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Free PDF Viewers, Utilities and Libraries

Attention: Please note, that the definition of "free" differs from company to company. Most of the following software is open-source software (you get the source code as well), some of it isn't. Most is released under GPL with severe limits of re-distribution (you can use the software, as long as any derivative work is also release under GPL). In general, using the software in your own projects is typically bound to accepting some license agreement. Please refer to the license agreement instead of making assumptions.

Other resources

PDF specification and some literature

Free PDF Viewers

Free PDF Tools and Converters

Free PDF printers

Free Tools with native PDF export

Free PDF libraries (for developers)

Name Link C C++ C# Java J# Perl PHP Python Tcl
PDFlib lite (simple version of the commercial one) http://www.pdflib.com/products/pdflib/download-source.html X X - X - X X X X
ClibPDF http://www.fastio.com/ X - - - - -   - -
libpdf (very alpha!) http://www.cs.nmsu.edu/~pfeiffer/index_old.html#linux X - - - - - - - -
xpdf (quite advanced, good viewer, nice tools) http://www.foolabs.com/xpdf/ - X - - - - - - -
panda lib http://www.stillhq.com/ - X - - - - - - -
DirectPDF - COM component (free, but not open source) http://directpdf.free.fr - X - - - - - - -
libpdf++ (very alpha) http://libpdfxx.sourceforge.net/ - X - - - - - - -
iTextSharp (.NET) (based on old version of iText) http://itextsharp.sourceforge.net/ - - X - - - - - -
iText.NET (newer, try this before iTextSharp) http://itextdotnet.sourceforge.net - - X - X - - - -
iText (very good, many features) http://www.lowagie.com/iText/ - - - X - - - - -
pj and pjx http://pjx.sourceforge.net/
http://www.etymon.com/epub.html
- - - X - - - - -
pdfbox http://sourceforge.net/projects/pdfbox/
http://www.pdfbox.org/
- - - X - - - - -
Multivalent (tools are not OS, lib is) http://multivalent.sourceforge.net/ - - - X - - - - -
jPedal (good parsing and importing) http://www.jpedal.org/ - - - X - - - - -
PDF::API2 and PDF::MAKI (Perl) http://pdfapi2.sourceforge.net/ - - - - - X - - -
CPAN search for pdf http://search.cpan.org/search?query=pdf&mode=all - -- - - - X - - -
ClibPDF PHP binding http://www.php.net/manual/ref.cpdf.php3 - - - - - - X - -
fpdf http://www.fpdf.org/ - - - - - - X - -
R&OS pdf class http://www.ros.co.nz/pdf/ - - - - - - X - -
pdf4php (PHP) - http://www.gnuvox.com/pdf4php/ - - - - - - X - -
phppdflib http://www.potentialtech.com/ppl.php - - - - - - X - -
ReportLab Toolkit http://www.reportlab.org/rl_toolkit.html - - - - - - - X -
pdf4tcl (alpha) http://truckle.in-chemnitz.de/pdf4tcl/pdf4tcl.html - - - - - - - - X
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OT: Python parser generators (useful to parse PDF content)

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