Add PDF descriptions via XML files

This article is going to tell you how to add PDF descriptions via XML files by using Advanced PDF Tools Command Line. It is an ideal tool to edit PDF files. The operation of it is simple, see below steps.

Step 1 click the following link to download Advanced PDF Tools

please unpack it when download is finished.

Step 2 launch the MS-DOS command prompt window. Because the command line is bound to be operated under the MS-DOS environment. The procedure is easy, and the following pictures will guide you.

1) click “start” and then go to “Run”

click “start” and then go to “Run”

2) input cmd into the following

run dialog

3) press “ok”, you will find MS-DOS command prompt window popping up

command prompt

Step 3 input command line to add PDF descriptions via XML files

it goes below

pdftools.exe -i "C:\input.pdf" -o "C:\output.pdf" -e "C:\metadata.xml"    


  1. the option -i is to specify a pdf filename or a directory for input,
  2. the option -o is to specify the pdf file name for output,
  3. -e "C:\metadata.xml" is to select a XML file to add to the input.pdf file.

below is a XLM file that you could find in Advanced PDF Tools folder


when the input is done, press “enter” key, you will see

details command line in display

Step 4 open the file to check the effect, screenshots again

result pic

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