Bouncy Castle libraries for handling encryption in PDF documents.