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.

If PDF-file is ´-’, it reads the PDF file from stdin.

The ´Info’ dictionary contains the following values:

creation date
modification date

In addition, the following information is printed:

custom metadata (yes/no)
metadata stream (yes/no)
tagged (yes/no)
userproperties (yes/no)
suspects (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 custom and standard metadata.


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.)


Print all URLs in the PDF. Only the URL types supported by Poppler are listed. Currently, this is limited to Annotations. Note: only URLs referenced by the PDF objects such as Link Annotations are listed. pdfinfo does not attempt to extract strings matching http://... from the text content.


Prints dates in ISO-8601 format (including the time zone).


Prints the raw (undecoded) date strings, directly from the PDF file.


Print a list of all named destinations. If a page range is specified using "-f" and "-l", only destinations in the page range are listed.

-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.)


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.


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