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pdffonts - Portable Document Format (PDF) font analyzer (version 3.00)


Configuration File
Exit Codes


pdffonts [options] [PDF-file]


Pdffonts lists the fonts used in a Portable Document Format (PDF) file along with various information for each font.

The following information is listed for each font:
name the font name, exactly as given in the PDF file (potentially including a subset prefix)
type the font type -- see below for details
emb "yes" if the font is embedded in the PDF file
sub "yes" if the font is a subset
uni "yes" if there is an explicit "ToUnicode" map in the PDF file (the absence of a ToUnicode map doesn’t necessarily mean that the text can’t be converted to Unicode)
object ID
  the font dictionary object ID (number and generation)
PDF files can contain the following types of fonts:

  Type 1 Type 1C -- aka Compact Font Format (CFF) Type 3 TrueType CID Type 0 -- 16-bit font with no specified type CID Type 0C -- 16-bit PostScript CFF font CID TrueType -- 16-bit TrueType font


Pdffonts reads a configuration file at startup. It first tries to find the user’s private config file, ~/.xpdfrc. If that doesn’t exist, it looks for a system-wide config file, /etc/xpdf/xpdfrc. See the xpdfrc(5) man page for details.


Many of the following options can be set with configuration file commands. These are listed in square brackets with the description of the corresponding command line option.
-f number
  Specifies the first page to analyze.
-l number
  Specifies the last page to analyze.
-opw password
  Specify the owner password for the PDF file. Providing this will bypass all security restrictions.
-upw password
  Specify the user password for the PDF file.
-cfg config-file
  Read config-file in place of ~/.xpdfrc or the system-wide config file.
-v Print copyright and version information.
-h Print usage information. (-help and --help are equivalent.)


The Xpdf tools use the following exit codes:
0 No error.
1 Error opening a PDF file.
2 Error opening an output file.
3 Error related to PDF permissions.
99 Other error.


The pdffonts software and documentation are copyright 1996-2004 Glyph & Cog, LLC.


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pdffonts (1) 22 January 2004
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