Supported PDF readers for Microsoft Information Protection

Use the following information to learn more about PDF documents that are labeled for classification and protection, and how to view these documents.

A collaboration between Microsoft and Adobe brings you a more simplified and consistent experience for PDF documents that have been classified and optionally, protected. This collaboration provides support for Adobe Acrobat native integration with Microsoft Information Protection solutions, such as Azure Information Protection.

This native integration has the following benefits:

  • You can view PDF documents that have been protected because they contain sensitive information.

  • You can see the classification value for your organization's label that has been applied to the document.

  • Support for the ISO standard for PDF encryption.

    Unless this capability has been disabled by an administrator, this protected PDF file format is now enabled by default on the latest version of the Azure Information Protection client.

For more information, see the following blog post: Starting October, use Adobe Acrobat Reader for PDFs protected by Microsoft Information Protection

Supported PDF readers

The following PDF readers can open protected PDF files that adhere to the ISO standard for PDF encryption:

Operating system Supported readers and download link
Windows 10 and previous versions
through Windows 7 Service Pack 1
Adobe Acrobat Reader (preferred):
- 1. Read the Adobe General Terms of Use
- 2. Install the Adobe Reader from the Adobe site
- 3. Install the Adobe plug-in
- 4. If prompted, ask your admin to authorize the plug-in

Azure Information Protection viewer: Download

Foxit Reader: Download
Android Azure Information Protection app: Download
iOS Azure Information Protection app: Download

Support for previous formats

The PDF readers in the next table support protected PDF documents that have a .ppdf file name extension and older formats that have a .pdf file name extension.

Currently, SharePoint Online and SharePoint on-premises use an older format for PDF documents in IRM-protected libraries.

Operating system Supported readers
Windows 10 and previous versions
through Windows 7 Service Pack 1
Azure Information Protection viewer

Gaaiho Doc

GigaTrust Desktop PDF Client for Adobe

Foxit Reader

Nitro PDF Reader

RMS sharing app
Android Azure Information Protection app

Foxit MobilePDF with RMS

GigaTrust App for Android
iOS Azure Information Protection app

Foxit MobilePDF with RMS

TITUS Docs