Python - How to read PDF file

By xngo on June 7, 2019

Python by itself doesn't a native module to read PDF files. So, we have to rely on a 3rd party tool, Apache Tika. The Apache Tika™ toolkit can extracts text from over a thousand different file types such as PPT, XLS, PDF and etc.


pip install tika

Tika-Python is a Python binding to the Apache Tika™ REST services allowing Tika to be called natively in the Python community.

Read PDF file

from tika import parser
raw = parser.from_file('sample.pdf')

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