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PdfDeferredSignatureBuilder Class

Allows you to build a signature for a document hash.

Namespace: DevExpress.Pdf

Assembly: DevExpress.Pdf.v24.1.Core.dll

NuGet Package: DevExpress.Pdf.Core


public class PdfDeferredSignatureBuilder :


You can build a signature for a new or existing form field. Use the PdfSignatureFieldInfo object to create a new signature field. Pass the name of an existing field to apply a signature to it.

Pass the PdfDeferredSignatureBuilder object to the PdfDocumentSigner.SignDeferred method to add a signature to the document and obtain the document hash.

The code sample below uses a document hash to apply a signature externally:

using DevExpress.Office.DigitalSignatures;
using DevExpress.Pdf;

using (var signer = new PdfDocumentSigner(File.OpenRead("SignDemo.pdf")))
  // Specify the information about the signature metadata:
  var digestCalculator = new DigestCalculator(HashAlgorithmType.SHA256);

  var signerInfo = new ExternalSignerInfo(PdfSignatureType.Pkcs7, 8000, digestCalculator);

  // Create a new form field:
  var fieldInfo = new PdfSignatureFieldInfo(1) { SignatureBounds = new PdfRectangle(10, 10, 100, 100) };

  // Apply the metadata to the form field:
  var builder = new PdfDeferredSignatureBuilder(signerInfo, fieldInfo);

  // Add the signature to the document:
  var deferredSigner = signer.SignDeferred(builder);

  // Obtain the document hash and hash algorithm's object identifier:
  var digest = deferredSigner.HashValue;
  var digestAlgorithmOID = digestCalculator.AlgorithmOid;

  // Generate the signature content to insert into the document:
  byte[] signature = CreateSignature(digest, digestAlgorithmOID);

  // Add the signature contents and save the document to the file:
  deferredSigner.Sign("signed.pdf", signature);

static byte[] CreateSignature(byte[] digest, string digestAlgorithmOID)
  var signer = new Pkcs7Signer(@"SignDemo.pfx", "dxdemo");
  byte[] signature = signer.BuildSignature(digest, digestAlgorithmOID);
  return signature;


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