Apache PDFBox

Apache PDFBox is an open source pure-Java library that can be used to create, render, print, split, merge, alter, verify and extract text and meta-data of PDF files.

PDFBox
Developer(s)Apache Software Foundation
Stable release
1.8.x1.8.16 / 1 October 2018 (2018-10-01)
2.0.x2.0.16 / 24 June 2019 (2019-06-24)
RepositoryPDFBox Repository (Mirror)
Written inJava
Operating systemCross-platform
TypePortable Document Format (PDF)
LicenseApache License 2.0
Websitehttps://pdfbox.apache.org

Open Hub reports over 11,000 commits (since the start as an Apache project) by 18 contributors representing more than 140,000 lines of code. PDFBox has a well established, mature codebase maintained by an average size development team with increasing year-over-year commits. Using the COCOMO model, it took an estimated 46 person-years of effort.[1]

Structure

Apache PDFBox has these components:

  • PDFBox: the main part
  • FontBox: handles font information
  • XmpBox: handles XMP metadata
  • Preflight (optional): checks PDF files for PDF/A-1b conformity.

History

PDFBox was started in 2002 in SourceForge by Ben Litchfield who wanted to be able to extract text of PDF files for Lucene.[2] It became an Apache Incubator project in 2008, and an Apache top level project in 2009.[3]

Preflight was originally named PaDaF and developed by Atos worldline, and donated to the project in 2011.[4]

In February 2015, Apache PDFBox was named an Open Source Partner Organization of the PDF Association.[5]

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References

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