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Quickstarts

The Adobe PDF Services API provides modern cloud-based capabilities for PDF manipulation. The API is accessible through SDKs which help you get up and running quickly. Once you've received your developer credential, download and set up one of the sample projects. After you're familiar with the APIs, leverage the samples in your own server-side code.

Getting credentials#

Developing with the PDF Services SDK requires an Adobe-provided credential. To get one, click HERE, and complete the workflow. Be sure to copy and save the credential values to a secure location.

Validity term: The certificate associated with your credential is valid for one year. However, you can simply regenerate a new credential or apply a new certificate to the current credentials from the Document Cloud developer console.

SDK#

PDF Services API is also accessible via SDKs in popular languages such as Node.js, Java and .NET.

Java#

Jump start your development by bookmarking or downloading the following key resources:

Authentication#

Once you complete the Getting Credentials, a zip file automatically downloads that contains content whose structure varies based on whether you opted to download personalized code samples. The zip file structures are as follows:

  • Personalized Download: The samples download zip contains a private.key file and an adobe-dc-pdf-services-sdk-java-samples with a preconfigured pdfservices-api-credentials.json file.
  • Non Personalized Download: The samples download zip contains the private.key file and a pdfservices-api-credentials.json file.

After downloading the zip, you can either run the samples in the zip directly, or you can replace the pdfservices-api-credentials.json and private.key files in the Java sample code with those in the zip.

Example pdfservices-api-credentials.json file

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1{
2 "client_credentials": {
3 "client_id": "<YOUR_CLIENT_ID>",
4 "client_secret": "<YOUR_CLIENT_SECRET>"
5 },
6 "service_account_credentials": {
7 "organization_id": "<YOUR_ORGANIZATION_ID>",
8 "account_id": "<YOUR_TECHNICAL_ACCOUNT_ID>",
9 "private_key_file": "<PRIVATE_KEY_FILE_PATH>"
10 }
11}

Setup a Java environment#

  1. Install Java 8 or above.
  2. Run javac -version to verify your install.
  3. Verify the JDK bin folder is included in the PATH variable (method varies by OS).
  4. Install Maven. You may use your preferred tool; for example:
    • Windows: Example: Chocolatey.
    • Macintosh: Example: brew install maven.
Option 1: Personalized samples setup#

The quickest way to get up and running is to download the personalized code samples during the Getting Credentials workflow. These samples provide everything from ready-to-run sample code, an embedded credential json file, and pre-configured connections to dependencies.

  1. Download the Java sample project.
  2. Build the sample project with Maven: mvn clean install.
  3. Test the sample code on the command line.
  4. Refer to this document for details about running samples as well as the API Reference for API details.
Option 2: Generic samples setup#

If you did not choose Personalized Code Sample Download during the credential setup process:

  1. Download the Java sample project.
  2. Find and replace pdfservices-api-credentials.json with the one present in the downloaded zip file.
  3. Find and replace private.key with the one present in the downloaded zip file.
  4. Build the sample project with Maven: mvn clean install.
  5. Test the sample code on the command line.
  6. Refer to this document for details about running samples as well as the API Reference for API details.

Verifying download authenticity#

For security reasons you may wish to confirm the installer's authenticity. To do so,

  1. After installing the package, navigate to the .jar.sha1 file.
  2. Calculate the hash with any 3rd party utility.
  3. Find and open PDF Services sha1 file. Note: if you're using Maven, look in the .m2 directory.
  4. Verify the hash you generated matches the value in the .sha1 file.
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Logging#

Refer to the API docs for error and exception details.

  • For logging, use the slf4j API with a log4js-slf4j binding.
  • Logging configurations are provided in src/main/resources/log4js.properties.
  • Specify alternate bindings, if required, in pom.xml.

log4js.properties file

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1name=PropertiesConfig
2appenders = console
3
4# A sample console appender configuration, Clients can change as per their logging implementation
5rootLogger.level = WARN
6rootLogger.appenderRefs = stdout
7rootLogger.appenderRef.stdout.ref = STDOUT
8
9appender.console.type = Console
10appender.console.name = STDOUT
11appender.console.layout.type = PatternLayout
12appender.console.layout.pattern = [%-5level] %d{yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS} [%t] %c{1} - %msg%n
13
14loggers = pdfservicessdk,validator,apache
15
16# Change the logging levels as per need. INFO is recommended for pdfservices-sdk
17logger.pdfservicessdk.name = com.adobe.pdfservices.operation
18logger.pdfservicessdk.level = INFO
19logger.pdfservicessdk.additivity = false
20logger.pdfservicessdk.appenderRef.console.ref = STDOUT
21
22logger.validator.name=org.hibernate
23logger.validator.level=WARN
24
25logger.apache.name=org.apache
26logger.apache.level=WARN

Test files#

The sample files reference input and output files located in the sample project's /resources/ directory. You can of course modify the files and paths or use your own files.

Samples directory structure Java

Custom projects#

While the samples use Maven, you can use your own tools and process.

To build a custom project:

  1. Access the .jar in the central Maven repository.
  2. Use your preferred dependency management tool (Ivy, Gradle, Maven), to include the SDK .jar dependency.
  3. Open the pdfservices-api-credentials.json downloaded when you created your credential.
  4. Add the Authentication details as described above.

Adobe PDF Services SDK On Maven

.NET#

Jumpstart your development by bookmarking or downloading the following key resources:

Prerequisites#

The samples project requires the following:

  • .NET Core: version 2.1 or above
  • A build Tool: Either Visual Studio or .NET Core CLI.

Authentication#

Once you complete the Getting Credentials, you will receive a zip file with content whose structure varies based on whether you opted to download personalized code samples. The zip file structures are as follows:

  • Personalized Download: The samples download zip contains a private.key file and an adobe-DC.PDFServices.SDK.NET.Samples directory. Each sample directory contains the sample code as well as a preconfigured pdfservices-api-credentials.json file.
  • Non Personalized Download: The samples download zip contains the private.key file and unconfigured pdfservices-api-credentials.json file.

After downloading the zip, you can either run the samples in the zip directly, or you can replace the pdfservices-api-credentials.json and private.key files in the .Net sample code with those in the zip.

Example pdfservices-api-credentials.json file

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1{
2 "client_credentials": {
3 "client_id": "<YOUR_CLIENT_ID>",
4 "client_secret": "<YOUR_CLIENT_SECRET>"
5 },
6 "service_account_credentials": {
7 "organization_id": "<YOUR_ORGANIZATION_ID>",
8 "account_id": "<YOUR_TECHNICAL_ACCOUNT_ID>",
9 "private_key_file": "<PRIVATE_KEY_FILE_PATH>"
10 }
11}

Set up a NET environment#

Running any sample or custom code requires the following:

  1. Download and install the .NET SDK.
Option 1: Personalized samples setup#

The quickest way to get up and running is to download the personalized code samples during the Getting Credentials workflow. These samples provide everything from ready-to-run sample code, an embedded credential json file, and pre-configured connections to dependencies.

  1. Extract the downloaded samples .zip.
  2. From the samples directory, build the sample project: dotnet build.
  3. Test the sample code on the command line.
  4. Refer to this document for details about running samples as well as the API Reference for API details.
Option 2: Generic samples setup#

If you did not choose Personalized Code Sample Download during the credential setup process:

  1. Clone or download the samples project.
  2. Find and replace all occurrences of pdfservices-api-credentials.json and private.key files with the ones present in your PDFServicesSDK-Credentials.zip file.
  3. From the samples directory, build the sample project: dotnet build.
  4. Test the sample code on the command line.
  5. Refer to this document for details about running samples as well as the API Reference for API details.

Verifying download authenticity#

For security reasons you may wish to confirm the installer's authenticity. To do so,

  1. After installing the Nuget package, navigate to the .nuget directory.
  2. Find and open the .sha512 file.
  3. Verify the hash in the downloaded file matches the value published here.
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Logging#

Refer to the API docs for error and exception details.

The .NET SDK uses LibLog as a bridge between different logging frameworks. Log4net is used as a logging provider in the sample projects and the logging configurations are provided in log4net.config. Add the configuration for your preferred provider and set up the necessary appender as required to enable logging.

log4net.config file

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1<log4net>
2 <root>
3 <level value="INFO" />
4 <appender-ref ref="console" />
5 </root>
6 <appender name="console" type="log4net.Appender.ConsoleAppender">
7 <layout type="log4net.Layout.PatternLayout">
8 <conversionPattern value="%date %level %logger - %message%newline" />
9 </layout>
10 </appender>
11</log4net>

Test files#

Refer to each sample directory for the requisite input/output files.

Custom projects#

While building the sample project automatically downloads the Nuget package, you can do it manually if you wish to use your own tools and process.

  1. Go to https://www.adobe.com/go/pdftoolsapi_net_nuget.
  2. Download the latest package.

Adobe PDF Services SDK on Nuget

Node.js#

Jumpstart your development by bookmarking or downloading the following key resources:

Authentication#

Once you complete the Getting Credentials, you will receive a zip file with content whose structure varies based on whether you opted to download personalized code samples. The zip file structures are as follows:

  • Personalized Download: The samples download.zip contains a private.key file and an adobe-dc-pdf-services-sdk-node-samples directory. Each sample directory contains the sample code as well as a preconfigured pdfservices-api-credentials.json file.
  • Non Personalized Download: The samples download zip contains the private.key file and unconfigured pdfservices-api-credentials.json file.

After downloading the zip, you can either run the samples in the zip directly, or you can replace the pdfservices-api-credentials.json and private.key files in the Node,js sample code with those in the zip.

Example pdfservices-api-credentials.json file

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1{
2 "client_credentials": {
3 "client_id": "<YOUR_CLIENT_ID>",
4 "client_secret": "<YOUR_CLIENT_SECRET>"
5 },
6 "service_account_credentials": {
7 "organization_id": "<YOUR_ORGANIZATION_ID>",
8 "account_id": "<YOUR_TECHNICAL_ACCOUNT_ID>",
9 "private_key_file": "<PRIVATE_KEY_FILE_PATH>"
10 }
11}

Set up a Node.js environment#

Running any sample or custom code requires the following steps:

  1. Install Node.js 10.13.0 or higher.
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npm install --save @adobe/pdfservices-node-sdk
Option 1: Personalized samples setup#
  1. Extract the downloaded samples .zip.
  2. From the samples root directory, run npm install.
  3. Test the sample code on the command line.
  4. Refer to this document for details about running samples as well as the API Reference for API details.
Option 2: Generic samples setup#

If you did not choose Personalized Code Sample Download during the credential setup process:

  1. Download the Node,js sample project .
  2. Find and replace all occurrences of pdfservices-api-credentials.json and private.key files with the ones present in your PDFServicesCredentials.zip file.
  3. From the samples root directory, run npm install.
  4. Test the sample code on the command line.
  5. Refer to this document for details about running samples as well as the API Reference for API details.

Verifying download authenticity#

For security reasons you may wish to confirm the installer's authenticity. To do so,

  1. After installing the package, find and open package.json.
  2. Find the "_integrity" key.
  3. Verify the hash in the downloaded file matches the value published here.
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Logging#

Refer to the API docs for error and exception details.

The SDK uses the log4js API for logging. During execution, the SDK searches for config/pdfservices-sdk-log4js-config.json in the working directory and reads the logging properties from there. If you do not provide a configuration file, the default logging logs INFO to the console. Customize the logging settings as needed.

log4js.properties file

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1{
2 "appenders": {
3 "consoleAppender": {
4 "_comment": "A sample console appender configuration, Clients can change as per their logging implementation",
5 "type": "console",
6 "layout": {
7 "type": "pattern",
8 "pattern": "%d:[%p]: %m"
9 }
10 }
11 },
12 "categories": {
13 "default": {
14 "appenders": ["consoleAppender"],
15 "_comment": "Change the logging levels as per need. info is recommended for pdfservices-node-sdk",
16 "level": "info"
17 }
18 }
19}

Test files#

The sample files reference input and output files located in the sample project’s resource directory (for Node.js). You can of course modify the files and paths or use your own files.

Custom projects#

While building the sample project automatically downloads the Node package, you can do it manually if you wish to use your own tools and process.

  1. Go to https://www.npmjs.com/package/@adobe/pdfservices-node-sdk
  2. Download the latest package.

Adobe PDF Services SDK on NPM JS

Python#

Jumpstart your development by bookmarking or downloading the following key resources:

Authentication#

Once you complete the Getting Credentials, you will receive a zip file with content whose structure varies based on whether you opted to download personalized code samples. The zip file structures are as follows:

  • Personalized Download: The samples download.zip contains a private.key file and an adobe-dc-pdfservices-sdk-python-samples directory. Each sample directory contains the sample code as well as a preconfigured pdfservices-api-credentials.json file.
  • Non Personalized Download: The samples download zip contains the private.key file and unconfigured pdfservices-api-credentials.json file.

After downloading the zip, you can either run the samples in the zip directly, or you can replace the pdfservices-api-credentials.json and private.key files in the Python sample code with those in the zip.

Example pdfservices-api-credentials.json file

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1{
2 "client_credentials": {
3 "client_id": " <YOUR_CLIENT_ID> ",
4 "client_secret": " <YOUR_CLIENT_SECRET> "
5 },
6 "service_account_credentials": {
7 "organization_id": " <YOUR_ORGANIZATION_ID> ",
8 "account_id": " <YOUR_TECHINCAL_ACCOUNT_ID> ",
9 "private_key_file": "private.key"
10 }
11}

Set up a Python environment#

Running any sample or custom code requires the following steps:

  1. Install Python 3.6 or higher.
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pip install pdfservices-sdk
Option 1: Personalized samples setup#
  1. Extract the downloaded samples .zip.
  2. From the samples root directory, run pip install -r requirements.txt.
  3. Test the sample code on the command line.
  4. Refer to the HowTos for details about running samples. Additional details also reside in the API documentation.
Option 2: Generic samples setup#
  1. Download the Python sample project.
  2. Replace pdfservices-api-credentials.json & private.key with the zipped files within ZIP sent by Adobe.
  3. From the samples root directory, run pip install -r requirements.txt.
  4. Test the sample code on the command line.
  5. Refer to the HowTos for details about running samples. Additional details also reside in the API documentation.

Verifying download authenticity#

For security reasons you may wish to confirm the installer's authenticity. To do so,

  1. After downloading the package zip, run following command
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pip hash <download_dir>/pdfservices-sdk-1.0.0.tar.gz
  1. Above command will return the hash of downloaded package.
  2. Verify the hash matches the value published here.
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Logging#

Refer to the API docs for error and exception details.

The SDK uses the Python standard logging module. Customize the logging settings as needed.

Default Logging Config

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logging.getLogger(__name__).addHandler(logging.NullHandler())

Test files#

Refer to each sample project's resource directory (for Python) for the requisite input/output files.

Custom projects#

While building the sample project automatically downloads the Python package, you can do it manually if you wish to use your own tools and process.

  1. Go to https://pypi.org/project/pdfservices-sdk/
  2. Download the latest package.

Adobe PDF Services SDK on Pypi

Public API#

PDF Services API is accessible directly via REST APIs which requires Adobe-provided credential for authentication. Once you've completed the Getting Credentials workflow, a zip file automatically downloads that contains content whose structure varies based on whether you opted to download personalized code samples. The zip file structures are as follows:

  • Personalized Download: The samples download zip contains a private.key file and a samples folder with a preconfigured pdfservices-api-credentials.json file.
  • Non Personalized Download: The samples download zip contains the private.key file and a pdfservices-api-credentials.json file.

After downloading the zip, private.key and credentials info in pdfservices-api-credentials.json can be used to call REST APIs directly per the instructions mentioned in Public API Docs under Sub-Section (Introduction -> How to get started?)

Example pdfservices-api-credentials.json file

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1{
2 "client_credentials": {
3 "client_id": "<YOUR_CLIENT_ID>",
4 "client_secret": "<YOUR_CLIENT_SECRET>"
5 },
6 "service_account_credentials": {
7 "organization_id": "<YOUR_ORGANIZATION_ID>",
8 "account_id": "<YOUR_TECHNICAL_ACCOUNT_ID>",
9 "private_key_file": "<PRIVATE_KEY_FILE_PATH>"
10 }
11}

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