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


       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.


       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, /etc/xpdf/xpdfrc.  See the
       xpdfrc(5) man page for details.


       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.

              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.

       -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.

              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)).
              The encoding name is case-sensitive.  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]

              Don’t insert page breaks (form feed characters)  between  pages.
              [config file: textPageBreaks]

       -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.)


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


       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 1996-2007 Glyph
       & Cog, LLC.


       xpdf(1),    pdftops(1),    pdfinfo(1),    pdffonts(1),     pdftoppm(1),
       pdfimages(1), xpdfrc(5)

                                27 Febuary 2007                   pdftotext(1)