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pdftotext(1)		    General Commands Manual		  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.   If  PDF-
       file is '-', it reads the PDF file from stdin.

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 of-
	      ten  "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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