PDF iFilter and 64 bit platforms: Crawling PDFs in SharePoint 2010

Steps to Configure Adobe iFilter based on steps mentioned below (From Technet):


  1. Install PDF iFilter 9.0 (64 bit) from http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=4025
  2. Download PDF icon picture from Adobe web site http://www.adobe.com/misc/linking.html and copy to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\TEMPLATE\IMAGES\
  3. Add the following entry in docIcon.xml file, which can be found at: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\TEMPLATE\XML
    <Mapping Key=”pdf” Value=”pdf16.gif” />
  4. Add pdf file type on the File Type page under Search Service Application
  5. Open regedit
  6. Navigate to the following location:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office Server\14.0\Search\Setup\ContentIndexCommon\Filters\Extension
  7. Right-click > Click New > Key to create a new key for .pdf
  8. Add the following GUID in the default value
  • Restart the SharePoint Server Search 14
  • Reboot the SharePoint servers in Farm
  • Create a Test site (with any out-of-box site template) and create a document library upload any sample PDF document(s).
  • Perform FULL Crawl to get search result.

Once the crawl is completed we will get search results.

NOTE: If this is a SharePoint Foundation 2010 environment additional steps will be required instead of step 4 above

Adding Searchable File Types to SharePoint Foundation 2010

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