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A Python binding to poppler-cpp

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python-poppler is a Python binding to the poppler-cpp library. It allows to read, render, or modify PDF documents. More specifically, it currently allows to:

  • read an modify document meta data;
  • list and read embedded documents;
  • list the fonts used by the document;
  • search or extract text on a given page of the document;
  • render a page to a raw image;
  • get info about transitions effects between the pages;
  • read the table of contents of the document.

How to build

This package is currently distributed as source only, and is currently tested on Linux only. It requires poppler 0.62 or higher (but 0.87 is recommended). I will provide a WIndows build once I figure out how to compile poppler for Windows.

You need poppler-cpp with headers, python (3.7 or 3.8) with headers, and cmake. On Arch linux, you need the poppler package. On Ubuntu, you need to install libpoppler-cpp-dev.

The whole build process is handled by the file.

For instance, to install in the current environment:

$ python install

This will compile the binary packages, and install the library.

Tests are run using tox:

$ tox


The package is installed as poppler. It follows the interface of poppler-cpp. Therefore, you can refer to the documentation of the C++ library.


from poppler import load_from_file, PageRenderer

pdf_document = load_from_file("sample.pdf")
page_1 = pdf_document.create_page(0)
page_1_text = page_1.text()

renderer = PageRenderer()
image = renderer.render_page(page_1)
image_data =

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