Best PDF Repair Tools in June 2022

While the PDF format is one of the most versatile and practical file formats on the planet, it has a major flaw: its design makes it vulnerable to corruption. It can happen for a number of reasons, but regardless of the cause, it’s important to know that your files are salvageable with the right tool.

updated Jun 17, 2022 4:38 AM

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External Media Repair

Extract Components

Recover Text & Images

File Size Limit

Automated Repair

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iLovePDF logo

iLovePDF

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5.0/5

436 reviews

$4.00

per month, $48.00 billed annually

Unlimited

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Sejda logo

Sejda

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4.2/5

65 reviews

$5.00

One-time payment

50 MB

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Recovery Toolbox logo

Recovery Toolbox

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4.0/5

207 reviews

$12.00

per product

Unlimited

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Kernel logo

Kernel

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3.8/5

208 reviews

$49.00

One-time payment

Unlimited

5

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PDFaid Repair PDF

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3.8/5

5 reviews

Free

20 MB

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Aryson

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3.8/5

119 reviews

$39.00

One-time payment

Unlimited

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PDF4me logo

PDF4me

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3.7/5

8 reviews

$3.00

per month

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AvePDF logo

AvePDF

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3.7/5

7 reviews

Free

256 MB

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PDF Repair logo

PDF Repair

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3.6/5

15 reviews

$27.00

One-time payment

10 MB

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DeftPDF logo

DeftPDF

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3.6/5

5 reviews

Free

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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a PDF Repair Tool?

A PDF repair tool is software that helps you fix corrupt or damaged PDF files and ultimately recover your valuable documents. Some PDF files may simply not open when you try to access them, while others may look correct at first glance, but upon closer examination you might notice missing or broken text, hyperlinks or other lost content. A powerful PDF repair tool can fix most PDF problems, whether that’s restoring corrupted or deleted text and images, or entire pages.

Why do PDF files corrupt?

There are many reasons why PDF files corrupt. This can include download issues (which is usually indicative of an interrupted internet connection), file transfer issues, hard drive or other storage device failure, power failures, improper shutdowns and viruses or malware.

How do you know if you need a PDF Repair Tool?

If you’re receiving an error message that informs you of a file error of any kind, whether it’s unreadable by the software or not understood by the software, any one of these is usually indicative that the file is corrupted, but a repair is possible. Even if you don’t get one of these errors and the PDF simply won’t open, you may still be able to recover your file.


It’s also worth trying to open the file with a browser instead of a PDF reader first. If the file still doesn’t open, then a repair tool is likely your next step.

What are the types of PDF Repair Tools?
Online

Useful for remote working or if you’re away from your usual computer. Many online tools allow direct upload from the cloud. These are good for minor repairs.


Offline

A downloadable tool that you install to your PC, offline PDF repair utilities are more comprehensive in what kind of damage they can fix.

What are the key features of a PDF Repair Tool?

Aside from the quick repair and restoration of files, most PDF repair tools have several other capabilities that make restoring your data more practical. Being able to extract images, text, links, bookmarks and notes from the PDF file, maintaining the formatting and integrity, repairing several PDF files at once and the creation of a new or merged PDF with the recovered data.

Who uses PDF Repair Tools?

More people use PDF repair tools than you at first might think— many repair tools are simple and easy to use due to the wide range of people requiring the use of one. Fixing a PDF manually is possible, but is time-consuming and frustrating and may not guarantee results, hence PDF repair tools are as important as the format is useful.


Businesses

Companies are heavily dependent on PDFs, so their files need to be error free, ensuring business goals are achieved.


The General Public

Many instruction documents and manuals are saved as PDFs, so corrupt files can be very problematic.

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