Legal and Copyright

iText is a free/open source software (F/OSS) project, which lets you read through the full-code API to better assist you in creating a solution.
F/OSS does not mean that it is free of obligations, it just means that the code is freely available.

Source code header

Source code

If you look into the source code of iText, you'll see that most files contain a header referring to the AGPL. You should have received a copy of the GNU Affero General Public License along with this program; if not, visit the GNU license pages.

You must retain the producer line in every PDF that is created or manipulated using iText.

You can be released from the requirements of the license by purchasing a commercial license. Buying such a license is mandatory as soon as you develop commercial activities involving the iText software without disclosing the source code of your own applications. These activities include:

  • offering paid services to customers as an ASP,

  • serving PDFs on the fly in a web application,

  • shipping iText with a closed source product.

Dual-license business model

Depending on the needs of the customer, iText Software offers it's Software Products according to a unique dual-license business model: AGPL vs. commercial license.

Licencia comercial

Commercial Software license and maintenance agreements

Due to their nature, most companies cannot agree to an AGPL copyleft license. As soon as you want to remove the AGPL copyleft and use iText in a closed source, proprietary environment, you have to purchase an iText commercial license. This will license you under our software license and maintenance agreements:

iText offers four different commercial license models:

  1. unit-based,
  2. volume-based,
  3. OEM, and
  4. support & maintenance.

You can find a comparison and more details here.

AGPL license

iText AGPL License

This license is for developers who wish to share their entire application source code with the open-source community as free software under the AGPL “copyleft” terms. By following the rules of the Affero General Public License (AGPL), you may use iText at no cost. Otherwise, it is mandatory to purchase a commercial license to remove the copyleft restrictions.

The AGPL license comes with the following restrictions. The points below are not exhaustive, but merely the most important restrictions:

  1. You may not deploy it on a network without disclosing the full source code of your own applications under the AGPL license.
  2. You must distribute all source code, including your own product and web-based applications.
  3. You must disclose any modifications made to iText.
  4. You must prominently mention iText and include the iText copyright and AGPL license in output file metadata

  5. As a rule, iText strongly believes in open-source and community development and trusts customers not to abuse the AGPL license. However, we will also not hesitate to pursue organizations or people who break the AGPL agreement or damage our brand.

    You can read the full text of the AGPL license here.

Copyright & intellectual property


The copyright of the iText Software products is owned by Bruno Lowagie and others.

All the core developers of the iText ® project have transferred the Intellectual Property of their work to iText Group NV by signing a Contributor License Agreement.

You can read the full Copyright and Intellectual Property statement here.

Other legal resources


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