Apache PDFBox - A Java PDF Library

The Apache PDFBox™ library is an open source Java tool for working with PDF documents. This project allows creation of new PDF documents, manipulation of existing documents and the ability to extract content from documents. Apache PDFBox also includes several command line utilities. Apache PDFBox is published under the Apache License v2.0.

Apache PDFBox 2.0.0 RC2 released

The Apache PDFBox community is pleased to announce the release of Apache PDFBox version 2.0.0 RC2. The release is available for download at:


The numerous feedback on our first release candidate helps us to fix a lot of issues. We'd like to thank everybody who helps us to get a step foward. Please have a look at the new release candidate as well, so that the next release hopefully could be the final one.

See the full release notes for details about this release.

Getting Help

To get help on using PDFBox, please Subscribe to the Users Mailing List and post your questions there. We're happy to help.

The project is a volunteer effort and we're always looking for interested people to help us improve PDFBox. There are a multitude of ways that you can help us depending on your skills. Subscribe to the Mailing Lists and find out how you can help.


Extract Text

Extract Unicode text from PDF files.

Split & Merge

Split a single PDF into many files or merge multiple PDF files.

Fill Forms

Extract data from PDF forms or fill a PDF form.


Validate PDF files against the PDF/A-1b standard.


Print a PDF file using the standard Java printing API.

Save as Image

Save PDFs as image files, such as PNG or JPEG.

Create PDFs

Create a PDF from scratch, with embedded fonts and images.


Digitally sign PDF files.


Apache PDFBox 2.0.0 RC1 released

With the initial discussions starting 3 years ago PDFBox 2.0.0 is in the works for quite some time now - and we are in the final stages! To give you the opportunity to provide feedback a PDFBox 2.0.0-RC1 Release Candidate is now available.

The Migration Guide shall give users coming from PDFBox 1.8 or earlier an overview about things to look at when switching over. More details to come.