Protect PDF

This guide will show you how to protect your PDF documents by adding a password. With UniPDF, you can encrypt a document against unauthorized access with UniPDF.

This example create a user password that grants limited access to the PDF document based on the permission levels and an owner password that grants full access to the PDF document.

The Check Permissions guide can be used to check the permissions of a PDF document. For unrestricted access to the PDF document, the user passoword should be left empty.

Before you begin

You should get your API key from your UniCloud account.

If this is your first time using UniPDF SDK, follow this guide to set up a local development environment.

Project setup

Clone the project repository

In your terminal, clone the examples repository. It contains the Go code we will be using for this guide.

git clone

Navigate to the security folder in the unipdf-examples directory.

cd unipdf-examples/security

Configure environment variables

Replace the UNIDOC_LICENSE_API_KEY with API credentials from your UniCloud account.





How it works

Lines 19-27 import the UniPDF packages and other required dependencies.

Lines 29-36 authenticate your request with your UNIDOC_LICENSE_API_KEY with the init function.

The main function in lines 38-57 validates your input and passes them as arguments to the protectPdf function.

Lines 59-107 define the protectPdf function, which takes inputPath, outputPath, userPassword and ownerPassword as arguments. This is where you get to define the permssions available to users.

The protectPdf function checks to see if the input PDF has already been encrypted with pdfReader, if not, it encrypts the document and writes the encrypted PDF document to the output path using pdfWriter.

Run the code

Run this command to protect the PDF with password(s). This will also get all the required dependencies to run the program.

go run pdf_protect.go input.pdf <user-pass> <owner-pass> output.pdf

Sample output

The encrypted PDF will be saved to your currrent directory in the specified output path,output.pdf. Open the encrypted PDF in any PDF viewer and use the user password or owner password to view its content.

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