How to Convert a PDF file to text in Node.js

Using the WhatsMate PDF-to-Text REST API

This article shows you how to extract text from an online PDF document in Node.js.

Here’s how:

  1. Copy the following source code to your Node.js script.
  2. Specify the URL of your online PDF document on line 10.
  3. Replace the Client ID and Secret on lines 5 and 6 if you have your own credentials.
  4. Make your script executable: chmod 755 extract-pdf-text-sync.js
  5. Run the script to see the result: ./extract-pdf-text-sync.js

If your PDF file is larger than 1 MB, you will need to call the asynchronous API instead. See an example in Node.js.

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Want to extract PDF text in another programming language? Check out the PDF-to-Text API page.