In this tutorial, we will show you how to extract text content from PDF in Python using the PDF.co PDF to Text Web API. Below is the image of our sample PDF and its text output.

  1. Download Files
  2. Install Requests Module
  3. Add API Key
  4. Add Source File
  5. Run Program
  6. Demo
Sample PDF And Output Text
Sample PDF and Output Text

Step 1: Download Files

We highly recommend that you copy or download the Python code and the sample PDF here so you can follow along. You can get the files here.

Step 2: Install Requests Module

We will use the requests module in this sample Python program. You can install it in your machine by running this in the command line (cmd.exe) python -m pip install requests.

Install Requests Module

Step 3: Add API Key

Let’s open the Python code and add our PDF.co API Key in line 6. You can get your API key in your dashboard here.

Add PDF.co API Key

Step 4: Add Source File

In line 12, add your source PDF file path. You can add your desired output filename in line 18. You can learn more about PDF to Text Web API endpoints here.

Add Source File Path

Step 5: Run Program

Let’s now run our program and view the result in the folder.

Output Inside Folder

Step 6: Demo

Here’s the PDF to Text Web API extracting text from PDF in action.

PDF.co PDF To Text Web API Demo
PDF to Text Web API Demo

In this tutorial, you learned how to extract text content from PDF in Python. You learned where to get your PDF.co API Key and add it to the program. You also learned how to easily extract text from PDF using the PDF to Text Web API.

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