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I need to remove some restrictions from a .pdf document:

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I can't zoom or use any other buttons. The toolbar just isn't available. I never saw a .pdf file like this one.

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marked as duplicate by DavidPostill, fixer1234, mdpc, Excellll, Kevin Panko Feb 10 '15 at 4:02

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Point us to a PDF link if you want a remotely useful answer. – Mike Fitzpatrick Nov 14 '10 at 11:53
If the PDF is protected, there's very little you can do to unprotect it. – user3463 Nov 14 '10 at 21:02
You can try this if the PDF has permission pswd => gswin64c -dSAFER -dBATCH -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sFONTPATH=%windir%/fonts;xfonts;. -sPDFPassword=123456 -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress -dPassThroughJPEGImages=true -sOutputFile=OUTPUT.pdf INPUT.pdf – dns Nov 4 '15 at 13:23

You have two options:

  • with ghostscript:

    gs -q -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile=%stdout% -c .setpdfwrite -f locked.pdf > unlocked.pdf
  • with pdf2ps and ps2pdf (slower):

    pdf2ps locked.pdf - | ps2pdf - unlocked.pdf

    If the unlocked PDF contains error, try to decompose the commands (ps2pdf have sometimes problems with a streamed input):

    pdf2ps locked.pdf
    ps2pdf unlocked.pdf
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Alternatively => gswin64c -dSAFER -dBATCH -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sFONTPATH=%windir%/fonts;xfonts;. -sPDFPassword=123456 -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress -dPassThroughJPEGImages=true -sOutputFile=OUTPUT.pdf INPUT.pdf – dns Nov 4 '15 at 13:22

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