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PDFTron’s PDF Library ships with a simple to use API to bring accurate, reliable, and fast document reading, writing, editing, printing, and display capabilities to commercial applications.

PDFTron’s fully supported PDF SDK is trusted by thousands of innovative startups, governments, and Fortune 500 businesses (see customers ). PDFTron technology is built from the ground up and is not dependent on any external third-party open-source software.

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File type support

Web

Mobile

Desktop / server

PDF

FormatClient onlyWebViewer ServerCustom Server
PDF (1.x to 2.0)
PDF/A 1,2,3
XFDF
FDF

Office

Requires Office to PDF Conversion Add-on

FormatClient onlyWebViewer ServerCustom Server
DOC
DOCX
XLS
XLSX
PPT
PPTX
VSD
VSDX
PUBWindows + Office*

* Custom Server PUB are only supported via Office Interop (MS Office instance needs to be installed)

CAD

Requires CAD Conversion Add-on

FormatClient onlyWebViewer ServerCustom Server
DWG
DWF
DXF
DGN
RVT✓*✓*

* RVT is only supported on Windows

Image

FormatClient onlyWebViewer ServerCustom Server
SVG
BMP
WMF
EMF
GIF
JPG
JP2, JPC
PNG
TIF✓**
AAI✓*✓*
ARW✓*✓*
CR2✓*✓*
CRW✓*✓*
CUR, ICO✓*✓*
DCM✓*✓*
DCR✓*✓*
DDS✓*✓*
HEIC, HEIF✓*✓*
MRW✓*✓*
NEF✓*✓*
ORF✓*✓*
PICT✓*✓*
PFM✓*✓*
PSB, PSD✓*✓*
RAF✓*✓*

* Using the PDFTron Advanced imaging module
** See here for how to view tiff files on the client side

Video

FormatClient onlyWebViewer ServerCustom Server
MP4
OGG
WEBM

* Video formats are supported via separate WebViewer Video build

Audio

FormatClient onlyWebViewer ServerCustom Server
MP3
WAV
OGG
FLAC

* Audio formats are supported via separate WebViewer Audio build

Other

Requires Convert Add-on

FormatClient onlyWebViewer ServerCustom Server
RTFWindows Only
ODT
ODS
ODP
HTML
MSGWindows + Office*
EML
TXT
XPS
XOD**
XAMLUsing .NET

* Custom Server MSG are only supported via Outlook Interop (MS Outlook instance needs to be installed)

* You can find the sample for EML to PDF conversion and attachment conversion on our GitHub.

** XOD is available on all platforms but viewing encrypted XOD is only supported for Web

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