Earlier releases

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. 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. However, 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.

iText 5

iText 5 is still supported by a vast wealth of documentation on the website as well as StackOverflow. 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. Through our developers portal and our support page, look for links, books, FAQs and code samples that are marked 'iText 5'.

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 your visualize your PDF documents' syntax and content streams. iText 2, the original that started iText's journey, is no longer supported.

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.

  • Extendability for value-added capabilities such as content removal, real-time debugging, advanced typography and e-invoicing.

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