A PDF password remover (also called a PDF password cracker
, password reset
, or password _recovery _tool, depending on its ability) is a program that can be used to either find, remove, or bypass the security on a PDF file that prevents you from opening, printing, or changing the PDF file
Most PDF password cracker tools fall into one or more of three major categories: tools that recover
the PDF user password
, tools that recover
the PDF owner password
, and tools that remove
the PDF owner password allowing full access to the PDF file.
The majority of PDF password remover tools cost money but there are also plenty of free ones, the best of which I've found and reviewed below. Note:
An individual PDF password removal tool might only support the cracking or removing of a password if it's of a certain kind, for a certain security level, encrypting a certain version of PDF, or may even have other restrictions. I'll call out any of those known limits below. Important:
In most countries, the only legal use of PDF password crackers is to break the security on a PDF file that you have the permission to do so on, like a PDF you encrypted but forgot the password to. Need to Crack a Different Kind of Password?
See my list of free password crackers
for free programs to crack Windows passwords, RAR
archives, Word and Excel files, and more.