Add Metadata to PDF in Java

Add metadata properties to PDF and many other popular documents, images and multimedia file formats using GroupDocs.Metadata for Java API.

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About GroupDocs.Metadata for Java API

GroupDocs.Metadata for Java is an advanced metadata fields management and manipulation solution to easily view, update, remove, find, compare, exchange and export metadata information from images and document formats without using any external software. Add metadata details to Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations, Outlook emails, OneNote, Visio, Project, PDF, AutoCAD, ZIp, Audio and Video file formats along with the support for working with many other metadata processing features.

Steps for adding Metadata to PDF in Java

GroupDocs.Metadata makes it easy for Java developers to add metadata fields to PDF files from within their applications by implementing a few easy steps.

  • Load the PDF file to be updated.
  • Specify a predicate that will be used to add metadata properties.
  • Specify a value which you want to be assigned to the selected properties.
  • Pass the predicate to the AddProperties method.
  • Check the actual number of added properties.
  • Save the changes.

System Requirements

GroupDocs.Metadata for Java APIs are supported on all major platforms and operating systems. Before executing the code below, please make sure that you have the following prerequisites installled on your system.

  • Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows, Linux, MacOS
  • Development Environment: NetBeans, Intellij IDEA, Eclipse etc
  • Java Runtime Environment: J2SE 6.0 and above
  • Get the latest version of GroupDocs.Metadata for Java from Maven

// load the file in an instance of Metadata class
try (Metadata metadata = new Metadata("input.pdf")) {

	// add a property containing the content author
	int affected = metadata.addProperties(new ContainsTagSpecification(Tags.getTime().getPrinted()), new PropertyValue(new Date()));

	System.out.println(String.format("Affected properties: %s", affected));

	metadata.save("output.pdf");
}

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About PDF File Format

Portable Document Format (PDF) is a type of document created by Adobe back in 1990s. The purpose of this file format was to introduce a standard for representation of documents and other reference material in a format that is independent of application software, hardware as well as Operating System. PDF files can be opened in Adobe Acrobat Reader/Writer as well in most modern browsers like Chrome, Safari, Firefox via extensions/plug-ins. Most of the commercially available software suites also offer conversion of their documents to PDF file format without the requirement of any additional software component. Thus, PDF file format has full capability to contain information like text, images, hyperlinks, form-fields, rich media, digital signatures, attachments, metadata, Geospatial features and 3D objects in it that can become as part of source document.

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Adding Metadata Properties To Other File Formats

Java API for adding metadata to multi format documents and images. Set metadata details of some of the popular file formats as stated below.

Add PDF Metadata

(Adobe Portable Document Format)

Add DOC Metadata

(Microsoft Word Document)

Add DOCM Metadata

(Microsoft Word Macro-Enabled Document)

Add DOCX Metadata

(Microsoft Word Open XML Document)

Add DOT Metadata

(Microsoft Word Document Template)

Add DOTX Metadata

(Word Open XML Document Template)

Add XLS Metadata

(Microsoft Excel Binary File Format)

Add XLSX Metadata

(Microsoft Excel Open XML Spreadsheet)

Add XLSM Metadata

(Microsoft Excel Macro-Enabled Spreadsheet)

Add XLTM Metadata

(OOXML Macro Enabled Workbook Template)

Add PPT Metadata

(PowerPoint Presentation)

Add PPS Metadata

(Microsoft PowerPoint Slide Show)

Add PPTX Metadata

(PowerPoint Open XML Presentation)

Add PPSX Metadata

(PowerPoint Open XML Slide Show)

Add POTX Metadata

(Microsoft PowerPoint Open XML Template)

Add POTM Metadata

(Microsoft PowerPoint Template)

Add PPTM Metadata

(Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation)

Add PPSM Metadata

(Microsoft PowerPoint Slide Show)

Add ODS Metadata

(Open Document Spreadsheet)

Add ODT Metadata

(Open Document Text)

Add TIFF Metadata

(Tagged Image File Format)

Add JPEG Metadata

(JPEG Image)

Add PNG Metadata

(Portable Network Graphic)

Add GIF Metadata

(Graphical Interchange Format File)

Add BMP Metadata

(Bitmap File Format)

Add JP2 Metadata

(JPEG 2000 Core Image File)

Add WEBP Metadata

(Raster Web Image File Format)

Add PSD Metadata

(Adobe Photoshop Document)

Add WMF Metadata

(Windows Metafile)

Add EMF Metadata

(Enhanced Metafile Format)

Add MPP Metadata

(Microsoft Project Document)

Add MSG Metadata

(Microsoft Outlook E-mail Message)

Add EML Metadata

(E-mail Message)

Add DWG Metadata

(Autodesk Design Data Formats)

Add DXF Metadata

(AutoCAD Drawing Interchange)

Add ONE Metadata

(Microsoft OneNote)

Add MP3 Metadata

(MPEG Audio Layer III)

Add WAV Metadata

(Waveform Audio File Format)

Add DICOM Metadata

(Digital Imaging & Comm in Medicine)

Add AVI Metadata

(Audio Video Interleave File)

Add VSD Metadata

(Microsoft Visio 2003-2010 Drawing)

Add VSDX Metadata

(Microsoft Visio Drawing)

Add VSS Metadata

(Microsoft Visio 2003-2010 Stencil)

Add VDX Metadata

(Microsoft Visio 2003-2010 XML Drawing)

Add VSX Metadata

(Microsoft Visio 2003-2010 XML Stencil)

Add ZIP Metadata

(Archive File Format)

Add EPUB Metadata

(Digital E-Book File Format)

Add VCF Metadata

(Electronic Business Card)