PDF to Image - Command Line Guide

This page is a guide on using Pdfcrowd API to convert PDF into images from the command line.


You can install the application from PyPI
pip install pdfcrowd

Check out other installation options.

Quick Start

Below are Command Line examples to help you quickly get started with the API. Explore our additional examples for more insights.

For a multi-page PDF, the API returns a ZIP archive containing an image for each page. For a single-page PDF, the output is directly an image (e.g., PNG). To determine the output format, use -zipped_output. You can enforce the use of a ZIP archive by using -force_zip.


To access the API, you will need to use your Pdfcrowd username and API key. For initial testing, you may use the following demo credentials without registering:

  • Username: demo
  • API key: ce544b6ea52a5621fb9d55f8b542d14d

To obtain your personal API credentials, consider starting a free API trial or purchasing the API license.


  • If you are receiving an error, refer to the API Status Codes for more information.
  • Utilize -debug-log to obtain detailed information about the conversion process, including load errors, load times, browser console output, etc.
  • Consult the FAQ for answers to common questions.
  • Contact us if you need assistance or if there is a feature you are missing.

User Manual

Refer to the PDF to Image Command Line Reference Manual for a description of all command line options.