Poppler is a PDF rendering library based on the xpdf-3.0 code base.

What's with the name?


Discuss poppler on the poppler mailing list, or visit the #poppler irc channel on irc.freenode.org.


The latest stable release is poppler-21.04.0.tar.xz, released on April 1, 2021:

Release 21.04.0:
         * Hide symbols by default
         * TextSelectionDumper: fix word order for RTL text
         * Fix rendering of text in some files. Issue #1052
         * Implement rendering of Masks of Image subtype. Issue #1058
         * Forms: fix unclicking standalone form buttons. Issue #1034

         * Expose more fields from MediaRendition in PopplerMedia
         * Use stock glib macro to define boxed type
         * Remove incorrecly used volatile from enum type registration code

         * Fix crash in files with malformed signatures
         * Fix memory leak when QImage constructor "fails"

         * Fix crash in files with malformed signatures
         * Fix memory leak when QImage constructor "fails"

         * pdfsig: New paragraph for "-sign" in manpage
         * pdfimages: Do not assert in "too big images". Issue #1061

        build system:
         * Require cmake >= 3.10
         * Require Qt 5 >= 5.9
         * Require glib >= 2.56
         * Require gtk 3 >= 3.22
         * Require gdk-pixbuf >= 2.36

The tarball has been signed (.sig file) by Albert Astals Cid CA262C6C83DE4D2FB28A332A3A6A4DB839EAA6D7.

Besides poppler you are also going to need poppler encoding data: poppler-data-0.4.10.tar.gz, released on October 21, 2020.

Previous poppler releases are available here.


Poppler is developed using git. To clone the repository use the following command:

git clone https://anongit.freedesktop.org/git/poppler/poppler.git

or browse (via cgit) (via gitlab) the repository. Please send patches via gitlab merge requests.


Poppler comes with multiple frontends (APIs): cpp, glib and qt5. Following is a list of already generated documentation. You can always generate up to date documentation from the source code.


Poppler Wiki.


Check out the bugs filed against poppler and the issues found by oss-fuzz.


Use gitlab to report bugs or suggest enhancements.

If you have documents that don't render properly with poppler, please open a bug and attach the PDF file there, if possible.

Continuous Integration

We run continuous integration via the gitlab CI on:

There are a few non official CI too:

Packaged Versions

This is a non-complete list of packaged versions of poppler and poppler-data.


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