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Adobe PDF IFilter v6.0

IMPORTANT NOTE: Starting with Acrobat and Reader 7.0.5, iFilter functionality is now bundled within the Acrobat and Reader products. Improvements to iFilter in Acrobat and Reader 8 include support for Vista and Windows Desktop Search, as well as improved performance and stability. It is recommended that you update your copy of Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader in order to get the most current iFilter functionality, rather than download and install the stand-alone iFilter plug-in.

Adobe® PDF IFilter is designed for technically savvy users or administrators who wish to index Adobe PDF documents with Microsoft indexing clients. This allows the user to easily search for text within Adobe PDF documents.

Key benefits:
• Integrates with existing operating systems and tools within your company
• Provides an easy solution to search within Adobe PDF documents located on your computer, your company network, and your company intranet
• Greatly increases your ability to accurately locate information

Adobe PDF IFilter 6.0 is an update to Adobe PDF IFilter 5.0 and includes the following improvements:
• Support for all versions of PDF files including those created with Adobe Acrobat® 6.0 (PDF 1.5)
• Support for additional operating systems (see system requirements)

IFilter is a Microsoft specification for filtering text. Further information can be found on the Microsoft Web site.



Adobe PDF IFilter is a free downloadable Dynamic Link Library (DLL) file that provides a bridge between a Microsoft indexing client and a library of Adobe PDF files. It consists of code that understands the Adobe Portable Document Format as well as code that can interface with the indexing client. When an indexing client needs to index content from PDF files, it will look in its registry for an appropriate DLL and will find the Adobe PDF IFilter. Adobe PDF IFilter will return text to the indexing client. The indexing client will then index the results and return the appropriate results to the user.

For all known issues, please reference the ReadMe file, which is included with the Adobe PDF IFilter download.

File Information

Product Acrobat
Version All
Platform Windows
File Name ifilter60.exe
File Size 9.7MB
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System requirements

PDF IFilter 6.0 requires one of the following environments:
• Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Professional with Service Pack 2
• Microsoft Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1
• Microsoft Windows 2000 Server with Service Pack 3
• Microsoft Windows 2003 Server
Each of these environments must also contain Microsoft Indexing Services.

In addition, PDF IFilter 6.0 has been tested in the following environments:
• Microsoft Windows 2000 Server (Service Pack 3) with Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2001
• Microsoft Windows 2003 Server with Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003

Installation Instructions

After downloading a ".exe" file in Windows, double-click on the ".exe" file to access the file's contents.

Need help with downloading? See our Downloading Help documents.

1. Download PDF IFilter.
2. Stop all appropriate clients.
3. Uninstall any previous version of Adobe PDF IFilter.
4. Double-click the downloaded file and follow the on-screen instructions.
5. After the installation completes, start all appropriate clients.
6. (SharePoint only) Add PDF as a file type to be included in the content index.
7. Re-index your system with the appropriate clients.

Detailed installation instructions are in the ReadMe file, which is included with the Adobe PDF IFilter download.

Additional notes

Language notice:
Adobe PDF IFilter has no user interface and therefore is language-agnostic. It is tested and supported in Tier 1 languages (English, French, German, and Japanese), utilizing operating systems in the above languages and text within Adobe PDF files in the above languages. However, it has also undergone additional limited testing utilizing Adobe PDF documents in all Acrobat languages and has correctly returned text to Microsoft Indexing Services. Since Adobe PDF IFilter is based on the Microsoft indexing client, it is this indexing client that is responsible for interpreting the returned text and then presenting the information to the user.

License agreement

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