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A library for parsing various government documents as well as general PDFs

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# Zen Document Parser

## Intro

zen_document_parser is a utility for extracting data from various official documents. It uses [PDFQuery]( behind the scenes.

Currently, there is out-of-the-box support for parsing **Indian Government ITR-V PDF documents.**

The library also supports parsing of arbitrary PDF documents by allowing you to specify a 'schema' for the document. The library allows for multiple 'variants' of a document. For example, The Indian ITR-V document has slightly different fields and layout depending on whether it was generated in 2013, 2014, 2015 etc.

Check out the examples below.

## Installation

Install using [pip]( like so:


$ pip install zen_document_parser

## Usage

### ITR-V Docs


from zen_document_parser.itr.itr import ITRVDocument

# You can pass in a path or a file-like object during instantiation.
doc = ITRVDocument('/path/to/itrv.pdf')

# Will load the file, auto-detect the variant and perform extraction of all
# fields and store results internally.

# Extracted fields are available in the `data` property.


### Configuring for custom PDF documents

You basically follow these steps:

- Define one or more 'schemas', ie. `DocVariant` subclasses, to go with each variant of the doc.
- In each of these variants, define a `check_for_match()` method that returns `True` if a file was successfully parsed.
- Make sure to define `test_fields` as an attribute on each class that is a list of all field names used inside `check_for_match()`. (This is required at present for optimization purposes, but will not be a requirement in an upcoming version.)
- Define a `Doc` subclass that represents your document. In the `variants` attribute, specify possible variants.


from zen_document_parser.base import DocField, DocVariant, Document

class Variant1(DocVariant):

# The fields that are used inside `check_for_match()`. (for optimization)
test_fields = ['form_title']

form_title = DocField((30, 300, 500, 380))
name = DocField((100, 120, 400, 140.5))
address = DocField((150, 90, 650, 110))

def check_for_match(self):
if self.form_title == 'Application Form For 2014':
return True
return False

class Variant2(DocVariant):

test_fields = ['form_title']

form_title = DocField((30, 290, 500, 380))
name = DocField((70, 140, 350, 160))
address = DocField((150, 120, 650, 140))
pan_no = DocField((150, 80, 650, 100))

def check_for_match(self):
if self.form_title == 'Application Form For 2015-16':
return True
return False

class MyForm(Document):

variants = [Variant1, Variant2]

def main():
doc = MyForm('/path/to/form.pdf')


- Hanle data-type specification
- Handle fields being mandatory/non-mandatory.
- Right now the user has to explicitly specify `test_fields` for optimization purposes. Find a way where this isn't needed.
- Automatically load them the first time they're referred to? `extract()` can still be there as a way to bulk-load all fields in one go.

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