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pdfimages - Portable Document Format (PDF) image extractor (version 0.80)


pdfimages [options] PDF-file image-root


Pdfimages saves images from a Portable Document Format (PDF) file as Portable Pixmap (PPM), Portable Bitmap (PBM), or JPEG files.

Pdfimages reads the PDF file, scans one or more pages, PDF-file, and writes one PPM, PBM, or JPEG file for each image,, where nnn is the image number and xxx is the image type (.ppm, .pbm, .jpg).


-f number
Specifies the first page to scan.
-l number
Specifies the last page to scan.
Normally, all images are written as PBM (for monochrome images) or PPM (for non-monochrome images) files. With this option, images in DCT format are saved as JPEG files. All non-DCT images are saved in PBM/PPM format as usual.
Print usage information. (-help is equivalent.)


With the -j option, the PDF image streams are copied directly to the output files. DCT images in PDF files may use some non-standard JPEG features, so the resulting .jpg files may not be too useful.


The pdfimages software and documentation are copyright 1996-1998 Derek B. Noonburg (

See Also

xpdf(1) , pdftops(1) , pdftotext(1) , pdfinfo(1) , pdftopbm(1)

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