Install Foxit PDF IFilter on SharePoint 2010 Beta


SharePoint 2010

You need to install a PDF IFilter in order to be able to crawl and index pdf files for searching capabilities within SharePoint Server 2010. The steps to install the Foxit PDF IFilter are near identical to those performed for MOSS 2007. Here is a quick reference guide and tutorial on how to install the PDF IFilter for SharePoint Server 2010 beta.

  • Download the x64 version Foxit PDF IFilter from the Foxit website onto your index server
  • Stop the IIS Admin service: Start > Administrator Tools > Services > IIS Admin Service > Stop
  • Run the downloaded .msi file to install the Foxit PDF IFilter
  • Download the small 17×17 Adobe PDF icon image from the Adobe website onto each web front end server in the farm
    • You may use the icon provided by Foxit, but I use the Adobe icon since users are more familiar with it.
  • Copy the downloaded icon to “Drive:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\Template\Images”
  • Still on the web front end server, open in Notepad the DOCICON.XML file located in “Drive:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14\Template\XML\”
  • Under the <ByExtension> section, add the line in the red box, substituting “pdficon.gif” for the filename of your downloaded icon:

  • Save the file and close Notepad
  • Perform an iisreset
  • Repeat copying the pdf icon to the proper location, editing the DOCICON.XML file, and performing an iisreset on any additional web front end servers in the farm
  • Open the Central Administration site and add the pdf extension on the File Types page located in the Search Service Application: Search Administration site
    • Central Admin > Application Management > Manage service applications > click Search Service Application > click File Types from the left navigation menu
    • Click New File Type
    • Type pdf and click Ok – do not add a period before pdf
  • Back on the index server, open a command window and restart the SharePoint Server Search 14 service by running the following two commands:
    • net stop osearch14
    • net start osearch14
  • Perform a full crawl of your content sources
  • Go to your site and do a search of a known PDF file and you should see the file has indexed properly


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