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Forensic tools for PDF

A new members-only resource supports forensic experts tasks with examination of PDF files.
About the author: The PDF Association staff delivers a vendor-neutral platform for PDF’s stakeholders, facilitating the development of open specifications and ISO standards for PDF technology. The staff are located in Germany, the … Read more

Initially conceived as a service to members of the PDF Forensics LWG, the PDF Association has published a members-only technical resource listing tools that offer PDF-aware forensic capabilities. This page is accessible via the Member | Feature support menu, where lists of other products and services may also be found..

PDF forensic tools provide a wide variety of insight into PDF files relevant to document examiners, cyber-security researchers, technical PDF software developers, and others who need to understand the intricacies of binary PDF files. 

The initial listing was compiled by Peter Wyatt and reviewed by the PDF Forensics LWG. The page provides a means by which members may request updates, or add a new tool.

The 2nd table lists free and open source tools by non-members. They are included because they provide useful PDF-aware forensic tooling capabilities. Commercial tools by non-members will not be listed.

Please note that:

  • Claims regarding the software have not been vetted by the PDF Association.
  • Vendors own their respective copyrights wherever they are mentioned.
  • The information may be incomplete or outdated.
  • Readers are responsible for independently verifying any and all information including licensing and suitability for purpose.
  • Any mention of companies or products does not imply endorsement or support of any of the mentioned information, services, products, or providers.

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