SharePoint Tip of the Day – Reminder on how to install Adobe PDF IFilter in SharePoint 2010

There are an outstanding amount of walkthroughs on the web to do it but some are missing some steps or overcomplicating the task. Here’s thus the recipe I give when I deliver projects requiring pdf content results.

  1. Install PDF iFilter 9.0 (64 bit) from
  2. Download PDF icon picture from Adobe web site or used the one attached


    (the one from adobe is not clean IMHO) and copy to C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft SharedWeb Server Extensions14TEMPLATEIMAGES 

  3. Add the following entry in C:Program FilesCommon FilesMicrosoft SharedWeb Server Extensions14TEMPLATEXMLdocIcon.xml <Mapping Key=”pdf” Value=”pdf.gif” />
  4. Add a pdf file type on the File Type page under Search Service Application
  5. Open regedit and navigate to the following location HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftOffice Server14.0SearchSetupContentIndexCommonFiltersExtension. Right-click > Click New > Key to create a new key for .pdf and add the following GUID in the default value {E8978DA6-047F-4E3D-9C78-CDBE46041603}
  6. KB article ask to restart the SharePoint Server Search 14 service and to reboot the SharePoint servers in the farm better not skip that part (and schedule it wisely in production).
  7. Perform a full crawl on all your content sources to get the pdf within your results.

If price is not an issue (hmmm…), you should consider the Foxit IFilter, which offers much better performance (by lowering the time for the crawls). In the meantime, the adobe way is working and fully supported.

Happy configuring

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