PDFCreator is a free application for creating PDF files (and images as JPG, PNG, etc.) from any application. Licensed program is Free Software released under the GNU General Public License ( GPL). To be distinguished from PDFCreator are the paid programs similar name PDF Creator and Jaws PDF Creator and freeware programs PDF24 Creator and PDF Creator Pilot.

Features and options

During the installation of PDFCreator a new Windows printer driver is created. This can be created directly from any application PDF files that provides a print function. The sent to the alleged printer commands are used to create a PDF file. To generate the PDF files PDFCreator is based on the API of the integrated also free software on Ghostscript. Some document types, such as PostScript, JPEG and BMP, the software can also convert without having to use the print function in PDF files.

PDFCreator is localized for multiple languages ​​before. By default, contain at least one German and one English language file in the installer of the application; by additionally available translation files 26 additional languages ​​are used.

The program supports popular method of 128 -bit encryption from PDF documents. It can not only create PDF files from any document but also image files in several popular formats (JPEG, TIFF, PNG, PCX, BMP) as well as PostScript and Encapsulated PostScript files.

In addition, there is the possibility to combine different source files into a single PDF document by first prints this on the PDFCreator and then summarizing in the print queue to a document.

The development of version 0.9 has been strongly focused on the business customer sector out by the authors, a terminal server integration and connectivity server deployed in the network.

As of version 0.9.5 it is possible to PDF documents in the formats PDF / A ( 1b) and PDF / X ( X-3: 2002, X-3: 2003 and X-4 ) to create. This also PDF documents for long-term archiving and for prepress can be generated. Even the signing of PDF files is possible. The necessary parameters to be set via the preferences dialog. Creating PDF / A and PDF / X documents is further improved. In addition, the graphics formats JPEG and BMP now can be converted directly into PDF documents without having to print them first.

Since version 0.9.6 the signing of PDF files is possible.

0.9.7 creates smaller PDF / A documents and supports the beta version of Windows 7 supplied pdfforge library can now directly create PDF files from images and create PDFs in booklet format.

Printer profiles and several different printers are supported since version 0.9.9. Thus can be in addition to a PDF printer, a PDF / A printer or \ and a TIFF printer set up.

Individual levels of compression for embedded color and grayscale images to achieve the best balance of quality and file size, can be set since version 1.0.0.

AES encryption is integrated since version 1.1.0.

Internal links as they are often used, for example in tables of contents, PDFCreator is not supported. External links are, however, included in the PDF document.

By integrating Ghostscript size of the download for version 1.2.3 is around 18 MB.

Since version 1.3.0 PDFArchitect is included; a small tool for turning, insert and remove pages from PDF documents.

Since version 1.6.0 PDFArchitect is a separate program that can indeed be chosen in the set of PDFCreator, but then downloaded separately. Alternatively, you can also PDFArchitect even download and install separately. Next all functions of PDFArchitect are no longer freely available, but only some rudimentary features for free, everything else is chargeable.


PDFCreator runs under all Microsoft Windows operating systems from Windows 2000. Since version 0.9.6, Windows Vista is supported since version 0.9.7 Windows 7 Support for Windows 98 has been set with version 1.3.0.


Although the PDFCreator is an open- source program that is supplied with the installation regularly changing adware and already selected in the setup.