[PDFMiner] Python PDF parser and analyzer

Monday, December 23, 2013

PDFMiner is a tool for extracting information from PDF documents. Unlike other PDF-related tools, it focuses entirely on getting and analyzing text data. PDFMiner allows one to obtain the exact location of text in a page, as well as other information such as fonts or lines. It includes a PDF converter that can transform PDF files into other text formats (such as HTML). It has an extensible PDF parser that can be used for other purposes than text analysis.


  • Written entirely in Python. (for version 2.4 or newer)
  • Parse, analyze, and convert PDF documents.
  • PDF-1.7 specification support. (well, almost)
  • CJK languages and vertical writing scripts support.
  • Various font types (Type1, TrueType, Type3, and CID) support.
  • Basic encryption (RC4) support.
  • PDF to HTML conversion (with a sample converter web app).
  • Outline (TOC) extraction.
  • Tagged contents extraction.
  • Reconstruct the original layout by grouping text chunks.
PDFMiner is about 20 times slower than other C/C++-based counterparts such as XPdf.

Online Demo: (pdf -> html conversion webapp)

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