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I found this link which talks about Adobe Ifilter Adobe Ifilter

now we will be working on pdf files inside our document library , but seems Sharepoint 2013 already index and search pdf documents by default. so do we need to install Adobe Ifilter inside SP 2013 ? i mean will it provides additional capabilities not included within SP 2013 ?

Thanks

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No, You dont need the PDF iflter for SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2013 Search now supports PDF iFilter natively.

https://sharepointthing.wordpress.com/2013/02/06/sharepoint-2013-search-natively-supports-pdf-ifilter/

also check this discussion on SE Does Sharepoint 2013 support IFilters?

  • There are also some features that may change depending on what client application is installed. When we had Adobe PDF (Reader) installed on our machines when clicking a PDF from within the search results Acrobat highlighted the search term within the document - which is really helpful. Now that we have FoxIt as the default PDF reader that feature is gone. (AFAIK they (FoxIt) offer support for this, but not OOTB). – AM2FTW Mar 16 '17 at 12:57

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