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Get started with Python2

Welcome to Apryse. Python2 for the Apryse SDK is supported on both Linux and Windows and has precompiled wrappers available. To get started, choose your preferred platform from the tabs below.

macOS Python Pre-compiled PDF library integration

This guide will help you run Apryse samples and integrate a free trial of the Apryse SDK into Python application on macOS. Your free trial includes unlimited trial usage and support from solution engineers.

There are two ways to use Apryse with Python:

  • Use the precompiled library for Python 2.7.
  • Use PDFNet bindings to build your own wrappers.

This guide will help you get started using the precompiled Python wrappers.


  • Python 2.7.x
Incompatible Python version?
If your version of Python is incompatible with the precompiled wrappers, you can build your own wrapper .
  • Apryse precompiled Python/Ruby SDK for macOS:

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Initial setup

  1. Download the Python and Ruby prebuilt binaries. Make sure you download the right architecture for your Python interpreter.
  2. Extract the downloaded zip file and navigate to it.
  3. Navigate to the /PDFNetC/Lib directory of the Python SDK download and execute:
chmod a+x
  1. Get your Apryse trial key.

Apryse collects some data regarding your usage of the SDK for product improvement.

If you wish to continue without data collection, contact us and we will email you a no-tracking trial key for you to get started.

Run the samples

Run a specific sample

  1. Navigate to the PYTHON folder in the sample, for example /Samples/PYTHON and execute ./

Run all samples

  1. To run all tests, navigate to /Samples and execute the runall_python file:

The tests will run one by one.

Output files will be in /Samples/TestFiles/Output

Integrate into your application

This section will show you how to use our SDK to create a simple Apryse "Hello World!" application. It will create a document with one blank page and save it as a linearized PDF in its running directory.

  1. Navigate to the /Samples directory and create a new directory called myApp (if it does not exist already). This guide will assume your application is named myApp. For organization, create a new directory inside myApp called PYTHON.

  2. Navigate inside that PYTHON directory and create a new Python file called Open it with your favorite text editor and paste this into it:

    import site
    # below is the relative path to Apryse PDFNetC libraries
    import sys
    from PDFNetPython import *
    def main():
        doc = PDFDoc()
        page = doc.PageCreate()         # Start a new page
        doc.PagePushBack(page)          # Add the page to the document
        doc.Save("output.pdf", SDFDoc.e_linearized);  # Save the document as a linearized PDF
        print("Hello World!")
    if __name__ == '__main__':
  3. Run your application via python If all goes well your output should read:

    PDFNet is running in demo mode.
    Permission: write
    Hello World!

Check the output.pdf that the program output in the same directory. It should be a PDF with one blank page.

Next step

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Also check out the source for the PDFNetC wrappers.


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