Caveat: iText may swallow PDF bookmarks. But Jens Stavnstrup tells us in issue FOP that this doesn’t happen if you use iText’s PDFStamper. Here is. I have a requirement to present a PDF on demand in a web application injecting user specific data. I’m looking at both Apache FOP and iText. Dear Author: We have been using Apache FOP to generate FDP files. How does iText compare to FOP? Thanks.

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Law of Demeter in Java – Principle of least Knowle The iText code is for generating one document. With class ColumnText you have a means to write code that decides when a new page should be triggered. All this stuff is ‘missing’ in FOP. Email Required, but never shown. Below is my short comparison on when to use which, Apache FOP If you want to have a fine grained control over the presentation and the layout of the PDF.

Just take a look at the projects that use iText. Sep 3, Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Note that we also compared the ease of use. Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.


There are projects where FOP is the better choice; and there are projects where you’re better off with iText. Apache FOP used to be used but was found to be too slow. It are two completely different products. Exception in thread “main” java.

Java Revisited: Open source Java Libraries to Create PDF documents – iText vs Apache FOP

Sign up using Facebook. It doesn’t have a visual tool. One of the big advantages of using iText is documentation, in fact there iteext a book about it iText in Actionwhich contains lot of examples using iText for generating PDF files in Java.

More then Apache and iText i found Aspose. Bill [ March 11, By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. They both produce PDF, but that’s it. On the contrary ;- When I say iText allows you to define the layout in a more accurate way, is that you don’t have to depend on design decisions of the ihext for instance when it comes to pagination.

Comparing Apache FOP with iText

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies. However, in the side, iText provides better support for PDF post-process such as adding watermarks.


I have to generate a simple PDF document from a little java batch Java 7. No, iText is a developer’s library, not an end user tool. Why not take a look at pdfbox?

I don’t understand why people always want to compare iText with FOP. February 7, at The advantage is obvious speed and memory ; the disadvantage is that you can return to a previous page; but there are ways to work around this. In short, second Edition of this book mainly covers iText 5 along with. Both libraries have been around for a while so I assume people have, but I don’t see much comment on this fact online. However, none of them could solve the problem eventually. Fpp is sorta covered in the JavaRanch Style Guide.

It is pretty complete but has holes that have tripped me up frequently. But the way I see it, that wouldn’t provide more accuracy. The lack of high-level object in PdfBox was a real showstopper in many cases. With a little knowledge, a cast iron skillet is non-stick and lasts a lifetime. The preceding code is based on the FOP 0. The downside of Apache FOP is its limited popularity. Note that this 10, page requirement is not unusual in the financial sector bank statementthe public sector for rop Can’t load IA bit.

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