Foxit PDF SDK for iOS

How to Apply Signatures with Foxit PDF SDK for iOS

A PDF Signature can be used to create and sign digital signatures on PDF documents, which protects the security of documents’ contents and avoids it from being tampered with maliciously. It can let the receiver ensure that the document is released by the signer and the contents of the document are complete and unchanged. Foxit PDF SDK provides APIs to create a digital signature, verify the validity of the signature, delete existing digital signatures, get and set properties of a digital signature, display a signature and customize the appearance of the signature form fields.

Note: Foxit PDF SDK provides default Signature callbacks which supports the following two types of signature filter and subfilter:

  1. filter: Adobe.PPKLite – subfilter: adbe.pkcs7.detached
  2. filter: Adobe.PPKLite – subfilter: adbe.pkcs7.sha1

If you use one of the above signature filters and subfilters, you can sign a PDF document and verify the validity of the signature by default without needing to register a custom callback.


How to sign a PDF document and verify the signature

#import "ViewController.h"
- (void)addNewSignatureAndSign: (FSPDFPage*)page rect: (FSRectF*)rect {
    // Add a new signature on the specified page rect.
    FSSignature* signature = [page addSignature:rect];
    // Set the appearance flags, if the specified flag is on, then the associated key will be displayed on the signature appearance.
    [signature setAppearanceFlags:FSSignatureAPFlagLabel|FSSignatureAPFlagDN|FSSignatureAPFlagText|
    // Set signer.
    [signature setKeyValue:FSSignatureKeyNameSigner value:@"Foxit"];
    // Set location.
    [signature setKeyValue:FSSignatureKeyNameLocation value:@"AnyWhere"];
    // Set reason.
    [signature setKeyValue:FSSignatureKeyNameReason value:@"AnyReason"];
    // Set contact info.
    [signature setKeyValue:FSSignatureKeyNameContactInfo value:@"AnyInfo"];
    // Set domain name.
    [signature setKeyValue:FSSignatureKeyNameDN value:@"AnyDN"];
    // Set description.
    [signature setKeyValue:FSSignatureKeyNameText value:@"AnyContent"];
    // Filter "Adobe.PPKLite" is supported by default.
    [signature setFilter:@"Adobe.PPKLite"];
    // SubFilter "adbe.pkcs7.sha1" or "adbe.pkcs7.detached" are supported by default.
    [signature setSubFilter:@"adbe.pkcs7.detached"];
    // The input PKCS#12 format certificate, which contains the public and private keys.
    NSString* certPath = @"/somewhere/cert.pfx";
    // Password for that certificate.
    NSString* certPassword = @"123";
    NSString* signedPDFPath = @"/somewhere/signed.pdf";
    // Start to sign the signature, if everything goes well, the signed PDF will be saved to the path specified by "save_path".
    FSProgressive* progress = [signature startSign:certPath cert_password:certPassword digest_algorithm:FSSignatureDigestSHA1 save_path:signedPDFPath client_data:nil pause:nil];
    if(progress) {
        FSProgressiveState state = [progress resume];
        while(state == FSProgressiveToBeContinued)
            state = [progress resume];
        if(state != FSProgressiveFinished)
    // Get the signatures from the signed PDF document, then verify them all.
    FSPDFDoc* pdfDoc = [[FSPDFDoc alloc] initWithPath:signedPDFPath];
    FSErrorCode err = [pdfDoc load:nil];
    if(err != FSErrSuccess) return;
    int count = [pdfDoc getSignatureCount];
    for(int i=0; iif(signature) {
            FSProgressive *progress = [signature startVerify:nil pause:nil];
            if (progress != nil) {
                FSProgressiveState state = [progress resume];
                while (FSProgressiveToBeContinued == state) {
                    state = [progress resume];
                if(state != FSProgressiveFinished)
            int verifiedState = [signature getState];
            if(verifiedState & FSSignatureStateVerifyValid)
                NSLog(@"Signature %d is valid.", i);

Updated on July 21, 2021

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