## Project description

Python library and command line tool for parsing pdf bank statements

Inspired by https://github.com/antonburger/pdf2csv

## Objectives

Banks generally send account statements in pdf format. These pdfs are often encrypted, the pdf format is difficult to extract tables from and when you finally get the table out it's in a non tidy format. This package aims to help by providing a library of functions and a set of command line tools for converting these statements into more useful formats such as csv files and pandas dataframes.

## Installation

Python software can optionally be installed in a virtual environment to eliminae system conflicts as described here eg for Windows:

python -m venv ./venv/psr
.\venv\psr\scripts\activate
cd .\venv\psr


Use deactivate to return to the normal system.

pip install pdf-statement-reader


### Troubleshooting

This package uses tabula-py under the hood, which itself is a wrapper for tabula-java. You thus need to have java installed for it to work. If you have any errors complaining about java, checkout out the tabula-py page for troubleshooting advice.

In the future, we hope to move to a pure python implementation.

## Usage

The package provides a command line application psr

Usage: psr [OPTIONS] COMMAND [ARGS]...

Utility for reading bank and other statements in pdf form

Options:
--help  Show this message and exit.

Commands:
bulk      Bulk converts all files in a folder
decrypt   Decrypts a pdf file Uses pikepdf to open an encrypted pdf file...
pdf2csv   Converts a pdf statement to a csv file using a given format
validate  Validates the csv statement rolling balance


## Configuration

PDF files are notoriously difficult to extract data from. (Here's a nice blog post on why). For a really good semi-manual GUI solution, check out tabula. In fact this package uses tabula's pdf parsing library under the hood.

Since bank statements are generally of the same (if inconvenient) format, we can set up a configuration to tell the tool how to grab the data.

For each type of bank statement, the exact format will be different. A config file holds the instructions for how to process the raw pdf. For now the only config supported is for Cheque account statements from Absa bank in South Africa.

To set up a different statement, you can simply add a new config file and then tell the psr tool to use it. These config files are stored in a folder structure as follows:

config > [country code] > [bank] > [statement type].json


So for example the default config is stored in

config > za > absa > cheque.json


The config spec is a code of the form

[country code].[bank].[statement type]


Once again for the default this will be

za.absa.cheque


The configuration file itself is in JSON format. Here's the Absa cheque account one with some commentary to explain what each field does.

{
"$schema": "https://raw.githubusercontent.com/marlanperumal/pdf_statement_reader/develop/pdf_statement_reader/config/psr_config.schema.json", // Describes the page layout that should be scanned "layout": { // Default layout for all pages not otherwise defined "default": { // The page coordinates in containing the table in pts // [top, left, bottom, right] "area": [280, 27, 763, 576], // The right x coordinate of each column in the table "columns": [83, 264, 344, 425, 485, 570] }, // Layout for the first page "first": { "area": [480, 27, 763, 576], "columns": [83, 264, 344, 425, 485, 570] } }, // The columns names to be used as they exactly appear // in the statement "columns": { "trans_date": "Date", "trans_type": "Transaction Description", "trans_detail": "Transaction Detail", "debit": "Debit Amount", "credit": "Credit Amount", "balance": "Balance" }, // The order of the columns to be output in the csv "order": [ "trans_date", "trans_type", "trans_detail", "debit", "credit", "balance" ], // Specifies any cleaning operations required "cleaning": { // Convert these columns to numeric "numeric": ["debit", "credit", "balance"], // Convert these columns to date "date": ["trans_date"], // Use this date format to parse any date columns "date_format": "%d/%m/%Y", // For cases where the transaction detail is stored // in the next line below the transaction type "trans_detail": "below", // Only keep the rows where these columns are populated "dropna": ["balance"] } }  These were the configuration options that were required for the default format. It is envisaged that as more formats are added, the list of options will grow. This format is also captured in pdf_statement_rader/config/psr_config.schema.json as a json-schema. If you're using vscode or some other compatible text editor, you should get autocompletion hints as long as you include that $schema tag at the top of your json file.

A key part in setting up a new configuration is getting the page coordinates for the area and columns. The easiest way to do this is to run the tabula GUI, autodetect the page areas, save the settings as a template, then download and inspect json template file. It's not a one-to-one mapping to the psr config but hopefully it will be a good starting point.

## CLI API

### decrypt

Usage: psr decrypt [OPTIONS] INPUT_FILENAME [OUTPUT_FILENAME]

Decrypts a pdf file

Uses pikepdf to open an encrypted pdf file and then save the unencrypted
version. If no output_filename is specified then overwrites the original
file.

Options:
-p, --password TEXT  The pdf encryption password. If not supplied, it will
be requested at the prompt
--help               Show this message and exit.


### pdf2csv

Usage: psr pdf2csv [OPTIONS] INPUT_FILENAME [OUTPUT_FILENAME]

Converts a pdf statement to a csv file using a given format

Options:
-c, --config TEXT  The configuration code defining how the file should be
parsed  [default: za.absa.cheque]
--help             Show this message and exit.


### validate

Usage: psr validate [OPTIONS] INPUT_FILENAME

Validates the csv statement rolling balance

Options:
-c, --config TEXT  The configuration code defining how the file should be
parsed  [default: za.absa.cheque]
--help             Show this message and exit.


### bulk

Usage: psr bulk [OPTIONS] FOLDER

Bulk converts all files in a folder

Options:
-c, --config TEXT          The configuration code defining how the file
should be parsed  [default: za.absa.cheque]
will be requested at the prompt
-d, --decrypt-suffix TEXT  The suffix to append to the decrypted pdf file
when created  [default: _decrypted]
-k, --keep-decrypted       Keep the a copy of the decrypted file. It is
removed by default
-v, --verbose              Print verbose output while running
--help                     Show this message and exit.


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