Portable Document Format (PDF) to text converter (version 3.03)
pdftotext [options] [PDF-file [text-file]]
Pdftotext converts Portable Document Format (PDF) files to plain text.
Pdftotext reads the PDF file, PDF-file, and writes a text file, text-file. If text-file is not specified, pdftotext converts file.pdf to file.txt. If text-file is -', the text is sent to stdout.
-fnumber Specifies the first page to convert.
-lnumber Specifies the last page to convert.
-rnumber Specifies the resolution, in DPI. The default is 72 DPI.
-xnumber Specifies the x-coordinate of the crop area top left corner
-ynumber Specifies the y-coordinate of the crop area top left corner
-Wnumber Specifies the width of crop area in pixels (default is 0)
-Hnumber Specifies the height of crop area in pixels (default is 0)
-layout Maintain (as best as possible) the original physical layout of the text. The default is to undo' physical layout (columns, hyphenation, etc.) and output the text in reading order.
-fixednumber Assume fixed-pitch (or tabular) text, with the specified character width (in points). This forces physical layout mode.
-raw Keep the text in content stream order. This is a hack which often "undoes" column formatting, etc. Use of raw mode is no longer recommended.
-nodiag Discard diagonal text (i.e., text that is not close to one of the 0, 90, 180, or 270 degree axes). This is useful for skipping watermarks drawn on body text.
-htmlmeta Generate a simple HTML file, including the meta information. This simply wraps the text in <pre> and </pre> and prepends the meta headers.
-bbox Generate an XHTML file containing bounding box information for each word in the file.
-bbox-layout Generate an XHTML file containing bounding box information for each block, line, and word in the file.
-encencoding-name Sets the encoding to use for text output. This defaults to "UTF-8".
-listenc Lists the available encodings
-eolunix | dos | mac Sets the end-of-line convention to use for text output.
-nopgbrk Don't insert page breaks (form feed characters) between pages.
-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.
-q Don't print any messages or errors.
-v Print copyright and version information.
-h Print usage information. (-help and --help are equivalent.)
Some PDF files contain fonts whose encodings have been mangled beyond recognition. There is no way (short of OCR) to extract text from these files.
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.
The pdftotext software and documentation are copyright 1996-2011 Glyph & Cog, LLC.