The filtering process could not be initialized. Verify that the file extension is a known type and is correct.

On analyzing SharePoint search crawl logs, found many instances of the error: “The filtering process could not be initialized. Verify that the file extension is a known type and is correct.”

The filtering process could not be initialized. Verify that the file extension is a known type and is correct

Root cause:
This is because, SharePoint server 2007 search crawler doesn’t recognize Office 2010 file types (such as .docx, .pptx, .xlsx,etc).

Solution:

Download and Install Office 2010 Filter pack from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17062 to the Index server.
 
This filter pack installs a few DLLs and resolves the above issue. If you happen to see this error on PDF documents, make sure you have PDF IFilters installed and configured.

Salaudeen Rajack

Salaudeen Rajack - SharePoint Expert with Two decades of SharePoint Experience. Love to Share my knowledge and experience with the SharePoint community, through real-time articles!

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