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PDFTOHTML(1) General Commands Manual PDFTOHTML(1)


pdftohtml - program to convert PDF files into HTML, XML and PNG images


pdftohtml [options] <PDF-file> [<HTML-file> <XML-file>]


This manual page documents briefly the pdftohtml command. This manual page was written for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution because the original program does not have a manual page.

pdftohtml is a program that converts PDF documents into HTML. It generates its output in the current working directory. If PDF-file is ´-', it reads the PDF file from stdin.


A summary of options are included below.

Show summary of options.
first page to print
last page to print
do not print any messages or errors
print copyright and version info
exchange .pdf links with .html
generate complex output
generate single HTML that includes all pages
use data URLs instead of external images in HTML. No available in all platforms
ignore images
generate no frames. Not supported in complex output mode.
use standard output
zoom the PDF document (default 1.5) (1 means 72 DPI)
output for XML post-processing
do not round coordinates (with XML output only)
output text encoding name
owner password (for encrypted files)
user password (for encrypted files)
force hidden text extraction
image file format for Splash output (png or jpg). If complex is selected, but -fmt is not specified, -fmt png will be assumed
do not merge paragraphs
override document DRM settings
adjust the word break threshold percent. Default is 10. Word break occurs when distance between two adjacent characters is greater than this percent of character height.
outputs the font name without any substitutions.


Pdftohtml was developed by Gueorgui Ovtcharov and Rainer Dorsch. It is based and benefits a lot from Derek Noonburg's xpdf package.

This manual page was written by Søren Boll Overgaard <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system (but may be used by others).


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