SharePoint 2010 - Configuring Adobe PDF iFilter 9 for 64-bit platforms


 I have seen some documentation out there on setting up the Adobe iFilter with SP 2010, but now Microsoft has officially published KB2293357

  • Install Windows Server 2008 following the SharePoint prerequisites (Pre-upgrade utility).
  • Install SharePoint 2010 with the complete option and run the PSconfig wizard.
  • Configure required Server Farm Topology. In this example we use a Single Server Farm.
  • Create a new Search Service application.

Configure Adobe iFilter based on steps mentioned below:

  1. Install PDF iFilter 9.0 (64 bit) from            (       
  2. Download PDF icon picture from Adobe web site            (        and copy to C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\TEMPLATE\IMAGES\
  3. Add the following entry in docIcon.xml file, which can be found at: C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\TEMPLATE\XML
    <Mapping Key="pdf" Value="pdf16.gif" />
  4. Add pdf file type on the File Type page under Search Service Application
  5. Open regedit
  6. Navigate to the following location:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office Server\14.0\Search\Setup\ContentIndexCommon\Filters\Extension
  7. Right-click > Click New > Key to create a new key for .pdf
  8. Add the following GUID in the default value
  • Restart the SharePoint Server Search 14
  • Reboot the SharePoint servers in Farm
  • Create a Test site (with any out-of-box site template) and create a document library upload any sample PDF document(s).
  • Perform FULL Crawl to get search result.

Once the crawl is completed we will get search results.

NOTE: If this is a SharePoint Foundation 2010 environment additional steps will be required instead of step 4 above

Adding Searchable File Types to SharePoint Foundation 2010            (