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Is there a command line program for linux that will let me read the text of PDFs? I'll willing to live with a lack of pictures.

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There are several pdf2text tools in Ubuntu. For example, the poppler-utils package contains /usr/bin/pdftotext.

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Howto Open a PDF file under Linux / FreeBSD (lower part of article give you the options you are looking for)

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pdf2txt.py from the Python project PDFMiner.

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zathura is the tool you are looking for => http://pwmt.org/projects/zathura/

For Ubuntu and Arch Linux, just use the package management tools apt-get install zathura or pacman -S zathura to install.

To view PDF in CLI/Terminals, just run zathura /path/to

NOTE: zathura depends on x11 client libraries, it cannot run without them. So if you ssh to a remote host and run zathura on it, you'll have to do X11 Forwarding (which means you need to run a X Server - Ubuntu Desktop will do).

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