Convert PDF to text

Hello I need to convert PDF to text.

I do not have pdftotxt, although poppler-23.05.0-1 is installed.

I found pdftxt in AUR but pamac install pdftxt fails with undefined reference to FT_Get_Char_Index.

I am still looking for a working solution in Manjaro.

Okular provides an option to export to plain text. Have you tried that?


The command to install anything from the AUR with pamac is build, not install — the latter is only for repo packages. Try… :arrow_down:

pamac build pdftxt

And if you are using the Plasma desktop, okular can indeed also export a PDF to plain text, as @ajaychat3 says. I’m not sure what the default PDF viewer is in the other desktop environments, but it’s possible that they too have such a function built in.

Yes Okular does the job, however only works interactively, not in the command line. Fortunately, I need no more today. Thanks.

I use Gnome Desktop, Document Viewer does not export to text.

Try pandoc. I have yet to find a conversion it can’t handle

In repos poppler package provides /usr/bin/pdftotext.

You can use it like

pdftotext input.pdf output.txt

Or to try to preserve layout

pdftotext -layout input.pdf output.txt

If it isnt there … it must be some sort of error. Maybe attempt reinstall.

probably just fail to find the command that is there because of a wrong assumption

The name of the command is:


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