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Go & Linux PDF library integration

This guide will help you run PDFTron samples and integrate the PDFTron SDK into Go applications on Linux. Your free trial includes unlimited trial usage and support from solution engineers.


Ubuntu limitations
For Ubuntu 14.0.x, only Go version 1.15 will work. Go 1.16 and up is not compatible for other versions of Ubuntu.
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Initial setup

  1. Run our Linux Go installer script located on github:
source <(curl -s
  1. Get your PDFTron trial key.

If your OS or Go version is not supported, the installation will fail.

Run the samples

  1. Open a command line console
  2. Change the directory to the samples folder
  3. Run all samples:
cd $HOME/go/src/pdftron/Samples

You can also enter any individual sample folder to run them separately. For example, here's how to run the AddImageTest sample:

cd $HOME/go/src/pdftron/Samples/AddImageTest/GO

The tests will run one by one. Output files will be in /Samples/TestFiles/Output.

Integrate into your application

This section will show you how to use our SDK to create a simple PDFTron "Hello World!" application. It will create a document with one blank page and save it as a linearized PDF in its running directory.

  1. Navigate into your /Samples directory and make a new directory called myApp (if it does not exist already). This guide will assume your application is named myApp. For organization, create a new directory inside myApp called GO.

  2. Navigate inside that GO directory and create a new GO file called myApp.go. Open it with your favorite text editor and paste this into it:

//@data {"ga":3214713714}// package main import ( "fmt" . "pdftron" )

func main(){
    PDFNetInitialize()           // PDFNet must be initialized before accessing any PDFTron API
    doc := NewPDFDoc()
    page := doc.PageCreate()     // Start a new page
    doc.PagePushBack(page)       // Add the page to document
    doc.Save("output.pdf", uint(SDFDocE_linearized)); // Save the document as a linearized PDF

Run your application by executing `go run myApp.go`. Make sure that your interpreter can find the PDFNetC library. If all goes well, your console should output:


//@data {"ga":2345242201}// PDFNet is running in demo mode. Permission: write Hello World! ```

Check the output.pdf that the program output in the same directory. It should be a PDF with one blank page.

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