6 Replies Latest reply on Apr 17, 2018 2:37 AM by terryc3165658

    searching multiple pdfs


      Hello, I am trying to figure out if there is a tool or interface that allows for searching text across multiple PDFs that are listed on a website?

        • 1. Re: searching multiple pdfs
          try67 MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          Yes, it's called Google.

          • 2. Re: searching multiple pdfs
            Dave__M Adobe Community Professional

            Google will find text that is in a PDF,  filetype:pdf to your search, it will only report search findings that are PDF files.


            I hope this is helpful.


            My best,


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            • 3. Re: searching multiple pdfs
              try67 MVP & Adobe Community Professional

              And you can limit it to a specific site by adding this parameter:



              For example:

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              • 4. Re: searching multiple pdfs
                davidk55792832 Level 1

                Those answers are helpful.  Thank you both.  What I'm really trying to find out is if there is a way to go through a collection of links to PDFs on a site and find every mention of a keyword or name or place, with a link to the specific page within each PDF.  Similar to the functionality in advanced search in Reader that allows you to find every instance of a mention-- in context-- with a direct link.  Is there a tool for that?  Or would google be the best option?

                • 5. Re: searching multiple pdfs
                  try67 MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                  I don't think that's possible. You'll probably need to download all of these files and then perform a local search on them to achieve it.

                  • 6. Re: searching multiple pdfs

                    Yes, this is very easy but only after having downloaded them to one folder locally. Assuming you have Adobe Acrobat DC (free) just group the PDF's you want to search in the same folder (wherever takes your fancy) and open them all which will start Adobe Acrobat DC. Then from the menu EDIT | ADVANCED SEARCH or Ctrl -Shift-F and select the radio button "all PDF documents in" and choose the folder you have the PDF documents in. Type or copy paste your search term. You don't have to specifically open every PDF in that folder to search it, but if you open at least one then it will start Adobe DC for you rather than starting it from the menu. (6 and two 3's really). If you have lots of PDF's don't open then all just group in the folder and they will only open when it finds the search term.