Extracting raw images from PDF

Related: extracting a page(s) from PDF

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


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

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