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[[Portability|portable]] set of libraries and programs to manage the PDF file format, and associated technologies.
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Revision as of 10:36, 22 April 2008

A GNU package
High-priority project

The goal of the GNU PDF project is to develop and provide a free, high-quality, complete and portable set of libraries and programs to manage the PDF file format, and associated technologies.

GNU PDF Library


From the Statement of Purpose:

The GNU PDF Library provides functions to read and write PDF documents conforming to the PDF 1.7 specification. This includes visualization (retrieving of bitmaps with rasterized page contents) and interactive features such as annotations and interactive forms. The library also support the generation of specific subsets of PDF conforming to the ISO standards PDF/A, PDF/X and ISO 32000.

Right now the library is under heavy development and we have not released a version yet. Please see the development pages for more information.

If you are interested in the actual status of the development you can take a look to the Roadmap. If you are a programmer please consider to collaborate in the development. We are also looking for monetary resources that would allow us to hire developers and thus be able to complete the requirements of the project as soon as possible.

GNU Juggler


The code-named GNU Juggler will be a full-fledged PDF viewer and editor making use of the GNU PDF Library.

Right now we are busy in the development of the library and the GNU Juggler is not even started.

  • 2008-09-13: New development blog
    We have opened a development blog in The entries of the blog are aggregated in the new Planet GNU site:
  • 2008-07-16: GNU PDF switched to GNU Bazaar
    The GNU PDF Project is now using GNU Bazaar as its version control system, replacing CVS. You can find the published branches in Savannah:
  • 2008-05-19: New quality report: API Consistency
    There is a new automatic report available in the web: the API Consistency Report. This report contain the relation of documented functions and the relation of implemented functions. Ideally all documented functions should be implemented.
  • 2008-04-18: New logo design by Antonio Becerro
    Antonio Becerro (a graphics GNU hacker also known as littledog) has designed a really nice logotype for the project. The new logo is already in the project webpage and looks really nice. He is now working in more GNU PDF related artwork such as icons. Many thanks Antonio!
  • 2008-04-16: New #pdf IRC channel in freenode
    We have created the #pdf IRC channel in the freenode network.
  • 2008-03-04: New flyspray installation for tasks management
    We have installed a flyspray in in order to ease the management of the development tasks. The flyspray installation is in
  • 2007-12-06: New webpage style now uses a mediawiki skin adapted from the skin created by Paul Yanchun Gu.
  • 2007-12-05: ISO Ballot for PDF 1.7 Passed
    The proposed ISO 32000 standard successfully passed this critical ballot. The release of the standard is now secured. Read more about this in the Inside PDF blog.
  • 2007-12-04: FSF accepting donations for GNU PDF
    Visit the GNU PDF directed donations page in the FSF website and make your donation today.
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