PDFx update and new version release (v1.4.1)

PDFx is a tool to extract text, links, references and metadata from PDF files and URLs. Thanks to several contributors the project received a thorough update and was brought into 2021. The new release of today is PDFx v1.4.1 🎉

PDFx works like this:

$ pdfx https://weakdh.org/imperfect-forward-secrecy.pdf
Document infos:
- CreationDate = D:20150821110623-04'00'
- Creator = LaTeX with hyperref package
- ModDate = D:20150821110805-04'00'
- PTEX.Fullbanner = This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.5-1.40.14 (TeX Live 2013/Debian) kpathsea version 6.1.1
- Pages = 13
- Producer = pdfTeX-1.40.14
- Title = Imperfect Forward Secrecy: How Diffie-Hellman Fails in Practice
- Trapped = False
- dc = {'title': {'x-default': 'Imperfect Forward Secrecy: How Diffie-Hellman Fails in Practice'}, 'creator': [None], 'description': {'x-default': None}, 'format': 'application/pdf'}
- pdf = {'Keywords': None, 'Producer': 'pdfTeX-1.40.14', 'Trapped': 'False'}
- pdfx = {'PTEX.Fullbanner': 'This is pdfTeX, Version 3.1415926-2.5-1.40.14 (TeX Live 2013/Debian) kpathsea version 6.1.1'}
- xap = {'CreateDate': '2015-08-21T11:06:23-04:00', 'ModifyDate': '2015-08-21T11:08:05-04:00', 'CreatorTool': 'LaTeX with hyperref package', 'MetadataDate': '2015-08-21T11:08:05-04:00'}
- xapmm = {'InstanceID': 'uuid:4e570f88-cd0f-4488-85ad-03f4435a4048', 'DocumentID': 'uuid:98988d37-b43d-4c1a-965b-988dfb2944b6'}

References: 36
- URL: 18
- PDF: 18

PDF References:
- http://www.spiegel.de/media/media-35533.pdf
- http://www.spiegel.de/media/media-35513.pdf
- http://www.spiegel.de/media/media-35509.pdf
- http://www.spiegel.de/media/media-35529.pdf
- http://www.spiegel.de/media/media-35527.pdf
- http://cr.yp.to/factorization/smoothparts-20040510.pdf

It’s is written in Python and can be used as cli and as a library. It includes a bunch of features - json output, checking links, downloading references, and more. Check out the GitHub project and introduction blog post.

What is in the update

Try it out

# Install pdfx
pip install -U pdfx

# Run it with an URL
pdfx https://weakdh.org/imperfect-forward-secrecy.pdf


$ pdfx -h
usage: pdfx [-h] [-d OUTPUT_DIRECTORY] [-c] [-j] [-v] [-t] [-o OUTPUT_FILE] [--version] pdf

Extract metadata and references from a PDF, and optionally download all referenced PDFs. Visit
https://www.metachris.com/pdfx for more information.

positional arguments:
  pdf                   Filename or URL of a PDF file

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
                        Download all referenced PDFs into specified directory
  -c, --check-links     Check for broken links
  -j, --json            Output infos as JSON (instead of plain text)
  -v, --verbose         Print all references (instead of only PDFs)
  -t, --text            Only extract text (no metadata or references)
  -o OUTPUT_FILE, --output-file OUTPUT_FILE
                        Output to specified file instead of console
  --version             show program's version number and exit

Feedback and ideas are appreciated!

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