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Simple PDF text extraction

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Simple PDF text extraction

import pdftotext

# Load your PDF
with open("lorem_ipsum.pdf", "rb") as f:
    pdf = pdftotext.PDF(f)

# If it's password-protected
with open("secure.pdf", "rb") as f:
    pdf = pdftotext.PDF(f, "secret")

# How many pages?

# Iterate over all the pages
for page in pdf:

# Read some individual pages

# Read all the text into one string

OS Dependencies

These instructions assume you're using Python 3 on a recent OS. Package names may differ for Python 2 or for an older OS.

Debian, Ubuntu, and friends

sudo apt install build-essential libpoppler-cpp-dev pkg-config python3-dev

Fedora, Red Hat, and friends

sudo yum install gcc-c++ pkgconfig poppler-cpp-devel python3-devel


brew install pkg-config poppler python


Currently tested only when using conda:

  • Install the Microsoft Visual C++ Build Tools
  • Install poppler through conda:
    conda install -c conda-forge poppler


pip install pdftotext

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