Extracting data from PDFs, especially tables can be a tedious and error-prone task. However, with the help of PDF.co and Google Apps Script, this task can be automated, allowing you to focus on more important tasks.

PDF.co is a versatile tool that can extract data from PDF documents, while Google Apps Script is a cloud-based scripting language that can automate tasks in Google Workspace. Combining these tools can help businesses and organizations extract tables from PDFs and turn them into structured data that can be used for analysis or other purposes.

Automating the data extraction process can save valuable time and effort while also reducing the risk of errors. This can lead to more informed decisions based on accurate and reliable data. So why not explore the possibilities of PDF.co and Google Apps Script today and streamline your data extraction process?

In this tutorial, we will walk you through the steps of setting up PDF.co and Google Apps Script for table data extraction from PDFs. So let’s get started!

  1. Open Google Sheets
  2. Add Apps Script Extension
  3. App Script Editor
  4. Run Apps Script
  5. Extracted Table with Text

We will use this sample PDF invoice and we’ll extract a table with text using Google Apps Script.

Sample PDF Invoice
Sample PDF Invoice

Step 1: Open Google Sheets

  • First, let’s start by opening the Google Sheets app.

Step 2: Add Apps Script Extension

  • Next, click on the Extensions menu and select the Apps Script option.

Apps Script Extensions

Step 3: Apps Script Editor

Now, let’s add the source code to the Apps Script Editor.

  • After adding the source code, enter your API Key in line 16. You can get the API Key in your PDF.co dashboard.
  • Then, add the direct URL of your PDF source file in line 20.

Apps Script Editor

Step 4: Run Apps Script

  • When you are done setting up the code and making any necessary changes, run the Apps Script to execute the program.

Run Apps Script
Once the Apps Script is executed successfully, go to your spreadsheet to view the extracted table data.

Step 5: Extracted Table Data

  • Here’s the extracted table with data using Google Apps Script and PDF.co.
Extracted Table with Text
Extracted Table with Data

This tutorial taught you how to set up a Google Apps Script project and use it to interact with PDF.co API for extracting tables from PDF documents. You learned how to specify the input PDF file, set the extraction parameters, and retrieve the extracted table data. Overall, you learned how to leverage the power of PDF.co API and Google Apps Script to automate the extraction of tables from PDF documents and streamline their workflow.