How to find out when a PDF was created.

Access PDF metadata to find out the date and time a document was made.

A PDF stores all kinds of information about the document itself, also known as metadata. Metadata includes information such as who authored the document, file size, and more. If you want to know how to find out when a PDF was created, all you need to do is use the tips below to access the document’s metadata.

View document properties.

To find out when a PDF was created, you’ll need to locate the document’s properties with these steps:

  1. Open the PDF in Acrobat
  2. Choose File
  3. Select Properties
  4. Click the Description tab
  5. Find the creation date and time near the title and author

If you don’t have Acrobat, you can try to access PDF details from your desktop. Right-click the PDF and check for an option to get more information, display metadata, or view properties.

Ask the document author.

If you can’t find the creation date and time, or if the field is blank, there’s a chance the PDF’s author removed all metadata from the document. Alternatively, if a PDF’s creation date seems off, keep in mind that authors can edit metadata and choose any date they want.

If you happen to know the PDF’s author, try to contact them and ask when it was created to get a definitive answer. Discover what more you can do with Acrobat to find, set up, extract pages from PDF files, rotate PDFs, and edit PDF properties.