pdfinfo man page

pdfinfo — Portable Document Format (PDF) document information extractor (version 3.03)


pdfinfo [options] [PDF-file]


Pdfinfo prints the contents of the ´Info' dictionary (plus some other useful information) from a Portable Document Format (PDF) file.

The ´Info' dictionary contains the following values:







creation date

modification date

In addition, the following information is printed:

tagged (yes/no)

form (AcroForm / XFA / none)

javascript (yes/no)

page count

encrypted flag (yes/no)

print and copy permissions (if encrypted)

page size

file size

linearized (yes/no)

PDF version

metadata (only if requested)

The options -listenc, -meta, -js, -struct, and -struct-text only print the requested information. The 'Info' dictionary and related data listed above is not printed. At most one of these five options may be used.


-f number
Specifies the first page to examine. If multiple pages are requested using the "-f" and "-l" options, the size of each requested page (and, optionally, the bounding boxes for each requested page) are printed. Otherwise, only page one is examined.
-l number
Specifies the last page to examine.
Prints the page box bounding boxes: MediaBox, CropBox, BleedBox, TrimBox, and ArtBox.
Prints document-level metadata. (This is the "Metadata" stream from the PDF file's Catalog object.)
Prints all JavaScript in the PDF.
Prints the logical document structure of a Tagged-PDF file.
Print the textual content along with the document structure of a Tagged-PDF file. Note that extracting text this way might be slow for big PDF files. (Implies -struct.)
Prints dates in ISO-8601 format (including the time zone).
Prints the raw (undecoded) date strings, directly from the PDF file.
-enc encoding-name
Sets the encoding to use for text output. This defaults to "UTF-8".
Lits the available encodings
-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.
Print copyright and version information.
Print usage information. (-help and --help are equivalent.)

Exit Codes

The Xpdf tools use the following exit codes:

No error.
Error opening a PDF file.
Error opening an output file.
Error related to PDF permissions.
Other error.


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

See Also

pdfdetach(1), pdffonts(1), pdfimages(1), pdftocairo(1), pdftohtml(1), pdftoppm(1), pdftops(1), pdftotext(1) pdfseparate(1), pdfsig(1), pdfunite(1)

Referenced By

gdcmpdf(1), pdfdetach(1), pdffonts(1), pdfimages(1), pdfseparate(1), pdfsig(1), pdftocairo(1), pdftohtml(1), pdftopng(1), pdftoppm(1), pdftops(1), pdftotext(1), pdfunite(1), xpdf(1), xpdfrc(5).

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15 August 2011