Product overview

iText 5

iText 5 Core is iText 7’s predecessor. This product has been EOL, and is no longer developed. For the latest development, please check out iText 7.


iText 5 Core

iText 5 Core was superseded by iText 7. If you haven’t made the switch to iText 7 yet or if you would like to learn more about stand-alone products that use iText 5 as their main engine, please continue reading.
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Why use iText 5 Core?

Please note that since the introduction of iText 7, we recommend that customers 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.

Dynamically generated or manipulated PDF documents

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Generate documents and reports based on data from an XML file or a database, fill out interactive forms and service dynamically generated or manipulated PDF documents to a web browser.

Manipulate existing, splitting and merging PDF files

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Create maps and books, exploit numerous interactive features, add bookmarks, page numbers, watermarks and more to existing PDF files and spilt or merge pages. 

Meeting standards

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  • PDF/A
  • PDF/UA
  • PDF 2.0 (not all functionalities)

Discover iText 5

Our software toolkit offers you one of the best-documented and most versatile PDF engines in the world (written in Java and .NET), which allows you to not only integrate PDF functionalities into your workflow, but also in your applications, processes or products. With the release of the iText 7 Suite, you can even optimize invoicing, ensuring long-term archiving and take care of compliance issues through its PDF SDK.

XFA Worker

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Program dynamic PDFs, used with iText 5 Core (EOL product). Use pdfXFA for iText 7 as the next generation.
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XML Worker

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Convert XHTML content to PDF, used with iText 5 (an EOL product). Use pdfHTML for iText 7, the latest HTML to PDF conversion tool.
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Key features

Core Capabilities of iText 5 Core

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

Advantages of the iText 5 Core library

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This versatile library with comprehensive support for PDF functionality. High-level APIs allow for convenient document creation and manipulation. The low-level APIs make flexible and PDF development possible.

Other applications

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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.

Limited support and bug fixes

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iText 5 has been EOL. This means that bug fixes and support still exist, but new development is happening on the next generation: iText 7.

Better version available: iText 7

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Please note that since the introduction of iText 7, we recommend that customers 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.

Happy customers

With iText we have the peace of mind that we are delivering a solid solution to our client.

We chose the iText library because it was the only solution that allowed easy integration into our open standards architecture.

iText is a breeze! Using a proven and tested PDF technology helped us to focus on what we do best — building a high quality mobile app.


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