How to Download / Install TRACES PDF Generation Utility & Procedure to convert text file into PDF

Download TRACES PDF Generation Utility

Deductor can download TDS Certificate (Form 16 (Part A) and Form 16A) from TRACES. The file will be provided in text format and will contain certificate details for all requested PANs. Text file is password protected and password will be ‘<TAN>’.

Deductor will have to convert the text file into PDF using TRACES PDF Generation Utility. This utility will convert the text file into individual PDFs for each PAN. The same utility can be used to convert text file for Form 16 / 16A.

Procedure to install utility

  • Download the PDF Generation Utility by logging in to TRACES. Click on ‘Requested Downloads’ under ‘Downloads’ menu then click on ‘TRACES PDF Generation Utility’ link
  • Unzip and save the utility on your desktop
  • Double-click on the utility (exe) and click on ‘Run’
  • Utility will be installed on your desktop
  • Go on below link  for installation procedure –

Alternate Link to Download PDF Convertor :-
Procedure to convert text file into PDF

  • Open the utility from your desktop and select the text file
  • Select the digital signature to digitally sign the Form 16 / 16A
  • Generate PDFs
  • If PDF is not digitally signed, deductor should manually sign the printed Form 16 / 16A before sending it to Tax Payers


  • TRACES PDF Generation Utility should be used to convert text file for Form 16 / 16A into individual PDFs
  • Download the utility and install it on your desktop
  • Pass the text file through the utility to generate PDFs for individual PANs
  • You can opt for manual / digital signature for the PDFs
  • File name for Form 16 / 16A text file will be as mentioned below. TAN will be masked
    • Form 16 – <TAN>_Form16_<FY>, e.g.,
    • Form 16A – <TAN>_Form16A_<FY>_<Qtr>, e.g.,
  • Password for Form 16 / 16A text file is TAN of deductor. Enter password to open file
  • File name for individual PDF files will be as mentioned below. PAN will be masked
    • Form 16 – Form16_<FY>_<PAN>, e.g., Form16_2012-13_ABCxxxxx4F
    • Form 16A – Form16A_<FY>_<Qtr>_<PAN>, e.g., Form16A_2012-13_Q2_ABCxxxxx4F
  • There is no password for individual PDF files

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0 responses to “How to Download TRACES PDF Utility & convert text file into PDF”

  1. SHIRISH says:

    not found the option for Digital Signatue .pfx for generating TDS Certificate from TDSCPC (TRACE)

  2. Uday E Botale says:

    Unable to download PDF Converter Utility from TRACES.
    The Zip file giving error every time while unzip process.
    TRACES Download Manager doesn’t work at all.

  3. Nigam VB says:

    Thanks for information Sharing.
    Currently website “ ” is not working

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