2 Fast, Free & Best Ways to Remove DRM from PDF in 2020

Tips and Tricks  •   June 21, 2020

We often find that PDFs on the Internet come with digital rights management (DRM) protection. When we want to use the PDF we bought for non-profit personal purpose, we need to remove DRM from PDF. But how can we remove DRM from Adobe digital editions PDF and at the same time keep the best eBook quality? In this article, we collected the best tools that you can rely on to remove DRM protection from Adobe digital editions PDF. They are all easy to use and very friendly for beginners.

Warning: Removing DRM is a highly-controversial subject, and is in fact illegal in some countries, including the US and Canada. We highly suggest you to purchase the rights of the PDF if you want to use them for commercial purpose. Without the copyright permission, you will be in danger of lawsuits and fines.

Real PDF with DRM Protection

We will use real PDF files which are protected with Adobe digital editions DRM and we shall answer How to Remove DRM from PDF without impacting the quality.

Is the DRM protection for PDF’s equals to PDF password Protection?

For Ebook DRM protection, PDF files are a little bit different, A PDF file can have different kind of protections and one have to figure out the difference between the two.

PDF Encryption

Our research indicates that there are at least three broad, general types of protections for PDF files.

User password – Password required to open PDF file, that is to say if you PDF are protected with Open Password, you can’t open the PDF without the Password.
Owner password – prevent copying, editing, printing, etc… If your PDF is protected with an owner password, you can open and view the PDF, but you can’t reuse the content on the PDF .

ADEPT DRM Protection – PDFs with DRM from adobe use something called ADEPT and only some readers are able to deal with it. That is to say if your PDF files are protected with DRM, you can only play it on certain Adobe players and can’t read the PDF on other devices.

If your PDF are protected with open or owner password you need to use an tool like PDF Password Remover to unlock and remove password from PDF. If your PDF can are drm carried, you are not able to read them on other devices. you need to use Adobe PDF DRM Removal. and here we’ll show you how to remove DRM from PDF with 3 different ways.

Make sure PDF files can open on Adobe Digital Editions

To use the 3 methods listed below, you have to make sure that you can read all the PDF files on Adobe Digital Editions at first.

Adobe Digital Editions is an ebook reader software from Adobe Systems. Please Download and install Adobe Digital Editions on your Mac or PC. Click Help – Authorize Computer.

Adobe Digital Editions for Windows

Adobe Digital Editions for Mac

In the opening window , enter you Adobe ID and Password, if you don’t have an Adobe ID, please click Create an Adobe ID to create one.

The decryption key will be generated during the reading process. If you failed to read PDFs on ADE, you are inclined to fail to remove DRM from the PDFs.

if you have drm pdf file that could open in Adobe Reader, not in Digital editions, you should try another converter PDF Reader Converter.

After this step, keep the ADE open and choose an method below to remove DRM from PDF files .

All software’s are shown rank wise taking all aspects into consideration such as output quality, price, ease of use.

Method 1. Remove DRM from PDF with Dedicated tools

Available on: Windows, Mac

Paid and dedicated DRM removals are by far the quickest ways to remove DRM with minimal hassle. Epubor PDF DRM Removal tops our list of dedicated tools as it’s the quickest and easiest to use. It has an very simple interface and is actually one of the most sophisticated PDF and ePub DRM removers out there. It combines DRM removal and formats conversion perfectly. and supports removing DRM protection from kindle books, Kobo books, Nook books, adobe digital editions (ADE), etc. with 1-click. It keeps the best eBook quality and creates a new DRM free e-book file so you don’t need to backup the source files.

The DRM removal process is so simple that we can summarize them in 2 simple steps:
Step 1: Add books to Epub DRM removal.
Step 2: Remove DRM protection from PDF by dragging it from left interface to right.

This is the best and easiest software so Rank is 1
I have also included other software’s which you can choose including free ones and online DRM removal, please keep on reading if you want to see how other tools work.

Steps to Remove PDF DRM with Epubor
Download and install Epubor Ultimate(Available on Mac and Windows).

Step 1: In the left side of the interface click “Adobe” tab. it will detect and list all your PDF files. If, in case your PDF didn’t show in the list, you can add it by click the big Add in the top middle of the interface.

Step 2: Just drag the PDF files which you need to remove DRM from left to right interface, DRM will be removed.

After processing it will list your PDF and mark it as Decrypted. Click on the Decrypted you will get the DRM free PDF files.

See, it is very easy to use, now you can easily read your pdf books on more e-readers or devices like iPad, iPhone, Kobo, Android, Nook, etc. Also, you can now easily print and save you own copy of Digital Edition ebook.

See the video guide on how it works


Easy to use, its fast in removing DRM from PDF or Epub.

Keep the original quality of the PDF and Epub file.

Support removing DRM from ebooks purchased from amazon, kobo, google play, etc.

Epubor costs $24.99 with all functions which is a reasonable price, and in the trial version 20% of the ebook is getting DRM free.


In trial version you cannot get the whole DRM free PDF.

iBooks PDF is not supported by Epubor.

Method 2: Remove Adobe Adept DRM from PDF with Calibre

Available on: Windows, Mac, Linux

Calibre is a free, open source ebook reader that’s available for Windows, Mac and Linux. It is famous for its eBook management function, and with proper plugin you can use Calibre to remove DRM from ebooks upon import. Here we’ll show you how to remove DRM from PDF with DeDRM plugin.

Step 1: Download and open Calibre. (Free)

Step 2. Download DeDRM Plugin and install it.

Run Calibre. Go to “Preference” – Advanced

On the “Advanced” option, find “Plugins” and click it. And then click “Load plugin from file”.

Find the DeDRM_plugin.zip you’ve downloaded previously and load it to Calibre. Click Yes to continue.

Soon the DeDRM will be shown under the “File type plugins”.

Shut down Calibre, and then fire it up once more. Then Click “Add books” to import eBook files to Calibre;

Once the PDFs are loaded into the program, the plugin will automatically remove DRM from it.


The two apps we introduced here should be able to remove the DRM from most of the ebooks you own. Seeing all the results and considering the use each software, I would suggest first one which is Epubor Ultimate. If you find Epubor Ultimate is expensive for your needs or if you have issue like installation or some other issue then go for Calibre, though it is the hardest to get up and running. Other than these two tools, rest of the tools won’t give satisfactory results.