iFilters – For Microsoft Search (inc SharePoint, SQL Server, Desktop)

iFilters are “translators” that Microsoft products can use to enable search indexing of different file types.

Products that take advantage of iFilters include;
– SharePoint (2010)
– SQL Server (In particular the “SQL Server Full Text Search” service)
– Windows Desktop Search


  • Microsoft Office – (Includes; 2010, 2007, 2003, OneNote, Visio, Publisher, ODF and Zip)
  • PDF – 64-bit (Adobe), 32-bit (Adobe)
  • WordPerfect (32 & 64 bit)
  • RTF (Direct link to file, extracted files include instructions)
  • Archives (ZIP, CAB, EXE, RAR) (NOT free)
  • PDF – FoxIT (64-bit) (NOT free, but the Adobe 64-bit PDF iFilter can be slow)

Useful iFilter Links

A site which, whilst a little outdated, provides some good iFilter information;

A “shop” for iFilters, be aware that most commonly required ones are free, above!

Resource of downloadable iFilters (This site can be quite slow to load)

Full SharePoint 2010 iFilter list;

Setup SharePoint 2007 Office 2010 iFilters;

Clear instructions on setting up an iFilter;


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