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In Acrobat Reader I can go to File > Properties to see all the metadata for the open PDF file: the program that created the document, author information, embedded fonts, etc.

OS X's Preview can also display metadata, albeit a more limited subset (under Tools > Show Inspector). However, you can't see embedded font information with Preview.

Is there a way in OS X (preferably with Preview, and not with Acrobat) to see what fonts are embedded in a PDF file?

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You may want to see this question:… (answer from michelem) – Simon A. Eugster Jun 1 '12 at 7:36
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Run either command from the terminal or command-line.

Mac OS X

strings /path/to/document.pdf | grep FontName


findstr FontName C:\path\to\document.pdf
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Perfect. Thanks! – Andrew Feb 28 '13 at 15:33
This doesn't work for me on OSX 10.8.4; nothing matches FontName in the output of strings... – John J. Camilleri Aug 5 '13 at 9:19
@JohnJ.Camilleri try strings /path/to/document.pdf | grep fontname – James Nov 13 '14 at 18:33
@James that works but only sometimes; Specifically, it doesn't seem to work with PDFs created with pdflatex. – John J. Camilleri Nov 14 '14 at 6:44
Didn't work well for me either (on mac). On linux, pdffonts was so nice. – Stephen Nov 18 '14 at 17:02

You can also use pdffonts, which can be installed with brew install poppler or brew install xpdf.

$ pdffonts file.pdf
name                                 type              encoding         emb sub uni object ID
------------------------------------ ----------------- ---------------- --- --- --- ---------
GFEDCB+MyriadSet-Medium              CID TrueType      Identity-H       yes yes yes    304  0
GFEDCB+MyriadSet-Bold                CID TrueType      Identity-H       yes yes yes    310  0
GFEDCB+MyriadSet-MediumItalic        CID TrueType      Identity-H       yes yes yes    659  0
GFEDCB+Menlo-Regular                 CID TrueType      Identity-H       yes yes yes    664  0
ZapfDingbats                         Type 1            Custom           no  no  yes    665  0
ZapfDingbats                         Type 1            Custom           no  no  yes    666  0
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