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dumppdf - dumps internal contents of a PDF files



dumppdf - dumps internal contents of a PDF files


dumppdf [ option...] file...


dumppdf dumps the internal contents of a PDF file in pseudo-XML format. This program is primarily for debugging purposes, but it's also possible to extract some meaningful contents


Dump all the objects. By default only the document trailer is printed.
-i objno[,objno,...]
Specifies PDF object IDs to display. Comma-separated IDs, or multiple -i options are accepted.
-p pageno[,pageno,...]
Specifies the comma-separated list of the page numbers to be extracted. Page numbers start at one. By default, it extracts text from all the pages.
-r, -b, -t
Specifies the output format of stream contents. Because the contents of stream objects can be very large, they are omitted when none of the options above is specified.
With -r option, the “raw” stream contents are dumped without decompression. With -b option, the decompressed contents are dumped as a binary blob. With -t option, the decompressed contents are dumped in a text format, similar to repr() manner. When -r or -b option is given, no stream header is displayed for the ease of saving it to a file.
Show the table of contents.
-P password
Provides the user password to access PDF contents.
Increase the debug level.


Dump all the headers and contents, except stream objects:
$  dumppdf -a test.pdf
Dump the table of contents:
$  dumppdf -T test.pdf
Extract a JPEG image:
$  dumppdf -r -i6 test.pdf > image.jpeg




Jakub Wilk <>
Wrote this manual page for the Debian system.
Yusuke Shinyama <>
Author of PDFMiner and its original HTML documentation.
11/05/2015 dumppdf