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.

Getting Help

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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.