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NAME    [Toc]    [Back]

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

SYNOPSIS    [Toc]    [Back]

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

DESCRIPTION    [Toc]    [Back]

       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.


       Pdftotext  reads  a  configuration  file at startup.  It first tries to
       find the user's private config file, ~/.xpdfrc.	If that doesn't exist,
       it looks for a system-wide config file, typically /usr/local/etc/xpdfrc
       (but this location can be changed when pdftotext is  built).   See  the
       xpdfrc(5) man page for details.

OPTIONS    [Toc]    [Back]

       Many  of  the following options can be set with configuration file commands.
  These are listed in square brackets with the description of the
       corresponding command line option.

       -f number
	      Specifies the first page to convert.

       -l number
	      Specifies the last page to convert.

       -raw   Keep  the  text  in  content stream order.  This is a hack which
	      often "undoes" column formatting, etc.  This option will	likely
	      be  replaced with something more sophisticated when pdftotext is
	      rewritten to use a smarter text placement algorithm.

	      Generate a simple HTML file,  including  the  meta  information.
	      This  simply wraps the text in <pre> and </pre> and prepends the
	      meta headers.

       -enc encoding-name
	      Sets the encoding to use for  text  output.   The  encoding-name
	      must  be	defined  with  the unicodeMap command (see xpdfrc(5)).
	      This defaults to "Latin1" (which is a built-in encoding).  [config
 file: textEncoding]

       -eol unix | dos | mac
	      Sets the end-of-line convention to use for text output.  [config
	      file: textEOL]

       -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.  [config file: errQuiet]

       -cfg config-file
	      Read config-file in place of ~/.xpdfrc or the system-wide config

       -v     Print copyright and version information.

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

BUGS    [Toc]    [Back]

       Some PDF files contain fonts whose encodings have been  mangled	beyond
       recognition.  There is no way (short of OCR) to extract text from these

AUTHOR    [Toc]    [Back]

       The pdftotext software and documentation are copyright 1996-2002  Derek
       B. Noonburg (derekn@foolabs.com).

SEE ALSO    [Toc]    [Back]

       xpdf(1),   pdftops(1),  pdfinfo(1),  pdffonts(1),  pdftopbm(1),	pdfim-
       ages(1), xpdfrc(5)

				  01 Feb 2002			  pdftotext(1)
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