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I have several PDF files each with the same password that I know.

What tool or method could batch unlock them and provide a copy of each of the PDFs as an unlocked version?

There's CutePDF - could I use this to print all the PDFs to PDF and it will batch unlock them?

Also: - Virtual Image Printer driver -‎ -

Can these unlock in batch?

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possible duplicate of FOSS Script for unlocking PDF for printing – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Aug 20 '13 at 14:56
I don't think that it is a duplicate @techie007 as that question deals with DRM, my question isn't about DRMed PDFs, simply PDFs that are password protected. Thanks. – therobyouknow Aug 20 '13 at 15:05
Password protecting a PDF is a form of DRM. ;) – Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Aug 20 '13 at 15:47
Thanks techie007 - yes I agree there are many approaches to DRM which can include use of a password. But to me DRM is primarily about restricting how many copies of a file can be viewed, listened to or watched. I think my case is not primarily about DRM as here, a password is used on the PDF so that it is not seen by those who shouldn't but if it was made public there would be no such restriction. Also, I feel my answer adds value in the context of unlocking and in batch - the other answer may not occurred to others like me who are looking to just unlock a batch of files, not print them. – therobyouknow Aug 20 '13 at 16:00
On Linux you can use qpdf for the task. See here for a batch decryption script which can be easily integrated into the context menu of file managers like Nautilus. – Glutanimate Sep 8 '13 at 18:02

Use pdftk

pdftk input.pdf output output.pdf user_pw PASSWORD

and a simple for-loop in your shell.

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+1 thanks I'll check it out when I get home and have time/access to the documents. – therobyouknow Aug 20 '13 at 15:04
For me this didn't work, got error OWNER PASSWORD REQUIRED, but not given (or incorrect) when I tried BOTH user_pw and/or owner_pw as command line options as described in the documentation. Conclusion: pdftk didn't know how to decrypt my particular PDFs - but might work for someone else's. – therobyouknow Sep 8 '13 at 15:49

You can try cipherbox, a free software to unlock your password-protected PDF files in batch. According to the description of its webpage, cipherbox works on all PDF versions including AES encryption. It applies to word and zip files too.

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up vote 0 down vote accepted

The following program did the job:

The download trial for it worked. Purchasing the full version at $27 which I think is reasonable for a convenient tool that works.

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