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How to convert PDF to Text


Do you have a PDF file that you need to convert to text? If so, you're in luck! In this guide, we will show you how to convert PDF to text using CoolUtils' converter. We will also discuss some of the benefits of converting your PDF files to text. So without further ado, let's get started!

How to convert PDF to text step by step

To convert PDF to text with CoolUtils, simply follow these easy steps:

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  • Step One: Download and install the converter onto your computer.
  • Step Two: Launch the converter and select the PDF file that you wish to convert.
  • Step Three: Choose the output format as text.
  • Step Four: Click on the convert button and wait for the conversion to be completed.
  • Step Five: Once the conversion is done, you can now open and view your newly converted text file!


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There are many benefits of converting PDF to text. For one, it allows you to edit your PDF files much more easily. You can also search through your document for specific keywords or phrases much more quickly when it is in text format. Additionally, converting your PDF files to text can help to save space on your computer or other devices.

We hope that this guide has been helpful in showing you how to convert PDF to text using CoolUtils' converter! If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out to our support team for assistance. Thanks for choosing CoolUtils!


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Updated Wed, 01 Feb 2023

Examples of Total PDF ConverterX

Convert PDF files With TotalPDFConverterX and .NET

string src="C:\\test\\Source.PDF";
string dest="C:\\test\\Dest.TIFF";

PDFConverterX Cnv = new PDFConverterX();
Cnv.Convert(src, dest, "-c TIFF -log c:\\test\\PDF.log");

MessageBox.Show("Convert complete!");

Download .NET PDF Covnerter example

Convert PDF Files On Web Servers With Total PDF ConverterX

#include <windows.h>
static const CLSID CLSID_PDFConverterX =
  {0x6B411E7E, 0x9503,0x4793,{0xA2, 0x87, 0x1F, 0x3B, 0xA8, 0x78, 0xB9, 0x1C}};
static const IID IID_IPDFConverterX =
  {0xEF633BED, 0xC414,0x49B0,{0x91, 0xFB, 0xC3, 0x9C, 0x3F, 0xE0, 0x08, 0x0D}};

#define INTERFACE IPDFConverterX
    //const SourceFile: WideString; const DestFile: WideString; const Params: WideString; safecall;

typedef HRESULT (__stdcall *hDllGetClassObjectFunc) (REFCLSID, REFIID, void **);

int main () {
  if (CoInitialize(NULL)) {
    printf ("Error in CoInitialize.");
    return -1;

  LPCTSTR lpFileName = "PDFConverter.dll";
  HMODULE hModule;
  hModule = LoadLibrary (lpFileName);
  printf ("hModule: %d\n", hModule);
  if (hModule == 0) {
    printf ("Error in LoadLibrary.");
    return -1;

  hDllGetClassObjectFunc hDllGetClassObject = NULL;
  hDllGetClassObject = (hDllGetClassObjectFunc) GetProcAddress (hModule, "DllGetClassObject");
  if (hDllGetClassObject == 0) {
    printf ("Error in GetProcAddress.");
    return -1;
  IClassFactory *pCF = NULL;
  hr = hDllGetClassObject (&CLSID_PDFConverterX, &IID_IClassFactory, (void **)&pCF);
  /* Can't load with different ID */
  printf ("hr hDllGetClassObject: %d\n", hr);
  if (!SUCCEEDED (hr)) {
    printf ("Error in hDllGetClassObject.");
    return -1;
  IPDFConverterX *pIN;
  hr = pCF->lpVtbl->CreateInstance (pCF, 0, &IID_IPDFConverterX, (void **)&pIN);
  printf ("hr CreateInstance: %d\n", hr);
  if (!SUCCEEDED (hr)) {
    printf ("Error in hDllGetClassObject.");
    return -1;
  hr = pCF->lpVtbl->Release (pCF);
  printf ("hr Release: %d\n", hr);
  if (!SUCCEEDED (hr)) {
    printf ("Error in Release.");
    return -1;
  hr = pIN->lpVtbl->About (pIN);
  printf ("hr About: %d\n", hr);
  if (!SUCCEEDED (hr)) {
    printf ("Error in About.");
    return -1;
  hr = pIN->lpVtbl->Convert (pIN, "test.pdf", "test.html","-cHTML");
  printf ("hr Convert: %d\n", hr);
  if (!SUCCEEDED (hr)) {
    printf ("Error in Convert.");
    return -1;

  return 0;

Convert PDF Files On Web Servers With Total PDF ConverterX

dim C
Set C=CreateObject("PDFConverter.PDFConverterX")
C.Convert "c:\source.PDF", "c:\dest.HTML", "-cHTML -log c:\pdf.log"
set C = nothing
Example2 ASP: directly stream the resulting TIFF
dim C
Set C=CreateObject("PDFConverter.PDFConverterX")
Response.AddHeader "Content-Type", "binary/octet-stream"
Rresponse.AddHeader "Content-Disposition", "attachment; filename=test.TIFF"
Response.BinaryWrite c.ConvertToStream("C:\www\ASP\Source.PDF", "C:\www\ASP", "-cTIFF  -log c:\PDF.log")
set C = nothing

Convert PDF Files On Web Servers With Total PDF ConverterX

if (file_exists($dest)) unlink($dest);
$c= new COM("PDFConverter.PDFConverterX");
$c->convert($src,$dest, "-c TIFF -log c:\doc.log");
if (file_exists($dest)) echo "OK"; else echo "fail:".$c->ErrorMessage;

Convert PDF Files With Total PDF ConverterX and Ruby

require 'win32ole'
c = WIN32OLE.new('PDFConverter.PDFConverterX')


c.convert(src,dest, "-c TIFF -log c:\\test\\PDF.log");

if not File.exist?(dest)
  puts c.ErrorMessage

Convert PDF files With Total PDF ConverterX and Python

import win32com.client
import os.path

c = win32com.client.Dispatch("PDFConverter.PDFConverterX")


c.convert(src, dest, "-c TIFF -log c:\\test\\PDF.log");

if not os.path.exists(file_path):

Convert PDF files With Pascal and Total PDF ConverterX

uses Dialogs, Vcl.OleAuto;

  c: OleVariant;
  C.Convert('c:\test\source.pdf', 'c:\test\dest.tiff', '-c TIFF -log c:\test\PDF.log');
  IF c.ErrorMessage<> Then

Convert PDF Files On Web Servers With Total PDF ConverterX

var c = new ActiveXObject("PDFConverter.PDFConverterX");
c.Convert("C:\\test\\source.pdf", "C:\\test\\dest.tiff", "-c TIFF");
if (c.ErrorMessage!="")

Convert PDF files With Total PDF ConverterX and Perl

use Win32::OLE;

my $src="C:\\test\\test.pdf";
my $dest="C:\\test\\test.tiff";

my $c = CreateObject Win32::OLE 'PDFConverter.PDFConverterX';
$c->convert($src,$dest, "-c TIFF  -log c:\\test\\PDF.log");
print $c->ErrorMessage if -e $dest;

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