pdfcrack man page

pdfcrack — Password recovery tool for PDF-files


pdfcrack [ -f ] FILE [OPTION]...


PDFCrack is a tool for recovering passwords and content from PDF-files.

If aborted with Ctrl-C or by receiving a SIGINT signal, pdfcrack will automatically save current position. The position will be saved in a file called savedstate.sav in current working directory.

Mandatory arguments for long options are mandatory for short options too.


-b, --bench

perform benchmark and exit

-c, --charset=STRING

Use the characters in STRING as charset

-w, --wordlist=FILE

Use FILE as source of passwords to try

-n, --minpw=INTEGER

Skip trying passwords shorter than INTEGER

-m, --maxpw=INTEGER

Stop when reaching this INTEGER passwordlength

-l, --loadstate=FILE

Continue from the state saved in FILE

-o, --owner

Work with the ownerpassword

-u, --user

Work with the userpassword (default)

-p, --password=STRING

Give userpassword to speed up breaking ownerpassword (implies -o)

-q, --quiet

Run quietly

-s, --permutate

Try permutating the passwords (currently only supports switching first character to uppercase)

-v, --version

Print version and exit

Reporting Bugs

Via e-mail to Henning Noren <confusion42@users.sourceforge.net> or report on project page at http://pdfcrack.sourceforge.net/


Henning Noren


February 2009 User Commands