pdfcpu is a simple PDF processing library written in Go supporting encryption. It provides both an API and a CLI. Supported are all versions up to PDF 1.7 (ISO-32000).

Programming language: Go
License: Apache License 2.0
Tags: Utilities     API     Parsing     Tools     CLI     I/O     PDF    
Latest version: v0.2.5

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pdfcpu is a PDF processing library written in Go supporting encryption. It provides both an API and a CLI. Supported are all versions up to PDF 1.7 (ISO-32000).


This is an effort to build a comprehensive PDF processing library from the ground up written in Go. Over time pdfcpu aims to support the standard range of PDF processing features and also any interesting use cases that may present themselves along the way.



The main focus lies on strong support for batch processing and scripting via a rich command line. At the same time pdfcpu wants to make it easy to integrate PDF processing into your Go based backend system by providing a robust command set.

Command Set


  • The main entry point is pdfcpu.io.
  • For CLI examples also go to pdfcpu.io. There you will find explanations of all the commands and their parameters.
  • For API examples of all pdfcpu operations please refer to GoDoc.



  • Always make sure your work is based on the latest commit!
  • pdfcpu is still Alpha - bugfixes are committed on the fly and will be mentioned on the next release notes.
  • Follow pdfcpu for news and release announcements.
  • For quick questions or discussions get in touch on the Gopher Slack: #pdfcpu

Demo Screencast

(using older version with a smaller command set)




Get the latest binary here.


Required go version for building: go1.12 and up

go get github.com/pdfcpu/pdfcpu/cmd/...
cd $GOPATH/src/github.com/pdfcpu/pdfcpu/cmd/pdfcpu
go install
pdfcpu version

Using Go Modules

git clone https://github.com/pdfcpu/pdfcpu
cd pdfcpu/cmd/pdfcpu
go install
pdfcpu ve


We transferred this repo to the pdfcpu organisation. All links to the previous repository location are automatically redirected to the new location. However, to avoid confusion, we strongly recommend updating any existing local clones to point to the new repository URL. You can do this by using git remote on the command line:

git remote set-url origin https://github.com/pdfcpu/pdfcpu



  • Please open an issue if you find a bug or want to propose a change.
  • Feature requests - always welcome!
  • Bug fixes - always welcome!
  • PRs - anytime!
  • pdfcpu is stable but still Alpha and occasionally undergoing heavy changes.


  • If you want to report a bug please attach the very verbose (pdfcpu cmd -vv ...) output and ideally a test PDF that you can share.
  • Always make sure your contribution is based on the latest commit.
  • Please sign your commits.


Thanks goes to these wonderful people: <!-- ALL-CONTRIBUTORS-LIST:START - Do not remove or modify this section --> |||||||| | :---: | :---: | :---: | :---: | :---: | :---: | :---: | | Horst Rutter |haldyr | Vyacheslav | Erik Unger | Richard Wilkes | minenok-tutu | Mateusz Burniak | | Dmitry Harnitski ||||||| <!-- ALL-CONTRIBUTORS-LIST:END - Do not remove or modify this section -->

Code of Conduct

Please note that this project is released with a Contributor [Code of Conduct](CODE_OF_CONDUCT.md). By participating in this project you agree to abide by its terms.


Usage of pdfcpu assumes you know about and respect all copyrights of any PDF content you may be processing. This applies to the PDF files as such, their content and in particular all embedded resources like font files or images. Credit goes to Renee French for creating our beloved Gopher.



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