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pdftotext(1)                                                      pdftotext(1)




NAME

       pdftotext  -  Portable Document Format (PDF) to text converter (version
       3.03)


SYNOPSIS

       pdftotext [options] [PDF-file [text-file]]


DESCRIPTION

       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.


OPTIONS

       -f number
              Specifies the first page to convert.

       -l number
              Specifies the last page to convert.

       -r number
              Specifies the resolution, in DPI.  The default is 72 DPI.

       -x number
              Specifies the x-coordinate of the crop area top left corner

       -y number
              Specifies the y-coordinate of the crop area top left corner

       -W number
              Specifies the width of crop area in pixels (default is 0)

       -H number
              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.

       -fixed number
              Assume fixed-pitch (or tabular) text, with the specified charac-
              ter 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.

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

       -listenc
              Lists the available encodings

       -eol unix | dos | mac
              Sets the end-of-line convention to use for text output.

       -nopgbrk
              Don't insert page breaks (form feed characters) between pages.

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

       -upw password
              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.)


BUGS

       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.


EXIT CODES

       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.


AUTHOR

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


SEE ALSO

       pdfdetach(1),  pdffonts(1),  pdfimages(1),  pdfinfo(1),  pdftocairo(1),
       pdftohtml(1), pdftoppm(1), pdftops(1), pdfseparate(1), pdfsig(1), pdfu-
       nite(1)



                                15 August 2011                    pdftotext(1)

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