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Python interface to Apache PDFBox command-line tools.

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Provides a simple Python 3 interface to the Apache PDFBox command-line tools.

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Aside from Python 3 and those packages specified in, python-pdfbox requires java to be present in the system path.


The package may be installed as follows:

pip install python-pdfbox

One may specify the location of the PDFBox jar file via the PDFBOX environmental variable. If not set, python-pdfbox looks for the jar file in the platform-specific user cache directory and automatically downloads and caches it if not present.


The interface currently exposes only several features in PDFBox (text extraction, conversion to images, extraction of images):

import pdfbox
p = pdfbox.PDFBox()
p.extract_text('/path/to/my_file.pdf')   # writes text to /path/to/my_file.txt
p.pdf_to_images('/path/to/my_file.pdf')  # writes images to /path/to/my_file1.jpg, /path/to/my_file2.jpg, etc.
p.extract_images('/path/to/my_file.pdf') # writes images to /path/to/my_file-1.png, /path/to/my_file-2.png, etc.


The latest release of the package may be obtained from GitHub.


See the included AUTHORS.rst file for more information.


This software is licensed under the Apache 2.0 License. See the included LICENSE.rst file for more information.

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