iText 5

If you are still using iText 5, or if you would like to learn more about stand-alone products that use iText 5 as their main engine, you have come to the right place.

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iText 5 Suite

Core capabilities

Launched in December 2009 to supersede iText 2, it is an open-source PDF tool that represented a giant leap in programmable PDF technology and fuelled the growth of iText Software as a company.

Advantages of the iText 5 core library

  • Open Source.
  • Versatile library with comprehensive support for PDF functionality.
  • High-level API for convenient document creation and manipulation.
  • Low-level API for flexible and advanced PDF development.

Limited support and bug fixes

Until December 31, 2017 we can still deliver iText 5 licenses to customers who cannot yet migrate to iText 7. In addition, we will continue to support and provide bug fixes for iText 5 until 2018.

Other applications

iText 5 also forms the core of XML Worker, which lets you convert XML to PDF, as well as iText RUPS, a tool that lets you visualize your PDF documents' syntax and content streams.

Better version available: iText 7

Please note that since the introduction of iText 7, we recommend customers to use iText 7 for new projects, and to consider moving existing projects from iText 5 to iText 7 to benefit from the many improvements in the latest release.

iText 5 Core

iText 5 Suite includes

iText 5 Create PDF files

iText 5 Core

The core library that allows you to create, process and edit PDF documents.



iText 5 Core sign forms and PDF files

iText 5 PDF/A

An add-on for PDF/A documents (including ZUGFeRD invoices).



iText 5 Core adapt PDF files

iText 5 Xtra

An add-on with extra features such as OCG removal, redaction, rich media and geospatial functionalities.



iText 5 XML Worker

iText 5 XML Worker

An add-on that allows you to convert simple HTML and CSS to PDF.



iText 5 RUPS

iText 5 RUPS

A tool for inspecting and updating PDF syntax.



iText 5 XFA Worker

iText 5 XFA Worker

An iText 5 add-on, that lets you program dynamic PDFs as well as convert them into static, protected PDF files for security reasons.




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Have you already considered iText 7?

While iText 5 already gained fame as one of the world's most widely used and documented SDKs for adding rich PDF functionalities to applications, iText 7 has upped the ante. It offers the following advantages over iText 5:

  • Superior performance: the perfect technology for high-volume document projects.
  • Easier PDF program creation and editing through a greatly improved document model, lay-out engine, and APIs.
  • Future-ready technology with support for PDF 2.0.
  • Extendibility for value-added capabilities such as content removal, real-time debugging, advanced typography, e-invoicing, etc.