Fast recovery of PDF passwords.

Passware  PDF Key

No. 1 tool for recovering PDF passwords

Passware PDF Key is a fast and easy-to-use solution to recover passwords for Adobe Acrobat PDF documents.

Recovers open
passwords fast

Recovers PDF open passwords using advanced password recovery attacks developed for world’s top law enforcement agencies.

Supports all

Works with all versions of Adobe Acrobat, including 11.x. Supports .pdf files.

Removes restrictions instantly

Instantly removes Permissions passwords to modify or print the document.


Recovers multilingual passwords using 20 built-in dictionaries and the ability to add custom dictionaries.

Saves recovery

Automatically saves password recovery progress and can resume the search after it has been stopped. Saves and checks all recovered passwords for other files.

to use

Includes a step-by-step Wizard for easy setup of password recovery settings.

Common use cases

  • There is a need to open an old file that hasn't been used for a while.
  • Employee leaves the company and many files remain protected.
  • People often forget their passwords.
  • There is a need to access important files or financial documents left behind by a family member.

Our password recovery tools have been used in high profile investigations for more than 20 years. Now available for public use!

  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Lahav 433
  • Nasa
  • Deloitte

Frequently asked questions

PDF Key removes Restriction and Modification passwords instantly. To recover a password to open the document, PDF Key assigns brute-force attacks.

No. PDF Key recovers File-open passwords only. To recover Owner passwords, please use Passware Kit Business or Passware Kit Forensic.

Passware Kit supports six basic password recovery attacks (Dictionary, Xieve, Brute-force, Mask, Known Password/Part, Previous Passwords), advanced attacks specific to file types, methods of grouping attacks, and various modifiers to customize attacks. Learn more...

Passware provides a 30-day Money-Back Guarantee when any product does not function as advertised on the website or in help files. Customers are required to produce evidence of the problem, e.g., screenshots, sample files, etc. upon request of the Passware Customer Support representative.

Passware products that do not come with a Software and Maintenance Subscription (SMS) can be updated with a 50% discount off the original price. Minor updates with bug fixes are provided free of charge.

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Professional tool. Free demo.

Download Passware PDF Key free demo for Microsoft Windows and macOS. The Demo version recovers passwords containing no more than 3 characters and is limited to 1 minute.

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