Portable Document Format (PDF) font analyzer (version 3.03)


pdffonts [options] [PDF-file]


Pdffonts lists the fonts used in a Portable Document Format (PDF) file along with various information for each font.

The following information is listed for each font:

name the font name, exactly as given in the PDF file (potentially including a subset prefix)

type the font type see below for details

encoding the font encoding

emb "yes" if the font is embedded in the PDF file

sub "yes" if the font is a subset

uni "yes" if there is an explicit "ToUnicode" map in the PDF file (the absence of a ToUnicode map doesn't necessarily mean that the text can't be converted to Unicode)

object ID the font dictionary object ID (number and generation)

PDF files can contain the following types of fonts:

Type 1 Type 1C aka Compact Font Format (CFF) Type 3 TrueType CID Type 0 16-bit font with no specified type CID Type 0C 16-bit PostScript CFF font CID TrueType 16-bit TrueType font


-fnumber Specifies the first page to analyze.

-lnumber Specifies the last page to analyze.

-subst List the substitute fonts that poppler will use for non embedded fonts.

-opwpassword Specify the owner password for the PDF file. Providing this will bypass all security restrictions.

-upwpassword Specify the user password for the PDF file.

-v Print copyright and version information.

-h Print usage information. (-help and --help are equivalent.)


The Xpdf tools use the following exit codes:

0 No error.

1 Error opening a PDF file.

2 Error opening an output file.

3 Error related to PDF permissions.

99 Other error.


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The pdffonts software and documentation are copyright 1996 Glyph & Cog, LLC.

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