eSign document with Digital signature

What is a Digital Signature?

A digital electronic signature is a scheme for verifying the document’s authenticity. A valid digital signature gives a recipient very strong reason to believe that the document was created or updated by a known sender and that the document was not altered by unknown source. For documents, the digital signature is represented by certificate with private (to sign) and public (to verify) keys. Most often certificates of various public key cryptography standards are used for this purpose, for example PFX format (see specification here). These digital signature certificates could be obtained from the operation system or generated manually with proper tools or trusted sources. 

Digital signature as certificate file of PFX format allows to sign document after each creation or change with certificate and specify several optional parameters like subject, title, reason, contact etc. Most document viewers or editors support digital signatures verification that allows users to ensure document is from trusted source. Office documents format such as Word processing documents (DOC, DOCX, ODT, OTT), Spreadsheet files (XLSX, XLS, ODS, OTS) support digital signature without any visual appearance on document pages. PDF document format supports digital signature with alternative visual appearance on specific document page with custom image and labels. Picture below shows how digital signature looks by default on PDF document page..

How to eSign document with Digital signature 

GroupDocs.Signature supports creation of digital signature based on existing PFX certificate. To specify different settings library provides DigitalSignOptions class that allows to adjust digital signature properties in the document:

Here are the steps to add Digital signature into document with GroupDocs.Signature:

This example shows how to sign PDF document with digital e-signature.

Signature signature = new Signature("sample.pdf");

DigitalSignOptions options = new DigitalSignOptions("certificate.pfx");

    // optional: setup image file path

// sign document to file
signature.sign("sampleSigned.pdf", options);

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Advanced Usage Topics 

To learn more about document eSign features, please refer to the advanced usage section.

GitHub Examples  

You may easily run the code above and see the feature in action in our GitHub examples:

Free Online App  

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