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Resume Wikipedia de Xpdf

Xpdf est un lecteur de PDF disponible sous la licence GNU GPL version 2.
Le projet Xpdf inclut également un extracteur de texte du PDF, un convertisseur PDF vers Postcript, et quelques autres utilitaires.
Xpdf fonctionne sur X Window System sur UNIX, VMS et OS/2.
Les composants non X (pdftops, pdftotext) fonctionnent également sous Microsoft Windows et devraient fonctionner sur la plupart des systèmes avec un compilateur C++ correct.
Xpdf est conçu pour être petit et efficace. Il peut utiliser des polices de Type1, TrueType ou les polices standard de X.

pdftotext General Commands Manual pdftotext


pdftotext – Portable Document Format (PDF) to text converter (version


pdftotext [options] [PDF-file [text-file]]


Pdftotext converts Portable Document Format (PDF) files to plain text.

Pdftotext reads the PDF file, PDF-file, and writes a text file, text-
file. If text-file is not specified, pdftotext converts file.pdf to
file.txt. If text-file is ´-‘, the text is sent to stdout.


-f number
Specifies the first page to convert.

-l number
Specifies the last page to convert.

-r number
Specifies the resolution, in DPI. The default is 72 DPI.

-x number
Specifies the x-coordinate of the crop area top left corner

-y number
Specifies the y-coordinate of the crop area top left corner

-W number
Specifies the width of crop area in pixels (default is 0)

-H number
Specifies the height of crop area in pixels (default is 0)

Maintain (as best as possible) the original physical layout of
the text. The default is to ´undo’ physical layout (columns,
hyphenation, etc.) and output the text in reading order.

-fixed number
Assume fixed-pitch (or tabular) text, with the specified charac‐
ter width (in points). This forces physical layout mode.

-raw Keep the text in content stream order. This is a hack which
often “undoes” column formatting, etc. Use of raw mode is no
longer recommended.

Generate a simple HTML file, including the meta information.
This simply wraps the text in


and prepends the
meta headers.

-bbox Generate an XHTML file containing bounding box information for
each word in the file.

Generate an XHTML file containing bounding box information for
each block, line, and word in the file.

-enc encoding-name
Sets the encoding to use for text output. This defaults to

Lits the available encodings

-eol unix | dos | mac
Sets the end-of-line convention to use for text output.

Don’t insert page breaks (form feed characters) between pages.

-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.

-q Don’t print any messages or errors.

-v Print copyright and version information.

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


Some PDF files contain fonts whose encodings have been mangled beyond
recognition. There is no way (short of OCR) to extract text from these

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


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15 August 2011 pdftotext