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Downloads of v 5.2.1:


Last Update:

13 Mar 2024

Package Maintainer(s):

Software Author(s):

  • pdfforge


pdfcreator pdf editor printer foss notsilent

PDF Creator

This is not the latest version of PDF Creator available.

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5.2.1 | Updated: 13 Mar 2024



Downloads of v 5.2.1:


Software Author(s):

  • pdfforge

PDF Creator 5.2.1

This is not the latest version of PDF Creator available.

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This Package Contains an Exempted Check

Not All Tests Have Passed

Validation Testing Passed

Verification Testing Exemption:

A reboot is required after installing the dotnet4.7.2 dependency


Scan Testing Successful:

No detections found in any package files

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Deployment Method: Individual Install, Upgrade, & Uninstall

To install PDF Creator, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade PDF Creator, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall PDF Creator, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


Deployment Method:


This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Enter Your Internal Repository Url

(this should look similar to https://community.chocolatey.org/api/v2/)

2. Setup Your Environment

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

2. Get the package into your environment

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to https://community.chocolatey.org/api/v2/. Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Copy Your Script

choco upgrade pdfcreator -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" --version="'5.2.1'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade pdfcreator -y --source="'INTERNAL REPO URL'" --version="'5.2.1'" 

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Install pdfcreator
    name: pdfcreator
    version: '5.2.1'
    state: present

See docs at https://docs.ansible.com/ansible/latest/modules/win_chocolatey_module.html.

chocolatey_package 'pdfcreator' do
  action    :install
  source   'INTERNAL REPO URL'
  version  '5.2.1'

See docs at https://docs.chef.io/resource_chocolatey_package.html.

cChocoPackageInstaller pdfcreator
    Name     = "pdfcreator"
    Version  = "5.2.1"
    Source   = "INTERNAL REPO URL"

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at https://github.com/chocolatey/cChoco.

package { 'pdfcreator':
  ensure   => '5.2.1',
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  source   => 'INTERNAL REPO URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at https://forge.puppet.com/puppetlabs/chocolatey.

4. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.

Package Approved

This package was approved as a trusted package on 13 Mar 2024.


PDFCreator easily creates PDFs from any Windows program. Use it like a printer in Word, StarCalc or any other Windows application.


  • Convert your documents to PDF, JPG, PNG, TIF and PDF/A
  • Merge and arrange multiple documents to one file
  • Profiles make frequently used settings available with one click
  • Use automatic saving to have a fully automated PDF printer
  • Secure against opening, printing or modifying your PDFs with a password
  • Support for digital signatures
  • COM interface for application or scripted actions

Package Parameters

The installer has a few options that can be configured via the --ia switch:

  • /NOICONS - No desktop or Start Menu icons will be created
  • /TASKS=!winexplorer - No integration with explorer. (I.E. no context menu)
  • /Printername=(name) - Use a custom printer name (default: PDFCreator)

Example use: choco install pdfcreator --ia '"/NOICONS /TASKS=!winexplorer"'


md5: 6317D7AD4B64F7964F41EE6CB8F848BE | sha1: A18DECE5B4D1C8FD00205683D1521FEC4B5EA8E2 | sha256: 9C68A989F89C233BB4E191E4A8C2F6AEF79D4B272A00B82A736E2368E0936F4D | sha512: D74FAC0A4856888B61CB00D8EEE2A78F77D42ADCF400D77C29F5CBE13B134C731E2C662A167EAE482985CE545F1C424B879588B448104179F8AA327C09A49259
; This script will exit after 2 minutes (a slow download could cause failure)
SetTimer, TimeOut, 120000

DetectHiddenWindows, on
; Welcome window
WinWait, Setup - PDFCreator, Welcome to the PDFCreator Setup Wizard
WinGet, appid, ID, Setup - PDFCreator, Welcome to the PDFCreator Setup Wizard
WinHide, ahk_id %appid%
; Expert settings checkbox
sleep, 100
ControlClick, TNewCheckBox1, ahk_id %appid%, Welcome to the PDFCreator Setup Wizard
sleep, 100
; Next button
ControlClick, &Next, ahk_id %appid%, Welcome to the PDFCreator Setup Wizard

; Printer Name window
WinWait, ahk_id %appid%, Printer name, 1
if ErrorLevel {
  if WinExist(ahk_id %appid%, Welcome to the PDFCreator Setup Wizard) {
    goto, __Welcome
; Next button
ControlClick, &Next, ahk_id %appid%, Printer name

; Select destination window
WinWait, ahk_id %appid%, Select Destination Location, 1
if ErrorLevel {
  if WinExist(ahk_id %appid%, Printer name) {
    goto, __PrinterName
; Next button
ControlClick, &Next, ahk_id %appid%, Select Destination Location

; Select Components window
WinWait, ahk_id %appid%, Select Components, 1
if ErrorLevel {
  if WinExist(ahk_id %appid%, Select Destination Location) {
    goto, __Destination
; Next button
ControlClick, &Next, ahk_id %appid%, Select Components

; Select Start Menu Folder window
WinWait, ahk_id %appid%, Select Start Menu Folder, 1
if ErrorLevel {
  if WinExist(ahk_id %appid%, Select Components) {
    goto, __Components
; Next button
ControlClick, &Next, ahk_id %appid%, Select Start Menu Folder

; Select Additional Tasks window
WinWait, ahk_id %appid%, Select Additional Tasks, 1
if ErrorLevel {
  if WinExist(ahk_id %appid%, Select Start Menu Folder) {
    goto, __StartMenu
; Next button
ControlClick, &Next, ahk_id %appid%, Select Additional Tasks

; Ready to Install window
WinWait, ahk_id %appid%, Ready to Install, 1
if ErrorLevel {
  if WinExist(ahk_id %appid%, Select Additional Tasks) {
    goto, __AdditionalTasks
; Install button
ControlClick, &Install, ahk_id %appid%, Ready to Install

; PDF Architect (Don't want) window
WinWait, ahk_id %appid%, PDF Architect, 1
if ErrorLevel {
  if WinExist(ahk_id %appid%, Ready to Install) {
    goto, __Ready
; Next button
ControlClick, No thanks, ahk_id %appid%, PDF Architect

; Install Complete Optional Offer window (definitely don't want)
WinWait, Setup - PDFCreator, Installation Completed, 30
if ErrorLevel {
  if WinExist(ahk_id %appid%, PDF Architect) {
    goto, __OptionalOffer
; Skip button
ControlClick, Skip, Setup - PDFCreator, Installation Completed

; Completing the PDFCreator Setup Wizard
WinWait, ahk_id %appid%, Completing the PDFCreator Setup Wizard, 1
if ErrorLevel {
  if WinExist(Setup - PDFCreator, Installation Completed) {
    goto, __OptionalOffer
while WinExist(ahk_id %appid%, Completing the PDFCreator Setup Wizard) {
  sleep, 200
  ; Show Help checkbox
  ControlClick, TNewCheckListBox1, ahk_id %appid%, Completing the PDFCreator Setup Wizard
  sleep, 500
  ; Finish button
  ControlClick, &Finish, ahk_id %appid%, Completing the PDFCreator Setup Wizard


ExitApp 120
$ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'

$installArgs = $('' +
  '/COMPONENTS="program,ghostscript,comsamples,' +
  'languages,languages\bosnian,languages\catalan,languages\catalan_valencia,' +
  'languages\chinese_simplified,languages\chinese_traditional,' +
  'languages\corsican,languages\croatian,languages\czech,languages\danish,' +
  'languages\dutch,languages\english,languages\estonian,languages\finnish,' +
  'languages\french,languages\galician,languages\german,languages\greek,' +
  'languages\hebrew,languages\hungarian,languages\italian,languages\irish,' +
  'languages\ligurian,languages\latvian,languages\lithuanian,' +
  'languages\norwegian_bokmal,languages\polish,languages\portuguese_br,' +
  'languages\romanian,languages\russian,languages\serbian_cyrillic,' +
  'languages\slovak,languages\slovenian,languages\spanish,' +

$toolsPath = Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition

$packageArgs = @{
  packageName    = $env:ChocolateyPackageName
  fileType       = 'exe'
  file           = "$toolsPath\PDFCreator-5_2_1-Setup.exe.exe"
  softwareName   = 'PDFCreator'
  silentArgs     = $installArgs
  validExitCodes = @(0)

# Make sure Print Spooler service is up and running
# this is required for both installing, and running pdfcreator
try {
  $serviceName = 'Spooler'
  $spoolerService = Get-Service -Name $serviceName
  if ($spoolerService -eq $null) { throw "Service $serviceName was not found" }
  Write-Host "Print Spooler service state: $($spoolerService.StartMode) / $($spoolerService.Status)"
  if ($spoolerService.StartMode -ne 'Auto' -or $spoolerService.Status -ne 'Running') {
    Set-Service $serviceName -StartupType Automatic -Status Running
    Write-Host 'Print Spooler service new state: Auto / Running'
catch {
  Write-Warning "Unexpected error while checking Print Spooler service: $($_.Exception.Message)"

$ThisComputer = Get-WmiObject -Class win32_computersystem

# silent install requires different methods for domain-joined systems
if ($ThisComputer.partofdomain -eq $true) {
   Write-Warning 'Silent install of PDFCreator is not supported on domain-joined systems like this one.'
   Write-Warning 'Silent install will be attempted, but is less certain.'
   $ahkFile = Join-Path $toolsPath 'chocolateyInstall.ahk'
   $ahkEXE = Get-ChildItem "$env:ChocolateyInstall\lib\autohotkey.portable" -Recurse -filter autohotkey.exe
   $ahkProc = Start-Process -FilePath $ahkEXE.FullName -ArgumentList "$ahkFile" -PassThru
   Write-Debug "AutoHotKey start time:`t$($ahkProc.StartTime.ToShortTimeString())"
   Write-Debug "Process ID:`t$($ahkProc.Id)"
} else {
   $packageArgs.SilentArgs = "/VERYSILENT $($packageArgs.SilentArgs)"

Install-ChocolateyInstallPackage @packageArgs

Get-ChildItem $toolsPath\*.exe | ForEach-Object {$null = New-Item "$_.ignore" -Type file -Force}

if ($ahkFile) {
   if (get-process -id $ahkProc.Id -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) {stop-process -id $ahkProc.Id}
Verification is intended to assist the Chocolatey moderators and community
in verifying that this package's contents are trustworthy.

The embedded software have been downloaded from the listed download
location on <http://download.pdfforge.org/download/pdfcreator/list>
and can be verified by doing the following:

1. Download the following <https://download.pdfforge.org/download/pdfcreator/PDFCreator-stable?download>
2. Get the checksum using one of the following methods:
  - Using powershell function 'Get-FileHash'
  - Use chocolatey utility 'checksum.exe'
3. The checksums should match the following:

  checksum type: sha256
  checksum: 9C68A989F89C233BB4E191E4A8C2F6AEF79D4B272A00B82A736E2368E0936F4D

The file 'LICENSE.txt' has been obtained from <https://github.com/pdfforge/PDFCreator/blob/dbbe3558157f5861bff35dcb37b328b679b0ccfd/LICENSE>
License is removed from source repository as such this file is empty.
According to their license page at <https://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator/license>
distribution is still allowed, and source code is still covered under the AGPL license.

See License.png for a copy/screenshot of the above webpage taken 2021-01-12.

Log in or click on link to see number of positives.

In cases where actual malware is found, the packages are subject to removal. Software sometimes has false positives. Moderators do not necessarily validate the safety of the underlying software, only that a package retrieves software from the official distribution point and/or validate embedded software against official distribution point (where distribution rights allow redistribution).

Chocolatey Pro provides runtime protection from possible malware.

Add to Builder Version Downloads Last Updated Status
PDF Creator 5.2.1 68617 Wednesday, March 13, 2024 Approved
PDF Creator 5.1.1 167385 Monday, May 15, 2023 Approved
PDF Creator 5.1.0 20475 Tuesday, April 25, 2023 Approved
PDF Creator 5.0.3 89645 Thursday, December 8, 2022 Approved
PDF Creator 5.0.2 26128 Thursday, November 17, 2022 Approved
PDF Creator 5.0.1 32029 Wednesday, October 19, 2022 Approved
PDF Creator 5.0.0 21820 Thursday, October 6, 2022 Approved
PDF Creator 26911 Monday, September 12, 2022 Approved
PDF Creator 4.4.3 48892 Tuesday, July 26, 2022 Approved
PDF Creator 4.4.2 137871 Thursday, March 10, 2022 Approved
PDF Creator 4.4.1 105220 Tuesday, January 4, 2022 Approved
PDF Creator 4.3.0 216422 Thursday, June 17, 2021 Approved
PDF Creator 4.2.0 205657 Tuesday, January 12, 2021 Approved
PDF Creator 4.1.2 275829 Thursday, July 30, 2020 Approved
PDF Creator 4.1.1 4686 Tuesday, July 28, 2020 Approved
PDF Creator 4.1.0 52580 Wednesday, June 10, 2020 Approved
PDF Creator 4.0.4 66877 Thursday, April 16, 2020 Approved
PDF Creator 4.0.3 17594 Thursday, April 2, 2020 Approved
PDF Creator 3.5.1 297295 Monday, June 24, 2019 Approved
PDF Creator 3.5.0 38789 Monday, May 27, 2019 Approved
PDF Creator 3.4.1 78434 Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Approved
PDF Creator 3.4.0 66414 Thursday, February 14, 2019 Approved
PDF Creator 3.3.0 245810 Tuesday, October 9, 2018 Approved
PDF Creator 91371 Monday, September 3, 2018 Approved
PDF Creator 3.2.2 168135 Friday, June 22, 2018 Approved
PDF Creator 3.2.1 83790 Thursday, May 31, 2018 Approved
PDF Creator 44850 Friday, May 18, 2018 Approved
PDF Creator 3.2.0 75907 Thursday, March 15, 2018 Approved
PDF Creator 3.1.2 51175 Thursday, January 25, 2018 Approved
PDF Creator 3.1.1 21453 Thursday, January 4, 2018 Approved
PDF Creator 3.1.0 14359 Wednesday, December 20, 2017 Approved
PDF Creator 3.0.1 101758 Thursday, September 21, 2017 Approved
PDF Creator 2.5.3 91344 Monday, June 26, 2017 Approved
PDF Creator 2.5.2 61218 Wednesday, April 19, 2017 Approved
PDF Creator 2.5.1 200126 Friday, February 17, 2017 Approved
PDF Creator 2.5.0 1002 Friday, February 17, 2017 Approved
PDF Creator 2.4.1 36220 Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Approved
PDF Creator 2.3.2 104834 Monday, July 18, 2016 Approved
PDF Creator 2.3.1 617 Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Approved
PDF Creator 2.3.0 11488 Tuesday, March 1, 2016 Approved
PDF Creator 2.2.2 7940 Thursday, December 10, 2015 Approved
PDF Creator 2.2.0 4562 Monday, October 26, 2015 Approved
PDF Creator 2.1.2 13542 Thursday, June 4, 2015 Approved
PDF Creator 2.1.1 4388 Wednesday, April 1, 2015 Approved
PDF Creator 2.1.0 585 Thursday, March 19, 2015 Approved
PDF Creator 2.0.2 7292 Thursday, January 22, 2015 Approved
PDF Creator 2.0.1 3200 Tuesday, December 16, 2014 Approved
PDF Creator 2.0.0 2720 Sunday, November 30, 2014 Approved
PDF Creator 1.9.4-beta 664 Wednesday, August 13, 2014 Approved
PDF Creator 8614 Wednesday, June 11, 2014 Approved
PDF Creator 1297 Friday, June 6, 2014 Approved
PDF Creator 1.7.3 4492 Friday, April 25, 2014 Approved
PDF Creator 1.7.2 3845 Friday, November 29, 2013 Approved
PDF Creator 1.7.1 2259 Friday, August 9, 2013 Approved
PDF Creator 1.7.0 970 Tuesday, June 11, 2013 Approved
PDF Creator 1.5.0 1298 Tuesday, September 18, 2012 Approved
PDF Creator 1.4.3 641 Friday, July 27, 2012 Approved
PDF Creator 1.2.3 742 Saturday, February 4, 2012 Approved

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