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Description PDF.co
SITE Small Business
OEM Developer
OEM Site
Licensed Developers using API unlimited 12
Single Developer
Unlimited end-users can install or access your apps from number of locations unlimited from up to 12 locations unlimited unlimited
Use in desktop apps for end-users running under Windows 7/8/Vista/10
(except Windows Server or/and Terminal Server)
yes yes yes yes
Use web and server-side apps for end-users (for non-developers only, no API) yes yes yes yes
Supports serverless platforms 
(AWS Lambda, Azure functions, Azure App Service etc)
yes not supported
requires a dedicated VM or physical server
Max number of production servers (Windows Server on a physical or virtual machine).
+2 additional testing/staging server licenses are included per every single production server.
unlimited 3
production servers
production server
production servers
Max virtual CPUs (vCPU) on Windows Server machine unlimited 8 16 16
Re-use in your own API, Web API, SDK, DLL, EXE, RPA yes not
not allowed
Pay as you go yes new license fixed fee + optional support and updates after 1st year
Access to updates, bug fixes, and latest patches auto downloadable updates only.
1 year is included
next years are 30% of new license price

Help and support from our experts yes yes yes yes
Pricing Free Sign Up Check Pricing – or – Request a Quote
Free Trial Version Free Sign Up Free 60 Day Trial Version
Licensing Agreement Terms of Use View End User License Agreement

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2-3 developers licenses: 15% off
4+ developers 30% offFor 5+ developers please consider Site License or OEM Site License that cover up to 12 developers at the same price.

PDF.co Web API: no

API Server, API License for SDK products: we no longer offer API Server and API License

SDK products: your license key is perpetual and will not expire for applications that were compiled before, even if you don’t renew your subscription to updates and tech support.

If your subscription to updates and technical support has expired and was not renewed, your compiled apps will continue to work without interruption.

If you need to continue development, debugging, recompilation, build apps that use SDK then you need to maintain active subscription for updates and technical  support. Otherwise you must stop using SDK for development, testing, build purposes.

Yes, please Request a Quote

All developers compiling, debugging, testing apps where SDK is used must have a license.

Yes, you may install and activate SDK on both homes and work computers used by the same developer.

Web API: pay as you go accounts and subscription plans are available.

SDK products and Suites: 

Required license type depends on your project type:

  • Outsourcing/contract work (or “work for hire“) your client?
    • each developers on your side and each developer one their side (if test, compiles, debugs the project) must have a license.
  • Product or web app for end-users (without you transferring intellectual property rights permanently to your end-users):
    • get OEM Developer License or OEM Site License or higher. These types of licenses allow you to distribute your end-user app/product to your customers without paying any additional royalties.
  • Web app with automated access or API/automation/integration interface
    • none of our available SDK licenses support them.
  • Tool / SDK for other developers:
    • you need to obtain a custom license.

Sharing licenses between developers (so-called “floating licenses“) is not allowed in any form.

For 5+ developers, we recommend Site License or OEM Site License that cover up to 12 developers at the lesser price comparing to buying licenses for every developer.

If you need to create a product or service for non-licensed developers then you must purchase an API License.

We also have a self-hosted Web API server that you can install on your own server and share access to this web API with multiple developers. This product is called ByteScout API Server. Please also request more information and a Quote

OK for re-use only inside your app/product for end-users (without any automation interfaces/API/web API for direct or indirect automated integration exposed to other unlicensed developers). It is also assumed that this integration is used by the same licensed developer.

Not allowed: creating DLL/SDK/API/web API/automation/RPA interface for other non-licensed developers and/or for providing an integration interface for 3rd party companies (with non-licensed developers). 

If you make software for your client (i.e. your client is “outsourcing” software development to you under “work for hire” type agreement then your client must purchase a license for every developer working on the project on your and their side (for developers maintaining the project).

If you make  “products” for end-users and you are not transferring intellectual rights for your app to your clients (i.e. you are selling “licenses” for your apps) then you need to purchase “OEM Developer License” or similar license for every developer in your company and your end-users can use your app without paying additional fee (assuming they are not developers).

Developer is a person who writes a programming code, creates integration, script, or no-coding integration. This person also can compile, test, build applications or/and create, update, maintain integrations with other apps
End-user is a person who is using your application via a graphical user interface only and who is not a developer.
Location is a unique physical building with end-users inside this building.

Please click here for SDK License.pdf
For PDF.co Web API please check PDF.co Terms of Use

SDK products and Suites: SDKs and Suites documentation

PDF.co Web API: click here

You can also explore video tutorials at ByteScout Academy
PDF.co Web API: Yes
SDK products: No

An application is a software product, application, server-side script, client-side script, or any other type of entity that uses ByteScout files and is directly operated by humans through a Graphical User Interface.
No API or automation interface (which can be used by end-user  process more than 10 documents without any interactions) should be included in the End-User Application

The free trial version (download it here) allows you to evaluate the full set of functionality of products for 60 days. The full version is provided to registered users and it also removes all reminders, demo warnings, and demo watermarks.

PDF.co Web API: Yes!

SDK products and Suites: No.

PDF.co Web API:  runs on the latest versions and no upgrades are required and tech support is included with Business plans and higher.

Renewals for SDK products (when purchase within 60 day grace period after the main term expiration):

  • 70% off discount for +1 additional year
  • 87% off discount / year when purchased for 2+ additional years

Renewals after the 60 day grace period

  • 5% off discount for +1 year


  • New License: $1,000 (1 year of updates and support is included)
  • Renewal pricing after the 1st year:
    • Renewed within 60 day grace period (1 year + 60 days):
      • $300 for +1 additional year
      • $450 for +2 additional years
      • $675 for +3 additional years
    • Renewed after the grace period (after 1 year + 60 days) has expired:
      • $1,000 (new license is required).

In other words, you can get very huge discount if renewed within 1 year and the grace period.

PDF.co Web API: past payments are not refundable but you can always cancel your subscription at any time from this page and you won’t be billed for the next subscription period.

SDK products:

No refunds for SDK products because we provide a 60-day free trial with all functions enabled.

You may also request free extension of the trial period for 60 days more and get 180 days total for your trial.

The only difference between the trial version and the full version is that it randomly inserts the word “Demo” in the result.

You can get fully functional free trial of SDK tools here 

When you purchase a license through FastSpring, you can be charged an applicable local sales tax required by law. If you are European VAT exempt then you need to enter your VAT ID and follow these steps: on the checkout page click on the Enter VAT link and enter your VAT ID and click Apply button. You may need to wait for a little before the total is recalculated and VAT is removed.

If you are Tax Exempt by Law (government agency etc.), please contact us and send us your tax exemption certificate before placing your order.

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Last Update: February 8, 2024