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Old 08-04-2014, 02:25 PM   #1
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Code to convert pdf to csv


Hi,

I am working on a tool where I need to convert pdf file to csv.

I dont know much about converting file formats.
Please let me know if we already have an utility to convert pdf to csv filemat .

Thank you
 
Old 08-04-2014, 02:48 PM   #2
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Hi,
I am working on a tool where I need to convert pdf file to csv.

I dont know much about converting file formats. Please let me know if we already have an utility to convert pdf to csv filemat .
There are many tools to convert PDF's into readable text..providing the PDF *IS* text to start with, and not just pages of scanned images. The pdftotext utility is one...there are several others; did you even try to look this up with a Google search????

Since you've been here for over five years now, and have asked questions about shell scripting and programming, it should be easy for you to do something with the pdftotext utility and standard Linux commands (split, grep, sed, etc.), to get a CSV file. Since you don't post any examples of the input, the desired output, or give us ANY details at all, there's not much else we can tell you.
 
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Old 08-06-2014, 02:11 PM   #3
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Yes, I have been here for 5 years but not working on Linux anymore. Well anyways , I too found this utility pdftotext .
I am trying to get the utility .

Is there any other tool you know of ?

Thank you
 
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Old 08-06-2014, 02:44 PM   #4
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there is no magic tool to convert your pdf to csv

BUT, as already pointed out by TBOne, there is a tool ( pdftotext ) which , when given a pdf containing text,, will output simple text.
you can then 'work with' that text output to create a 'csv' file
 
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Old 08-06-2014, 02:48 PM   #5
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Yes, I have been here for 5 years but not working on Linux anymore. Well anyways , I too found this utility pdftotext. I am trying to get the utility.
It is probably already installed on your system, or available through the online repositories of your distro. As was said before, you don't tell us ANYTHING about your setup, give us data examples, or even tell us what version/distro of Linux. Unless you provide details and answer questions when asked, there's not much point in posting, since there's not much anyone can tell you.
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Is there any other tool you know of ?
There is no tool to do exactly what you want to do...because there are an almost INFINITE number of possibilities and variables about "creating a csv". Like what to split on? Character set? Quoted fields or not? Quotes WITHIN the fields??

As said, extract the text from the PDF to a file...work with it from there. How you do that will depend on the data, and what you write your script/program in.
 
Old 08-06-2014, 03:39 PM   #6
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Hi,

I am working on a tool where I need to convert pdf file to csv.

I dont know much about converting file formats.
Please let me know if we already have an utility to convert pdf to csv filemat .

Thank you
Does the pdf contain a data table? If it is a table sometimes you get lucky doing a copy from the pdf and pasting into a spreadhseet program A cheat but I have had it work.

If this pdf does not have a data table, why would you want it as a csv anyway? Seems to me a text file would be better.
 
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