Configure PDF iFilter for SharePoint 2010
I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the exact steps to properly configure PDF iFilters for content based search in SharePoint 2010. Here are the steps.
- Download and Install the Adobe PDF iFilter 9 from Abode’s site using ‘Run as Administrator’
- Download a 16X16 PDF icon file from the Adobe web site and copy it to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\TEMPLATE\IMAGES\
- Add the following entry in the docIcon.xml file, which can be found at: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\TEMPLATE\XML (This entry should be done under extensions tag) Entry is: <Mapping Key=”pdf” Value=”pdf16.gif” />
- Go to your search service application in SharePoint’s central admin and ADD the pdf file type to the Search Service Application’s File types.
- Add a new registry entry in your Windows’ registry file at the following location:
- HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office Server\14.0\Search\Setup\ContentIndexCommon\Filters\Extension
- Right-click and select New > Key to create a new key called “.pdf” (without quotes)
- Add the following GUID as the default value for the .pdf key
- Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the following location:
- C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe PDF iFilter 9 for 64-bit platforms\bin
- Add your Search Service Application’s Content Access Account to the list of users and groups who have security access to this folder. Make sure the account has Read, Read & Execute, and List Folder Contents permissions (Very important)
- Reset your crawled index from search service configurations (Central admin)
- Reboot the SharePoint servers in your Farm to restart the Search Service Application.
- After reboot is done just re-crawl everything.
Hurraaaahhhhh! You are done! :)