Why does PdfStamper create a file with 0 bytes?

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When attempting to encrypt a pdf, I get a zero size file as a result. Any ideas what is causing this?

File f = new File("C://secure_abc.pdf");
FileOutputStream out = new FileOutputStream(f);
PdfReader reader = new PdfReader("C://abc.pdf");
System.out.println("reader.getFileLength(): "+reader.getFileLength());
PdfStamper stamp = new PdfStamper(reader, out);
stamp.setEncryption(null, null,
    PdfWriter.ALLOW_PRINTING, PdfWriter.ENCRYPTION_AES_128);

Posted on StackOverflow on Jul 8, 2014 by integratedsolns

In iText 7 all manipulations with PDF are done using PdfDocument instance. Encryption can be done like this:

PdfReader reader = new PdfReader(src);
WriterProperties props = new WriterProperties()
        .setStandardEncryption("Hello".getBytes(), "World".getBytes(), EncryptionConstants.ALLOW_PRINTING,
                EncryptionConstants.ENCRYPTION_AES_128 | EncryptionConstants.DO_NOT_ENCRYPT_METADATA);
PdfWriter writer = new PdfWriter(new FileOutputStream(dest), props);
PdfDocument pdfDoc = new PdfDocument(reader, writer);
pdfDoc.close();

The problem you faced with, was about not closed PdfStamper. Don’t forget to close the PdfDocument instance from now on.

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