Everything you always wanted to know about your PDF ...

PDFspy is the ultimate “get info” utility for your PDF documents. It can extract a comprehensive list of attributes from a PDF file into an XML-based format. Features and enhancements include:
  • Support for PDF 1.7 (Acrobat X)
  • Improved reliability with a wider variety of PDF files
  • element now shows CMYK separations that are actually used by text and vector elements
  • New element that shows the number of shading objects in PDF file
  • Several new checks for -validate option
  • Restored output being written to stdout if -o option not used, recommend using -quiet option when writing to stdout
  • Fixed calculation of page labels
  • Improved text extraction algorithm
  • Calculates color simulation values for ICCBased, Separation and DeviceN colorspaces
  • Improved Unicode, ISO Latin and AdobePDF character set support


    Some examples of the many types of information pdfGetAttrs can extract:
  • Page information (count, size, boxes)
  • Fonts usage (name, type, embedding & subset status)
  • Colorspaces used (alternates, separation names, index bases)
  • Images (size, resolution, compression, colorspace)
  • Use of transparency, smooth shadings and patterns
  • Presence (or absence) of hidden text and optional content/layers
  • Hyperlinks (size, location and destination)
  • Annotations (size, location, type, contents, colors)
  • PDF/X compliance (including output intent details)
  • Metadata (info dictionary & XMP)
  • Security and Encryption settings


  • Use pdfSpy for:
  • Asset management system: extract page count, metadata, font & image information
  • Document management: determine text or image only documents, extract comments
  • Preflight: extract information about colorspaces, compression & font types
  • Developers: easily examine the structure of complex PDF documents


  • PDFspy
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