pdf-text-extract

Extract text from pdfs that contain searchable pdf text

PDF Text Extract

Extract text from pdfs that contain searchable pdf text. The module is wrapper that calls the pdftotext command to perform the actual extraction

Installation

npm install pdf-text-extract

You will need the pdftotext binary available on your path. There are packages available for many different operating systems

See https://github.com/nisaacson/pdf-extract#osx for how to install the pdftotext command

Usage

var filePath = path.join(__dirname, 'test/data/multipage.pdf')
var extract = require('pdf-text-extract')
extract(filePath, function (errpages) {
  if (err) {
    console.dir(err)
    return
  }
  console.dir(pages)
})

The output will be an array of where each entry is a page of text. If you want just a string of all pages you can do pages.join(' ')

If needed you can pass an optional arguments to the extract function. These will be passed to the command

var filePath = path.join(__dirname, 'test/data/multipage.pdf')
var extract = require('pdf-text-extract')
var options = {
  cwd: "./"
}
extract(filePath, options, function (errpages) {
  if (err) {
    console.dir(err)
    return
  }
  console.dir('extracted pages', pages)
})
npm install -g pdf-text-extract

Execute with the filePath as an argument. Output will be json-formatted array of pages

pdf-text-extract ./test/data/multipage.pdf
# outputs
# ['<page 1 content...>', '<page 2 content...>']

Test

# install dev dependencies
npm install
# run tests
npm test