Portable Document Format (PDF) document information extractor (version 3.03)


Print PDF file information

$ pdfinfo [path/to/file.pdf]

Specify user password for PDF file to bypass security restrictions

$ pdfinfo -upw [password] [path/to/file.pdf]

Specify owner password for PDF file to bypass security restrictions

$ pdfinfo -opw [password] [path/to/file.pdf]


pdfinfo [options] [PDF-file]


Pdfinfo prints the contents of the Info' dictionary (plus some other useful information) from a Portable Document Format (PDF) file.

The Info' dictionary contains the following values:

title subject keywords author creator producer creation date modification date

In addition, the following information is printed:

tagged (yes/no) form (AcroForm / XFA / none) javascript (yes/no) page count encrypted flag (yes/no) print and copy permissions (if encrypted) page size file size linearized (yes/no) PDF version metadata (only if requested)

The options -listenc, -meta, -js, -struct, and -struct-text only print the requested information. The 'Info' dictionary and related data listed above is not printed. At most one of these five options may be used.


-fnumber Specifies the first page to examine. If multiple pages are requested using the " -f" and " -l" options, the size of each requested page (and, optionally, the bounding boxes for each requested page) are printed. Otherwise, only page one is examined.

-lnumber Specifies the last page to examine.

-box Prints the page box bounding boxes: MediaBox, CropBox, BleedBox, TrimBox, and ArtBox.

-meta Prints document-level metadata. (This is the "Metadata" stream from the PDF file's Catalog object.)

-js Prints all JavaScript in the PDF.

-struct Prints the logical document structure of a Tagged-PDF file.

-struct-text Print the textual content along with the document structure of a Tagged-PDF file. Note that extracting text this way might be slow for big PDF files. (Implies -struct.)

-isodates Prints dates in ISO-8601 format (including the time zone).

-rawdates Prints the raw (undecoded) date strings, directly from the PDF file.

-dests Print a list of all named destinations. If a page range is specified using " -f" and " -l", only destinations in the page range are listed.

-encencoding-name Sets the encoding to use for text output. This defaults to "UTF-8".

-listenc Lits the available encodings

-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 pdfinfo software and documentation are copyright 1996-2011 Glyph & Cog, LLC.

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