PDFCreator 3.1.2

Create a free PDF file from any document

PDFCreator is a tool for creating PDF files from documents like DOCs. It works directly from programs like Word.  View full description


  • Converts many formats to PDF
  • Countless options
  • Protect documents with passwords
  • Create graphic files


  • Occasional page number problems


PDFCreator is a tool for creating PDF files from documents like DOCs. It works directly from programs like Word. 

Editor's note: During installation, some antivirus (e.g. NOD32) may detect virus threats. It is a false positive: PDFCreator is guaranteed as safe by our Certified Softonic Antivirus.

Create a perfect PDF in a snap

PDFCreator is a virtual printer for saving files in PDF - it has a huge number of options, from simply rotating the page to the compression level of images and text. For less advanced users we recommend you use the default profile and, at most, choose just one of the preset settings. 

More advanced users, however, can create a customized PDF by playing around with the setup menu. 

Not only that, you can also password protect documents with three different levels of encryption, include a digital signature, as well as automatically sending the document via email or to the printer. 

PDFCreator has different modes of virtual printing, in addition to creating a PDF you can also convert PDF to PNG, JPEG, BMP, TXT, RAW, and many other formats, just by following the same procedure that you used to create the PDF.

Two ways to create PDFs

PDFCreator may initially confuse those who aren't familiar with virtual printers. It's therefore important to know that you must first have already prepared the file you want to convert. So make sure you have a text document, an image, an Excel file, a presentation or an email. 

There are two ways to create the PDF file: 

- Open the document with the native program (for example, if it's a DOC, open it with Microsoft Word), click on Print and choose PDFCreator as your printer. 

- Open PDFCreator, select Document/Add from the toolbar. Choose All Files from the drop-down menu, select the path and click on Save.

A virtual printer that easily creates PDFs

The PDFCreator interface is pretty sparse. The program converts text files to PDF fine, but could give problems with file layouts containing lots of images. If the file doesn't convert properly, you can try alternatives like doPDF or FreePDF

PDFCreator is an excellent solution if you want to, for example, convert a CV to PDF to share but you don't want it to be changed - it's also a great solution for simply avoiding formatting problems.


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PDFCreator 3.1.2

User reviews about PDFCreator

  • jamescarroll876563374

    by jamescarroll876563374

    "A fallen star"

    By far the best PDF virtual printer for Windows... until February 2009 (version 0.9.7). Very sad to see it bundle ad-...   More.

  • davidhenderson

    by davidhenderson

    "Older versions were much better, this one is full of Adware and Spyware."

    Had old old version of pdfcreator that was excellent. This one, however, wiped my browser, installed a load of adware...   More.

  • cliff.shen.5

    by cliff.shen.5

    "very good app"

    Hi there, I need help, is it possible for someone to sell this PDF creator or get licence for it? And merge it into ...   More.

  • XoaMoa

    by XoaMoa

    "The installer contains ADWARE and SPYWARE. "

    Installer contains adware and spyware. People installing this download must be careful not to lick on the adware inst...   More.


    by RFRASM

    "no hyperlinks with pdf creator"

    the pdf creator is fine for simple pdf generating. but if you need to keep existing word file hyperlinks acticve in t...   More.

  • spicameno

    by spicameno

    "Easy to yse PDF Creator"

    Easy to use Creator without the additional watermarks or ads. Easy to save the new PDF file to the correct folder bef...   More.