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.\" Copyright 1997-2011 Glyph & Cog, LLC
.TH pdftotext 1 "15 August 2011"
pdftotext \- Portable Document Format (PDF) to text converter
(version 3.03)
.B pdftotext
.RI [ PDF-file
.RI [ text-file ]]
.B Pdftotext
converts Portable Document Format (PDF) files to plain text.
Pdftotext reads the PDF file,
.IR PDF-file ,
and writes a text file,
.IR text-file .
.I text-file
is not specified, pdftotext converts
.I file.pdf
.IR file.txt .
.I text-file
is \'-', the text is sent to stdout.
.BI \-f " number"
Specifies the first page to convert.
.BI \-l " number"
Specifies the last page to convert.
.BI \-r " number"
Specifies the resolution, in DPI. The default is 72 DPI.
.BI \-x " number"
Specifies the x-coordinate of the crop area top left corner
.BI \-y " number"
Specifies the y-coordinate of the crop area top left corner
.BI \-W " number"
Specifies the width of crop area in pixels (default is 0)
.BI \-H " number"
Specifies the height of crop area in pixels (default is 0)
.B \-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.
.BI \-fixed " number"
Assume fixed-pitch (or tabular) text, with the specified character
width (in points). This forces physical layout mode.
.B \-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
.B \-htmlmeta
Generate a simple HTML file, including the meta information. This
simply wraps the text in <pre> and </pre> and prepends the meta
.B \-bbox
Generate an XHTML file containing bounding box information for each
word in the file.
.BI \-enc " encoding-name"
Sets the encoding to use for text output. This defaults to "UTF-8".
.B \-listenc
Lits the available encodings
.BI \-eol " unix | dos | mac"
Sets the end-of-line convention to use for text output.
.B \-nopgbrk
Don't insert page breaks (form feed characters) between pages.
.BI \-opw " password"
Specify the owner password for the PDF file. Providing this will
bypass all security restrictions.
.BI \-upw " password"
Specify the user password for the PDF file.
.B \-q
Don't print any messages or errors.
.B \-v
Print copyright and version information.
.B \-h
Print usage information.
.RB ( \-help
.B \-\-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:
No error.
Error opening a PDF file.
Error opening an output file.
Error related to PDF permissions.
Other error.
The pdftotext software and documentation are copyright 1996-2011 Glyph
& Cog, LLC.
.BR pdfdetach (1),
.BR pdffonts (1),
.BR pdfimages (1),
.BR pdfinfo (1),
.BR pdftocairo (1),
.BR pdftohtml (1),
.BR pdftoppm (1),
.BR pdftops (1)