PDF Version

What is a PDF Version

PDF versions refer to different iterations of the Portable Document Format (PDF), each defined by its own PDF specification document.

As a widely used document format, PDF has evolved over time with various versions. Each version, such as 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, and 2.0, has its own PDF specification document that outlines its characteristics and capabilities.

PDF files are generally backwards- and forwards-compatible, allowing modern software to reliably display older PDFs.

Newer PDF versions introduce additional features and enhancements.

To determine the version of a PDF file, the first line of the file header includes the identification "%PDF-x.y," where "x.y" represents the version number. However, in some cases, a PDF file can update its version via a special key when incremental updates are applied, accommodating changes or additions made to the file.