Search and Redact PDFs on iOS

PSPDFKit enables you to search and redact text in a PDF document. In this guide, you’ll see how to redact a search term in a document.

First, you’ll have to loop through all the pages in the document to find the search term and mark the matching strings for redaction. To get the text in the document, you’ll need to use TextParser, which you can access via the Document’s textParserForPage(at:) method:

let fileURL = Bundle.main.url(forResource: "Document", withExtension: "pdf")!
let document = Document(url: fileURL)

let wordToRedact = "Personal"

for pageIndex in 0..<document.pageCount {
    if let textParser = document.textParserForPage(at: pageIndex) {
        textParser.words.forEach { word in
        // Redact all the words that contain the search term.
        if word.stringValue.range(of: wordToRedact!) != nil {
            // Create a redaction annotation for each URL and add it to the document.
            let redactionRect = word.frame
            let redaction = RedactionAnnotation()
            redaction.boundingBox = redactionRect
            redaction.rects = [redactionRect]
            redaction.color = .orange
            redaction.fillColor = .black
            redaction.overlayText = "REDACTED"
            redaction.pageIndex = pageIndex
            document.add(annotations: [redaction])

And finally, create a new PDF file for the redacted document by applying redactions using the Processor API, instantiate a Document object, and present it in a PDFViewController, like so:

// Use Processor to create the newly redacted document.
let processorConfiguration = Processor.Configuration(document: document)!

// Apply redactions to permanently redact URLs from the document.

let processor = Processor(configuration: processorConfiguration, securityOptions: nil)
try? processor.write(toFileURL: redactedDocumentURL)

// Instantiate the redacted document and present it.
let redactedDocument = Document(url: redactedDocumentURL)
let pdfController = PDFViewController(document: redactedDocument)
present(UINavigationController(rootViewController: pdfController), animated: true)

For more details about redacting a document using regular expressions, please refer to SearchAndRedactTextExample.swift in the PSPDFKit Catalog app.