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pdffonts – Portable Document Format (PDF) font analyzer (version 3.03)


pdffonts [options] [PDF-file]


Pdffonts lists the fonts used in a Portable Document Format (PDF) file
along with various information for each font.

The following information is listed for each font:

name the font name, exactly as given in the PDF file (potentially
including a subset prefix)

type the font type — see below for details

the font encoding

emb “yes” if the font is embedded in the PDF file

sub “yes” if the font is a subset

uni “yes” if there is an explicit “ToUnicode” map in the PDF file
(the absence of a ToUnicode map doesn’t necessarily mean that
the text can’t be converted to Unicode)

object ID
the font dictionary object ID (number and generation)

PDF files can contain the following types of fonts:

Type 1
Type 1C — aka Compact Font Format (CFF)
Type 3
CID Type 0 — 16-bit font with no specified type
CID Type 0C — 16-bit PostScript CFF font
CID TrueType — 16-bit TrueType font


-f number
Specifies the first page to analyze.

-l number
Specifies the last page to analyze.

-subst List the substitute fonts that poppler will use for non embedded

-opw password
Specify the owner password for the PDF file. Providing this
will bypass all security restrictions.

-upw password
Specify the user password for the PDF file.

-v Print copyright and version information.

-h Print usage information. (-help and –help are equivalent.)

The Xpdf tools use the following exit codes:

0 No error.

1 Error opening a PDF file.

2 Error opening an output file.

3 Error related to PDF permissions.

99 Other error.


The pdffonts software and documentation are copyright 1996-2011 Glyph &
Cog, LLC.


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15 August 2011 pdffonts