This plugin hasn’t been tested with the latest 3 major releases of WordPress. It may no longer be maintained or supported and may have compatibility issues when used with more recent versions of WordPress.

PDF Password Protect


Protect PDF files by passwords on your WordPress Website.
PDF Password Protect plugin offers an easy way to set passwords and control edit permissions to your PDF files.


  • Add user password to prevent opening the PDF file.
  • Add owner password to disabled PDF file edit permissions:

Permissions to disable

  • copy: copy text from PDF file.
  • print: print the PDF file.
  • comment: add comments to PDF file.
  • comment – fill form: Add comments and fill forms to PDF file.

For more features

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  • Set passwords automatically to uploaded PDF files.

  • Set passwords to bulk PDF files.

  • Remove passwords from PDF files.

  • Overwrite PDF file owner password.

  • Restrict PDF files from view or download

  • Sell WooCommerce Downloadable PDFs protected with a password for each customer.


The plugin needs two packages to be installed on your server in order to handle complex PDF files that have forms – annotations – bookmarks and to handle some PDF files which use Compressed Cross-reference and Object Streams for data structure.

  • QPDF min V 9.1.1
  • GhostScript

How to use

  • Activate the plugin
  • Upload PDF file
  • Access the PDF attachment edit page from media page
  • You can add password to the PDF file from the Sidebar metabox “PDF password options”.

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Does the plugin requires installed packages to run?

The plugin will work without the required packages but will be limited.


October 2, 2023 1 reply
I wanted to password protect a few PDFs and this plugin did exactly what I wanted. It has couple of cons and hope the developer fixes them asap.Please update the plugin so it’s compatible with latest WP version. And, I can’t seem to change/remove password? All fields stay greyed and unclickable. So, a user have to reupload PDF file if they want to change password. Hoping to see these fixes soon. This is a nice plugin. 5* because, it fulfilled what I wanted. Thanks again.
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