Python bindings for MuPDF's rendering library.
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PyMuPDF 1.10.0

Release date: December, 2016


  • Ruikai Liu
  • Jorj X. McKie


This is version 1.10.0 of PyMuPDF (formerly python-fitz), a Python binding which supports MuPDF 1.10a - "a lightweight PDF and XPS viewer".

MuPDF can access files in PDF, XPS, OpenXPS, CBZ, EPUB and FB2 (e-books) formats, and it is known for its top performance and high rendering quality.

With PyMuPDF you therefore can also access files with extensions *.pdf, *.xps, *.oxps, *.cbz, *.fb2 or *.epub from your Python scripts.

See the Wiki for more info/news/release notes/etc.


If you had not previously installed MuPDF, you must first do this. This process highly depends on your system. For most platforms, the MuPDF source contains prepared procedures on how to achieve this. Linux distributions usually also provide their own ways on how to install MuPDF. See below for more details.

Once MuPDF is in place, installing PyMuPDF comes down to running the usual python install.

Also refer to this document for details.

Arch Linux



Since MuPDF v1.10a is not available yet in the official repo, you need to first build it from source. Make sure to add -fPIC to CFLAGS when compiling.

When MuPDF is ready, edit in PyMuPDF and comment out the line of library_dirs=[] to specify the directory which contains libmupdf.a and other 3rd party libraries. Remove crypto from libraries in if it complains.


First, install the MuPDF headers and libraries, which are provided by mupdf-tools: brew install mupdf-tools

Then you might need to export ARCHFLAGS='-arch x86_64' since libmupdf.a is for x86_64 only.

Finally, please double check before building. Update include_dirs and library_dirs if necessary.


You can download pre-generated binaries from here that are suitable for your Python version, and thereby avoid any compilation hassle. Please refer to this document for details.

If you want to make your own binary however, have a look at this Wiki page. It explains how to use Visual Studio for generating MuPDF in quite some detail. Also do not hesitate to contact us if you need help.

Usage and Documentation

Please have a look at the basic demos or the examples which contain complete, working programs.

You have a variety of options to access the documentation:

Earlier Versions


PyMuPDF is distributed under GNU GPL V3.


You can also find PyMuPDF on the Python Package Index PyPI.

We invite you to join our efforts by contributing to the the wiki pages.

Please submit comments or any issues either to this site or by sending an e-mail to the authors Ruikai Liu, Jorj X. McKie.