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.

Apache PDFBox 1.8.4

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

  • 9.3MB, source archive, [ PGP signature ]
    SHA1 checksum: 40ad44d5d7948fb0f4e5eeea038a0caf29488bce
    MD5 checksum: 950fc6832226bab0d6dc296e48ce7a36
  • pdfbox-app-1.8.4.jar 9.9MB, pre-built PDFBox standalone binary, [ PGP signature ]
    SHA1 checksum: 1820770802be71ab35af00e8152b3bd2883e6a47
    MD5 checksum: 9b63426eb725800a224098f003880382
  • preflight-app-1.8.4.jar 6.9MB, pre-built Preflight standalone binary, [ PGP signature ]
    SHA1 checksum: 940e09628951d4a107be256c8634e4657bc2bd39
    MD5 checksum: 20709fdae7a71d18c315a6e953dfac68
  • pdfbox-1.8.4.jar 4.0MB, pre-built binary, [ PGP signature ]
    SHA1 checksum: 4a329a6d27166a1905a5ec84e32b43d87aced874
    MD5 checksum: 3f53aa0308e86e7bcd0cf9ff2a73beb5
  • fontbox-1.8.4.jar 205KB, pre-built binary, [ PGP signature ]
    SHA1 checksum: 309d407439e059e1df94397968b63018164fe060
    MD5 checksum: aed3e1286812c79e3de43fa2b4799018
  • jempbox-1.8.4.jar 50KB, pre-built binary, [ PGP signature ]
    SHA1 checksum: dff1caf2a145958188aebfc111cbcbee5f8b4909
    MD5 checksum: 4c0e62b2d2f367f6451f80fc069fa8a0
  • preflight-1.8.4.jar 290KB, pre-built binary, [ PGP signature ]
    SHA1 checksum: 62d3be051ba9facef951282e23c6f57637bfc80f
    MD5 checksum: 769e0b6f3671add5b662ffb32709757d
  • xmpbox-1.8.4.jar 114KB, pre-built binary, [ PGP signature ]
    SHA1 checksum: d850d382e87f349f4f148c50e642122815595901
    MD5 checksum: faf591c9c28cd617a55b5353579a6efc

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 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.