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pro_chandan 07-15-2006 04:50 AM

Open PDF using command
Hi Friend's

I want to open PDF file using command in terminal "not in GUI"

Is there possibility to open PDF file in text mode on terminal??

Chandan K.

Theorist 07-15-2006 06:14 AM

Hi pro_chandan,
One way of opening .PDF files in text mode, is to use the command line utilities like pdftotext or pdftohtml.


$ pdftohtml file_name.pdf file_name.html
Then use a command line browser like elinks or lynx.

$ pdftotext file_name.pdf file_name.txt
Then use any text editors to view. But if the .PDF file has images then nothing can be done about that, using pdftotext.

With Regards,

pro_chandan 07-16-2006 12:10 AM

Hi Theorist,

That did not work. Anyway, thanks for help..

Matir 07-16-2006 12:14 AM

What happens when you try to use those commands? Detailing why it did not work will better allow members to continue to provide help to your question.

firstfire 07-16-2006 05:35 PM

Hello, pro_chandan !
I browse software on my laptop (with `man -k framebuf') and find program for viewing PostScript/PDF files in console via framebuffer (actually this is a shell script which prepare tiff-images for `fbi' -- console image viewer).
Try this:

fbgs -d /dev/fb0
If it doesn't work and `fbgs' and `fbi' exists on your disk, then, maybe, your framebuffer device isn't properly installed/configured. Check your kernel configuration.

Hope, this is useful!

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