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I am writing a document using LaTeX and generating PDF. Can anybody tell me how I can generate the PDF metadata, e.g. author or title, from LaTeX? On Windows XP, I am using MikTex's texify to generate the PDF. On linux, I am using pdflatex to generate the PDF. Any answers for either platform would be much appreciated!

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Use the hyperref package, included in pretty much every latex distribution these days.

            pdfauthor={Your Name},
            pdftitle={The Title},
            pdfsubject={The Subject},
            pdfkeywords={Some Keywords},
            pdfproducer={Latex with hyperref, or other system},
            pdfcreator={pdflatex, or other tool}]{hyperref}
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it might be worth adding a note that this is the better answer, especially if using Xe[La]TeX –  Brent.Longborough Aug 25 '11 at 23:38
What's the difference between pdfproducer and pdfcreator? –  lpdbw Aug 10 '12 at 9:59
What's the difference between your two solutions? @Brent.Longborough why this solution is better? –  Red Jun 24 '13 at 15:33
@red The other one's in an alien format; one more piece of (IMO) unnecessary brain overload. –  Brent.Longborough Jun 25 '13 at 15:38

Use the \pdfinfo macro, where the contents are given in PDF notation:

   /Author (Nicola Talbot)
   /Title  (Creating a PDF document using PDFLaTeX)
   /CreationDate (D:20040502195600)
   /Subject (PDFLaTeX)
   /Keywords (PDF;LaTeX)

(Source: http://theoval.cmp.uea.ac.uk/~nlct/latex/pdfdoc/pdfdoc/pdfdoc.html)

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Wow, that's even more ugly than TeX :P –  naught101 Sep 6 '12 at 6:07

You explicitly asked for generating the metadata from LaTeX, and using one of the answers of Ken Bloom seems the right way for me.

For the case that you want to add metadata to a file not created with LaTex (or an existing pdf you do not want to recompile) I just wanted to point you to http://www.bureausoft.com/products.html#PDF%20Info%20%28Freeware%29 which is a free Windows programme to change the pdf metadata. (I do not recommend this instead of the pdfLaTeX way!)

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