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With HiQPdf Library you can extract the text from PDF documents to a .NET SystemString object using the HiQPdfPdfTextExtract class. You can set the text extraction mode with PdfTextExtractTextExtractMode property and choose to keep the original positioning of the text in the PDF document or you can choose to extract the text in a layout more suitable for reading.

Extract Text from PDF Demo

In this demo you can learn how to extract the text from a PDF document. You can choose the text extraction mode and the range of PDF pages from where to extract the text.

Demo Source Code

protected void buttonExtractText_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    // get the PDF file
    string pdfFile = Server.MapPath("~") + @"\DemoFiles\Pdf\InputPdf.pdf";

    // create the PDF text extractor
    PdfTextExtract pdfTextExtract = new PdfTextExtract();

    // set the text extraction mode
    pdfTextExtract.TextExtractMode = GetTextExtractMode();

    int fromPdfPageNumber = int.Parse(textBoxFromPage.Text);
    int toPdfPageNumber = textBoxToPage.Text.Length > 0 ? int.Parse(textBoxToPage.Text) : 0;

    // extract the text from a range of pages of the PDF document
    string text = pdfTextExtract.ExtractText(pdfFile, fromPdfPageNumber, toPdfPageNumber);

    // get UTF-8 bytes
    byte[] utf8Bytes = Encoding.UTF8.GetBytes(text);

    // the UTF-8 marker
    byte[] utf8Marker = new byte[] { 0xEF, 0xBB, 0xBF };

    // the text document bytes with UTF-8 marker followed by UTF-8 bytes
    byte[] bytes = new byte[utf8Bytes.Length + utf8Marker.Length];
    Array.Copy(utf8Marker, 0, bytes, 0, utf8Marker.Length);
    Array.Copy(utf8Bytes, 0, bytes, utf8Marker.Length, utf8Bytes.Length);

    // inform the browser about the data format
    HttpContext.Current.Response.AddHeader("Content-Type", "text/plain; charset=UTF-8");

    // let the browser know how to open the text document and the text document name
        String.Format("{0}; filename=ExtractedText.txt; size={1}", "attachment", bytes.Length.ToString()));

    // write the text buffer to HTTP response

    // call End() method of HTTP response to stop ASP.NET page processing
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