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<cfpdfform /> for Lucee

<cfpdfform /> tag for Lucee Server. Read and Populate PDF Form Fields


  • Basic read and populate PDF Form Fields are implemented
  • stream to browser implemented
  • retrieve the form field value into xmlData or exported to FDF file format
  • populate the form field value from xmlData or FDF file


This tag created using PDF Box


  • Save to Lucee context directory
  • you will need to restart Lucee when you have added these files (and after editting a tag)

Sample usage


	<cfset pdfForm = ExpandPath('./my-pdf-form.pdf')>
	<cfpdfform action="read" source="#pdfForm#" result="stFormFields">
	<cfdump var="#stFormFields#" label="stFormFields">
	<h4>Read the form field value in XML format</h4>
	<cfpdfform action="read" source="#pdfForm#" xmlData="myXMLData" result="stFormFields">
	<cfdump var="#myXMLData#" label="XMLData">
	<h4>Read the form field value and exported in FDF fileformat</h4>
	<cfpdfform action="read" source="#pdfForm#" fdfData="populated-pdf-form.fdf">
	<cfdump var="#myXMLData#" label="XMLData">
	<cfpdfform action="populate" source="#pdfForm#" destination="#ExpandPath('./populated-pdf-form.pdf')#" >
		<cfpdfformparam name="Name"    value="CF Mitrah">
		<cfpdfformparam name="Account" value="MitrahSoft">

	<h4>Populate and remove form fields</h4>
	<cfpdfform action="populate" source="#pdfForm#" destination="#ExpandPath('./populated-pdf-form.pdf')#" flatten="true">
		<cfpdfformparam name="Name"    value="CF Mitrah">
		<cfpdfformparam name="Account" value="MitrahSoft">

	<h4>Populate & write to browser</h4>
	<cfpdfform action="populate" source="#pdfForm#">
		<cfpdfformparam name="Name"    value="CF Mitrah">
		<cfpdfformparam name="Account" value="MitrahSoft">
	<h4>Populate the form field value from XMLData string or XML file </h4>
	<cfpdfform action="populate" source="#pdfForm#" XMLData="#ExpandPath('./Example.xml')#" destination="#ExpandPath('./populated-pdf-form.pdf')#" overwrite="true">
	<h4>Populate the form field value from FDF file </h4>
	<cfpdfform action="populate" source="#pdfForm#" fdfData="populated-pdf-form.fdf" destination="#ExpandPath('./populated-pdf-form.pdf')#" overwrite="true">

		<cfdump var="#cfcatch#">


Idea & base code adapted from lucee-cfpdfform is authored by CF Mitrah and everyone is welcome to contribute.

Downsides webonix cfpdfform implementation

Webonix done a very good job, but he used iText jars, which is licensed as AGPL software. Buying a license is mandatory as soon as you develop commercial activities distributing the iText software inside your product or deploying it on a network without disclosing the source code of your own applications under the AGPL license. These activities include:

  • offering paid services to customers as an ASP
  • serving PDFs on the fly in the cloud or in a web application
  • shipping iText with a closed source product

Pricing of iText on Dec-2015, Reference

Server - $2,640 USD

  • One license per server, virtual machine or node installation, independent of number of end-users
  • 50% discount for non-production servers (e.g. testing, development, Q&A, UAT, BA or DR)

End-user - $1,590 USD

  • One license per desktop, laptop or other end-user device installation


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