How to: Protect a PDF Document with a Password

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This example shows how a PDF document can be protected using both the owner and user passwords.

Refer to the following topic fro more information: Document Protection

using DevExpress.Pdf;

namespace PDFPasswordProtection
  class Program
    static void Main(string[] args)

      using (PdfDocumentProcessor pdfDocumentProcessor = new PdfDocumentProcessor()) {

        // Load a PDF document.

        // Specify printing, data extraction, modification, and interactivity permissions. 
        PdfEncryptionOptions encryptionOptions = new PdfEncryptionOptions();
        encryptionOptions.PrintingPermissions = PdfDocumentPrintingPermissions.Allowed;
        encryptionOptions.DataExtractionPermissions = PdfDocumentDataExtractionPermissions.NotAllowed;
        encryptionOptions.ModificationPermissions = PdfDocumentModificationPermissions.DocumentAssembling;
        encryptionOptions.InteractivityPermissions = PdfDocumentInteractivityPermissions.Allowed;

        // Specify the owner and user passwords for the document.  
        encryptionOptions.OwnerPasswordString = "OwnerPassword";
        encryptionOptions.UserPasswordString = "UserPassword";

        // Specify the 256-bit AES encryption algorithm.
         encryptionOptions.Algorithm = PdfEncryptionAlgorithm.AES256;

        // Save the protected document with encryption settings.  
        pdfDocumentProcessor.SaveDocument("..\\..\\ProtectedDocument.pdf", new PdfSaveOptions() { EncryptionOptions = encryptionOptions });
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