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Installing 64 bit Adobe PDF iFilter 9.0 for SharePoint!

I recently had some issues with installing the PDF iFilter 9.0 (which supports 64 bit) on a Windows Server 2008 R2 box hosting a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) 2007 Farm. The requirement was to allow SharePoint to Index the content inside the PDF Files. So, here are few pointers.

The steps highlighted in red are very important, if you don’t follow them you will end up with the following message in your crawl log.

The filtering process could not process this item. This might be because you do not have the latest file filter for this type of item. Install the corresponding filter and retry your crawl
1. Download the Adobe PDF iFilter 9.0 64 bit from here

2. Unzip the file and copy the executable to your Indexing Server.

3. Logon to your Indexing Server and Run the executable to install the PDF iFilter 9.0. You need to install the PDF iFilter only on the server performing Indexing.

4. After completing the installation, it is recommended to add Adobe PDF iFilter BIN to the path variable under environment variables. To do this, go to your computer properties and click on “Advanced System Settings”

Click on Environment Variables, Select the Path Variable and click edit.

Add the following address path to the variable value

C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe PDF iFilter for 64 bit platforms\bin

5. Add PDF as a file type in the SSP Admin site.

Alternatively, you can add a registy entry for this. Open up REGEDIT and scroll down to

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office Server\12.0\Search\Applications\GUID\Gather\Portal_Content\Extensions\ExtensionList

Add String Value  with 38 (or the highest number) as the name and PDF as the value.

If you have already added the file type for PDF in the SSP ADMIN site, it would appear in the list already. You don’t need to add a registry entry.

6. Check and Modify the following registry key “THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP”

Open REGEDIT and scroll down to the following registry key

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office server\12.0\Search\Setup\ContentIndexCommon\Filters\Extension\.pdf

If the value of the default key is {4C904448-74A9-11D0-AF6E-00C04FD8DC02}, you need to change the value to {E8978DA6-047F-4E3D-9C78-CDBE46041603}.

Also make sure the key type is “REG_MULTI_SZ” not “REG_SZ”

7. On All SharePoint Servers serving sites or hosting the Web Application Role, do the following

Download the PDF Icon from here

Copy the Icon as pdficon.gif to the images folder by navigating to “System Folder\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\TEMPLATE\IMAGES” ,

Make an entry in DOCICON.XML, you can do this by navigating to “System Folder\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\TEMPLATE\XML”,

Edit the DOCICON.XML and add the following entry,

<mapping Key=”pdf” Value=”pdficon.gif”/>

Do not forget the closing slash “/”


8. Restart Office Search Service from Common Prompt



9. Start a full crawl and you should be able to Search Inside PDF’s now.

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  1. February 5, 2010 at 2:42 pm

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