Open Source AGPL license

By following the rules of the Affero General Public License (AGPL), you may use iText 7 Community and a handful of add-ons at no cost.


Why use the AGPL license?

iText 7 Community is a PDF library where free/open source software (F/OSS) allows you to read through the full-code API.

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Freely available code

F/OSS does not mean that use of the software is free of obligations; it simply means that the code is freely available.

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By following the rules of the Affero General Public License (AGPL), you may use iText at no cost. 

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Need a commercial license? No problem.

If you want to commercialize your F/OSS project, it is mandatory to purchase a commercial license to remove the copyleft restrictions. As of that moment, you are allowed to sell or use your application closed-source.

Most important restrictions

How to use the AGPL license correctly?

The AGPL license comes with a couple of restrictions you should be well aware of.

Disclose and distribute all source code, including your own

You may not deploy it on a network without disclosing the full source code of your own applications under the AGPL license. You must distribute all source code, including your own product and web-based applications.

Only allowed in AGPL environments

It’s a legal violation to use iText Community and our open source add-ons in a non-AGPL environment.

Modifications made to the source code

You must disclose any modifications made to iText.

Producer line and copyright

When using iText 7 Community under AGPL, you must prominently mention iText and include the iText copyright and AGPL license in output file metadata, and also retain the producer line in every PDF that is created or manipulated using iText.


Community Support

Next to our internal support team, we have a very active community of developers that voluntarily post answers on forums like StackOverflow, Quora, Reddit, and more. 

Note that there is no guaranteed response-time on any posted questions on these channels nor is there any guarantee that the responses will be accurate or come from an iText developer. So please take this into consideration and show the greatest respect towards this wonderful group of volunteers and contributors.

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How do I ... ?

Search Stack Overflow’s iText or iText 7 topics first, because somebody else may have already asked the same question. If you can’t find an answer that way, post a new query and tag it with ‘itext’ or ‘itext7’.

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Why did I get this error?

Why isn’t my code behaving like it’s supposed to? Post your minimal, complete and verifiable example on Stack Overflow and tag it with ‘itext’ or ‘itext7’.

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I have an idea/request/bugfix and I wrote some code for it that I’d like to share.

Nice! Submit your patch on GitHub’s iText or iText 7 pull request pages. Also, read our Contribution Guide.


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