Configure PDF IFilter in WSS 3.0 (found on Workerthread Blog)

I am playing with a pure WSS environment these last days for my family site and was trying to configure indexing of PDF files on it. Evidently I looked back at one of mu posts to configure this indexing on a MOSS server. When reading my post I noticed the configuration tasks in the Shared Services Provider, etc. As you may know, this is not available to a WSS installation, so I was a little bit stuck. Knowing that I must not have been the first facing this issue, I looked around on the net and found a post at


Here’s the Article:
There are various posts around on setting up MOSS 2007 to use the PDF IFilter, and some stuff on Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 as well.  I’ve found a method which works for me, so I wanted to put this together in one place – not least of all so I can find it when out on site with a client. 

Out of the box neither WSS 3 nor MOSS 2007 will index content located in Acrobat PDF files, so you need to set up the IFilter.  I’ve also found that that PDF files loaded prior to the installation of the filter won’t be re-crawled automatically, so to be on the safe side you might want to kick off a full crawl.

Here is what I’ve found works for WSS 3.0:

  1. First, you need to download the Adobe PDF IFilter 6.0, which you can find at this URL.  You should also get hold of a suitable Icon to use with PDFs, so that when they are listed in a document library they are easily recognisable.  There is a 17 x 17 one available on the Adobe web site here.
  2. Once you’ve downloaded the IFilter, install it on your WSS 3.0 server, and then follow the instructions on registry settings in Microsoft KB Article 927675.  I’ve always found that providing the Adobe IFilter installed properly, the only setting I need to add is the Search Extensions one listed in step 2.  Also note step 5 re stopping and re-starting the search service.
  3. Now you need to set up the Icon file.  If you downloaded the icon file in step 1 above, you will have a file called pdficon_small.gif.  You need to copy this onto your WSS 3.0 server, into drive:\Program Files\Common FIles\Microsoft Shared\Web Server extensions\12\TEMPLATE\IMAGES.
  4. Next you need to edit the XML file which WSS uses to link file extensions to icons.  This file is called DOCICON.XML and is located at drive:\Program Files\Common FIles\Microsoft Shared\Web Server extensions\12\TEMPLATE\XML.  Navigate to that folder and locate the file.  I would suggest making a backup copy first, then opening the file in NotePad.  You need to add a mapping key for PDFs at the bottom of the file, above the </ByExtension> closing tag.  The new key will be <Mapping Key=”pdf” Value=”pdficon_small.gif” OpenControl=””/>  (note that XML is case sensitive so make sure you use same case as previous entries).  Then save the file.
  5. That’s pretty much it, but if you already have PDFs uploaded to your WSS server I would recommend starting a full crawl.  You can do the with STSAdm, the command syntax is Stsadm -o spsearch -action fullcrawlstart .  More on this on TechNet here.


Common IFilters out there on the Net for Sharepoint

Hi all,

I came across a nice table in a Sharepoint books (Beginning Sharepoint 2007 Administration by Göran Husman) with an overview of the most common Ifilter for Sharepoint and at least one source. This list is very helpful if you are installing and configuring your MOSS 2007 environment adn want to add support for other file formats besides the default ones

File Type Download Source Price
PDF Free
ZIP Free
RAR Free
HLP Free
CHM Free
MHT Free
CAB Free
EXE Free
DWF $200 per server
StarOffice Free for Personal use
Inventor $299 per server
SHTML $299 per server
vCard $19 per server
OpenOffice Free for Personal use
MindManager $299 per server
MS Project $299 per server
MS Visio Free
OneNote install MS OneNote on the Sharepoint Server  
Audio/Video files:
MP3, WMA, WMV, ASF Free for Personal use
DWG AutoCad 250 Euro


Also worth mentionning is that the site has a very nice (and free) IFilter Explorer that you can use to see all IFilters installed on your server.