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PDF-XChange Editor


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This package was approved as a trusted package on 9/12/2019.

Designed for anyone from home users to large corporate environments that wish to View/Edit/Modify and even OCR Image based PDF files on their Windows PC's. There is now a FREE pdf reader alternative to the Adobe Reader that truly raises the bar! The PDF-XChange Editor is smaller, faster and more feature rich than any other FREE PDF Reader/ PDF Viewer/ PDF Editor available on the market. This free pdf editor download also allows users to try the extended functionality offered by the licensed PDF-XChange Editor in evaluation mode - for free. No PDF reader or Viewer offers more features than PDF-XChange - or does so without compromising performance, quality or security.

Package Parameters

The following package parameters can be set:

  • /NoDesktopShortcuts - Do not create shortcut on desktop.
  • /NoUpdater - Do not install updater service.
  • /NoViewInBrowsers - Do not configure to open PDF files inside browsers.
  • /NoSetAsDefault - Do not set as default application for PDF files.
  • /NoProgramsMenuShortcuts - Do not create program menu group for installed application and their components.
  • /KeyFile:[file] - Pass [file] (which should be a .xcvault file downloaded from Tracker Software) in as your license file.

These parameters can be passed to the installer with the use of -params.
For example: -params '"/NoDesktopShortcuts"', --params "/KeyFile:C:\Users\foo\Temp\PDFXChangeEditor.xcvault".

To install PDF-XChange Editor, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install pdfxchangeeditor

To upgrade PDF-XChange Editor, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade pdfxchangeeditor


  • tools\chocolateyInstall.ps1 Show
    $ErrorActionPreference = 'Stop'; # stop on all errors
    $packageName = 'PDFXchangeEditor' 
    $toolsDir   = "$(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition)"
    $version    = $env:ChocolateyPackageVersion
    $filename   = 'EditorV8.x86.msi'
    $filename64 = 'EditorV8.x64.msi'
    $primaryDownloadUrl = "$filename"
    $primaryDownloadUrl64 = "$filename64"
    $url        = "$version/$filename"
    $url64      = "$version/$filename64"
    $checksum   = 'E12E19F805C259585BFD61941271F89FD7D2810EC51A31DEE2B9FC4977ACF3C3'
    $checksum64 = '85CB406DC09322EDC0B75FC6E2169C0BA1B204C0B51ABAF2A846FAD1F77757B9'
    $lastModified32 = New-Object -TypeName DateTimeOffset 2019, 9, 11, 0, 39, 32, 0 # Last modified time corresponding to this package version
    $lastModified64 = New-Object -TypeName DateTimeOffset 2019, 9, 11, 0, 38, 54, 0 # Last modified time corresponding to this package version
    # Tracker Software have fixed download URLs, but if the binary changes we can fall back to their alternate (but slower) download site
    # so the package doesn't break.
    function CheckDownload($url, $primaryDownloadUrl, [DateTimeOffset] $packageVersionLastModified)
        $headers = Get-WebHeaders -url $primaryDownloadUrl
        $lastModifiedHeader = $headers.'Last-Modified'
        $lastModified = [DateTimeOffset]::Parse($lastModifiedHeader, [Globalization.CultureInfo]::InvariantCulture)
        Write-Verbose "Package LastModified: $packageVersionLastModified"
        Write-Verbose "HTTP Last Modified  : $lastModified"
        if ($lastModified -ne $packageVersionLastModified) {
            Write-Warning "The download available at $primaryDownloadUrl has changed from what this package was expecting. Falling back to FTP for version-specific URL"
        } else {
            Write-Verbose "Primary URL matches package expectation"
    $url = CheckDownload $url $primaryDownloadUrl $lastModified32
    $url64 = CheckDownload $url64 $primaryDownloadUrl64 $lastModified64
    $packageArgs = @{
      packageName   = $packageName
      unzipLocation = $toolsDir
      fileType      = 'MSI'
      url           = $url
      url64bit      = $url64
      silentArgs = '/quiet /norestart'
      validExitCodes= @(0, 3010, 1641)
      softwareName  = 'PDF-XChange Editor'
      checksum = $checksum
      checksumType  = 'sha256' 
      checksum64 = $checksum64
      checksumType64= 'sha256' 
    $arguments = @{}
    $packageParameters = $env:chocolateyPackageParameters
    if ($packageParameters) {
        $match_pattern = "\/(?<option>([a-zA-Z]+)):(?<value>([`"'])?([a-zA-Z0-9- _\\:\.]+)([`"'])?)|\/(?<option>([a-zA-Z]+))"
        $option_name = 'option'
        $value_name = 'value'
        if ($packageParameters -match $match_pattern ){
            $results = $packageParameters | Select-String $match_pattern -AllMatches
            $results.matches | ForEach-Object {
            Throw "Package Parameters were found but were invalid (REGEX Failure)"
        $customArguments = @{}
        if ($arguments.ContainsKey("NoDesktopShortcuts")) {
            Write-Host "You want NoDesktopShortcuts"
            $customArguments.Add("DESKTOP_SHORTCUTS", "0")
        if ($arguments.ContainsKey("NoUpdater")) {
            Write-Host "You want NoUpdater"
            $customArguments.Add("NOUPDATER", "1")
        if ($arguments.ContainsKey("NoViewInBrowsers")) {
            Write-Host "You want NoViewInBrowsers"
            $customArguments.Add("VIEW_IN_BROWSERS", "0")
        if ($arguments.ContainsKey("NoSetAsDefault")) {
            Write-Host "You want NoSetAsDefault"
            $customArguments.Add("SET_AS_DEFAULT", "0")
        if ($arguments.ContainsKey("NoProgramsMenuShortcuts")) {
            Write-Host "You want NoProgramsMenuShortcuts"
            $customArguments.Add("PROGRAMSMENU_SHORTCUTS", "0")
        if ($arguments.ContainsKey("KeyFile")) {
            if ($arguments["KeyFile"] -eq "") {
              Throw 'KeyFile needs a colon-separated argument; try something like this: --params "/KeyFile:C:\Users\foo\Temp\PDFXChangeEditor.xcvault".'
            } else {
              Write-Host "You want a KeyFile named $($arguments["KeyFile"])"
              $customArguments.Add("KEYFILE", $arguments["KeyFile"])
    } else {
        Write-Debug "No Package Parameters Passed in"
    if ($customArguments.Count) { 
        $packageArgs.silentArgs += " " + (($customArguments.GetEnumerator() | ForEach-Object { "$($_.Name)=$($_.Value)" } ) -join " ")
    Install-ChocolateyPackage @packageArgs

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This package has no dependencies.

Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Tracker Software


1997-2017 Tracker Software Products


Release Notes

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
PDF-XChange Editor 8.0.332.0 4027 Wednesday, August 28, 2019 approved
PDF-XChange Editor 8.0.331.0 9077 Tuesday, April 23, 2019 approved
PDF-XChange Editor 7.0.328.2 6862 Tuesday, January 29, 2019 approved
PDF-XChange Editor 7.0.328.1 4445 Tuesday, December 18, 2018 approved
PDF-XChange Editor 7.0.328.0 1073 Saturday, December 15, 2018 approved
PDF-XChange Editor 7.0.327.1 4749 Thursday, October 25, 2018 approved
PDF-XChange Editor 7.0.327.0 3365 Tuesday, October 2, 2018 approved
PDF-XChange Editor 7.0.326.1 7192 Friday, July 27, 2018 approved
PDF-XChange Editor 7.0.326.0 2690 Thursday, July 5, 2018 approved
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