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A simple library to convert rtf to text

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This is a simple library to convert rtf files to python strings. A lot of medical documents are written in rtf format which is not ideal for parsing and further processing. This library converts it to plain old text.

How to use

from striprtf.striprtf import rtf_to_text
rtf = "some rtf encoded string"
text = rtf_to_text(rtf)

Sometimes UnicodeDecodingErrors can happen because of various reasons. In this case you can try to relax the encoding process like this:

from striprtf.striprtf import rtf_to_text
rtf = "some rtf encoded string"
text = rtf_to_text(rtf, errors="ignore")

How to use online

If you don't want to install, there is also an online version available at


Pyth was not working for the rtf files I had. The next best thing was this gist:

Very few additions where made, e.g. better formatting of tables.

Pushing to PyPi

  • pip install twine

Run commands

python sdist bdist_wheel
twine upload -r testpypi dist/*
twine upload -r pypi dist/*

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