Configuring PDF related stuff for SharePoint 2010 (and 2007) is very simple, yet annoying and often forgotten SharePoint configuration step. There are nice articles (link, link) to help you configure it but when you do it manually chances are you will misconfigure something.

I wrote a simple PowerShell script to automate this, and it will do everything for you > configure PDF Icon and PDF crawling.

Here is what you need to do:

  • Download and install the Adobe PDF iFilter
  • Configure SharePoint Foundation search service via Central Admin (or PowerShell)
  • Download the Adobe PDF icon (select Small 24 x 24, but resize it to 17 x 17) and save it to a folder on your SharePoint server as pdficon_small.gif
  • Download the script below and place it to the same folder as Adobe PDF Icon
  • Run the script as administrator from Powershell shell

Special thanks to Agnes Molnar for testing this script. If you want to learn more about PowerShell and SharePoint 2010 check SharePoint 2010 Unleashed.

Update May 4th 2011.Agnes Molnar – added Adobe to PATH variable

function Get-FileFormatDate {
param( [DateTime]$Date = [DateTime]::now )
return $Date.ToUniversalTime().toString( “yyyy-MM-dd_hh-mm-ss” )
if((Get-PSSnapin | Where {$_.Name -eq “Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell”}) -eq $null) {
Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell;
$continue = Read-Host “This script will change SharePoint configuration files, registry and will restart your IIS! Would you like to continue (Y/N)”
if($continue -eq “Y”)
Write-Host -ForegroundColor Yellow “Configuring PDF Icon…”
$SharePointRoot = “C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\14”;
$DocIconFolderPath = “$SharePointRoot\TEMPLATE\XML”;
$DocIconFilePath = “$DocIconFolderPath\docicon.xml”;
Write-Host “Creating backup of DocIcon.xml file…”
$dateNow = Get-FileFormatDate
$backupFile = “$DocIconFolderPath\Backup_DocIcon_” + $dateNow + “.xml”
Copy-Item $DocIconFilePath $backupFile
$pdfIcon = “pdficon_small.gif”;
while((Get-Item $pdfIcon) -eq $null)
Read-Host “$pdfIcon is missing. Download it from and place it to this folder. Press any key to continue…”;
Copy-Item $pdfIcon “$SharePointRoot\Template\Images”;
$pdfNode = select-xml -path $DocIconFilePath -xpath “/DocIcons/ByExtension/Mapping[@Key=’pdf’]” | select-object -expandProperty Node
if($pdfNode -eq $null)
$xml= \ (Get-Content $DocIconFilePath)
$a = $xml.selectSingleNode(“/DocIcons/ByExtension”)
$addnode = $xml.createElement(“Mapping”)
$keyAttribute = $xml.CreateAttribute(“Key”)
$valueAttribute = $xml.CreateAttribute(“Value”)
Write-Host -ForegroundColor Yellow “Configuring search crawl extension…”
$searchServiceApp = Read-Host “Type the name of your search service application (e.g. Search Service Application)”
$searchApplicationName = Get-SPEnterpriseSearchServiceApplication $searchServiceApp
if($searchApplicationName -ne $null)
if(($searchApplicationName | Get-SPEnterpriseSearchCrawlExtension “pdf”) -eq $null)
$searchApplicationName | New-SPEnterpriseSearchCrawlExtension “pdf”
Write-Host -ForegroundColor Yellow “Updating registry…”
if((Get-Item -Path Registry::”HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office Server\14.0\Search\Setup\Filters\.pdf”) -eq $null)
$item = New-Item -Path Registry::”HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office Server\14.0\Search\Setup\Filters\.pdf”
$item | New-ItemProperty -Name Extension -PropertyType String -Value “pdf”
$item | New-ItemProperty -Name FileTypeBucket -PropertyType DWord -Value 1
$item | New-ItemProperty -Name MimeTypes -PropertyType String -Value “application/pdf”
if((Get-Item -Path Registry::”HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office Server\14.0\Search\Setup\ContentIndexCommon\Filters\Extension\.pdf”) -eq $null)
$registryItem = New-Item -Path Registry::”HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Office Server\14.0\Search\Setup\ContentIndexCommon\Filters\Extension\.pdf”;
$registryItem | New-ItemProperty -Name “(default)” -PropertyType String -Value “{E8978DA6-047F-4E3D-9C78-CDBE46041603}”
[System.Environment]::SetEnvironmentVariable(“PATH”, $Env:Path + “;C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe PDF iFilter 9 for 64-bit platforms\bin”, “Machine”)

Write-Host -ForegroundColor Yellow “Restarting SharePoint Foundation Search Service…”
Restart-Service SPSearch4
Write-Host -ForegroundColor Yellow “Restarting SharePoint Search Service…”
Restart-Service OSearch14
Write-Host -ForegroundColor Yellow “Restarting IIS…”
Write-Host -ForegroundColor Green “Installation completed…”

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