This page describes how to use our cloud-based API to convert PDF to text from the command line.
pip install pdfcrowd
We also offer other installation options.
The credentials to access the API are your Pdfcrowd username and the API key. You can try out the API without registering using the following demo credentials:
To get your personal API credentials, you can start a free API trial or buy the API license.
Refer to the PDF to Text Command Line Reference Manual for a description of all command line options.
Here are a few Command Line examples to get you started quickly with the API. See more examples.
pdf2text -user-name "demo" -api-key "ce544b6ea52a5621fb9d55f8b542d14d" \ "/path/to/invoice.pdf" > "invoice.txt"
pdf2text -user-name "demo" -api-key "ce544b6ea52a5621fb9d55f8b542d14d" \ "https://pdfcrowd.com/static/pdf/apisamples/invoice.pdf" > "invoice.txt"
-debug-logto get detailed info about the conversion, such as load errors, load times, browser console output, etc.