Extracting raw images from PDF

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Related: extracting a page(s) from PDF

Instead of low-quality screen-shotting a PDF to get the images, use PDFtk to extract the original high-resolution images from the PDF. Note: only raster images can be exported with PDFtk.


Examples of PDF image extraction tasks:

  1. List all PDF images
    pdfimages -list in.pdf
  2. Extract PDF images from all pages
    pdfimages -all in.pdf out

    That dumps all images in mydoc.pdf to the same directory. Filenames start with out-. There might be a lot of images.

  3. Extract PDF images from specific pages. This example is for page 3 only:
    pdfimages -all -f 3 -l 3 in.pdf out
first page to extract
last page to extract

Install PDFtk

How to install PDFtk on any operating system.

  • Linux: apt install poppler-utils
  • Windows

Mac PDFtk install

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