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Is there software to allow me to search a PDF file with Regex?

I sometimes would like to search some particular words in a PDF file, however there are always a lot of unwanted words for me. For instance, when I would like to find "scala" in a PDF paper, I always come across "scalable", "scalability" or something like that. So I'm wondering whether there exists some reader that supports searching words with regular expressions.

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PowerGrep does this. – David Brabant Apr 24 '12 at 7:35
It appears that all you really want is to search for whole words. – Dan D. Apr 24 '12 at 17:24
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With regex search:

Without regex search:


  • grepWin, it supports regex, but doesn't support PDF files yet.


Without regex search:

  • pdfgrep (no GUI, available via apt-get)

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