We study the approximate analytical solutions of the Dirac equation for the generalized Woods-Saxon potential with the pseudo-centrifugal term. We apply the Nikiforov-Uvarov method (which solves a second-order linear differential equation by reducing it to a generalized hypergeometric form) to spin- and pseudospin-symmetry to obtain, in closed form, the approximately analytical bound state energy eigenvalues and the corresponding upper- and lower-spinor components of two Dirac particles. The special cases κ = ±1 (s = $$
$$ = 0, s-wave) and the non-relativistic limit can be reached easily and directly for the generalized and standard Woods-Saxon potentials. We compare the non-relativistic results with those obtained by others.