Add PDF metadata information to PDF files

Metadata consist of information that characterizes data. And it is used to provide documentation for data products. In essence, metadata answer who, what, when, where, why, and how about every facet of the data that are being documented. This article is going to tell you how to add PDF metadata information to PDF files by using Advanced PDF Tools Command Line. It is an ideal tool to edit PDF files. The operation 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 metadata information to PDF 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

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact by live support.

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One Reply to “Add PDF metadata information to PDF files”

  1. Hallo, I need to check about 65.000 pdf files spreaded into 500 folders in order to find some file which is corrupted, and I need a log telling me: this “filename” is corrupted…
    and where it is (folder).
    I downloaded pdftools.exe and I tried the -M option that should be: check the pdf integrity into a folder and other subdirectory, but it doesn’t work (the version I’m using is the one downloaded from your website today) I don’t know how to say that it must check a folder and subdirectory and also, the answer xx files are corrupted is not useful for me, I need the filename and path….
    So, I can also buy the registered version, but I have to be shure it will work for my needs.

    Thank in advance,

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