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Poppler (software)

Initial release March 4, 2005 (2005-03-04)[nb 1]
Stable release 0.28.1 / November 4, 2014 (2014-11-04)[2]
Preview release 0.25.1 / January 2, 2014 (2014-01-02)[2]
Written in C++
Operating system Linux, Unix, BSD, Windows
Type Library
License GPLv2 or GPLv3

Poppler is a

  • Official website
  • Qt Quarterly: Poppler: Displaying PDF Files with Qt
  • Poppler utils installer for windows.

External links

  • Albert Astals Cid (29 August 2005) The Poppler Library, presentation at the 2005 KDE conference
  1. ^ "Poppler Releases". Retrieved 2013-12-30. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Poppler Homepage". Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  3. ^ a b "GNU PDF project leaves FSF High Priority Projects list; mission complete!". October 6, 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  4. ^ a b "Poppler README file". Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  5. ^ a b Bug 18935 - Form data is not saved for PDF files using XFA forms, will show old values when opened in acroread / Adobe Reader, 2008-12-07 
  6. ^ PDF v1.7 asks to upgrade Adobe Reader, 2009-01-27 
  7. ^ a b c "Poppler Wiki. Information about Poppler". Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ Re: [poppler] Qt4 Arthur
  10. ^ giddie/poppler-qt4-cairo-backend · GitHub
  11. ^ Bug 25240 – Cairo backend for Qt4 wrapper
  12. ^ "Searching PDF Files With grep". Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  13. ^ "Poppler PDF library learns Javascript". September 12, 2008. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 


  1. ^ This file-modification date appears on the version 0.1.1 tarball, the "first real release", according to Poppler's release history.[1]


See also

Poppler partially supports interactive documents using JavaScript,[13] annotations, and Acroforms. It does not support rendering of full XFA forms.[5]

pdftotext file.pdf - | grep string


Poppler comes with a text-rendering back-end as well, which can be invoked from the command line utility pdftotext. It is useful for searching for strings in PDFs from the command line, using the utility grep, for instance.[12]

Some characteristics of the back-ends include:

Poppler can use two back-ends for drawing PDF documents, Cairo and Splash. Its features may depend on which back-end it employs. A third back-end based on Qt4's painting framework "Arthur", is available, but is incomplete and no longer under active development.[9] Bindings exist for Glib, Qt3, and Qt4, that provide interfaces to the Poppler backends, although the Qt3 and Qt4 bindings support only the Splash backend. There is a patchset available to add support for the Cairo backend to the Qt4 bindings,[10] but the Poppler project does not currently wish to integrate the feature into the library proper.[11]


Application GUI widgets
Evince GTK+
LibreOffice 4.2 GTK+[8]
Inkscape GTK+
Okular Qt
pdftotext, pdftohtml, etc. none
TeXworks Qt
TeXstudio Qt
Xournal GTK+

Numerous free software applications use Poppler to render PDF documents.[7]



  • Applications 1
  • Features 2
  • See also 3
  • Notes 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

The name Poppler comes from the animated series Futurama episode The Problem with Popplers.[2]

Poppler is a fork of Xpdf-3.0, a PDF file viewer developed by Derek Noonburg of Glyph and Cog, LLC.[4][2]

As of the version 0.18 release in 2011, the poppler library represents a complete implementation of ISO 32000-1, the PDF format standard, and is the first major free PDF library to support its forms (only Acroforms but not full XFA forms[5][6]) and annotations features.[3]

The project was started by Kristian Høgsberg with two goals:[4] to provide PDF rendering functionality as a shared library for centralizing maintenance effort, and to go beyond the goals of Xpdf, and integrate with functionality provided by modern operating systems.

. desktop environments KDE and GNOME open source and is used by the PDF viewers of the [3]

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