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Step by Step How to install and configure Adobe PDF iFilter

An IFilter is actually a plugin that permits Microsoft’s search engines into index various file formats (as documents, email attachments or database records and audio metadata, etc.) in order to make them searchable. If you don’t have an appropriate IFilter, the contents of a file cannot be analyzed and indexed by the search engine. For the extraction of full-text and metadata used for search engines, IFilter acts as a plug-in. It can be obtained as a standalone package or complied on certain software; for example, Adobe Reader, LibreOffice, Microsoft Office and OpenOffice.

Adobe PDF iFilter allows your index Adobe PDF documents in Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010.

The following article defines the installation and configuration of Adobe PDF iFilter.

Installation and configuration of Adobe PDF iFilter 9 in the SharePoint Server 2010 as well as SharePoint Foundation 2010 take place using follow these steps:

  1. Install Windows Server and SharePoint and follow the tasks mentioned below:
    • Install Windows Server 2008.
    • Install the SharePoint prerequisites. Prior to this run the Microsoft SharePoint Products Preparation tool.
    • Install SharePoint 2010.
    • Start the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard.
    • Configure a server farm topology. For example, configure a Single Server Farm.
    • Create and configure a new Search Service application.
  2. Download and install Adobe PDF iFilter 9.
  3. Download the file icon for Adobe PDF.

Save the Adobe PDF file icon to the following file location:

\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\TEMPLATE\IMAGES\

  1. Add the mapping entry to the docIcon.xml file. and follow these steps:
    1. Open the docIcon.xml file in Notepad.The docIcon.xml file is located in the \Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\TEMPLATE\XML folder.
    2. Type the entry mentioned below in the docIcon.xml file:<Mapping Key=”pdf” Value=”pdf16.gif” />
    3. Click Save and exit Notepad.
  • Add the .pdf file type to the SharePoint content index:
  1. Browse to Central Administration, Application Management, and then Manage Service Applications.
  2. Highlight Search Service Application, and click Manageon the ribbon.
  3. On the search administration page, click File Types.
  4. Click New File Type, type pdf, and then click
  • Click Start, type regedit in the Search programs and files box, and then press Enter.
  • Locate the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office Server\14.0\Search\Setup\ContentIndexCommon\Filters\Extension

  • Right-click Extension, clicks New, and then clicksKey.
  • Type .pdf, and then press Enter.
  • Click .pdf, right-click (Default), and then click Modify.
  • Type the following GUID in the Value data box:{E8978DA6-047F-4E3D-9C78-CDBE46041603}
  • Exit the Registry Editor.
  • Restart the SharePoint Search Service.
  • Finally, restart all the SharePoint servers in the server farm.

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