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Itext

Library to create and manipulate PDF documents in Java and C#

Pdfbox

The Apache PDFBox library is an open source Java tool for working with PDF documents



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I have noticed that content extraction is faster in itext but searching words using regex in the content extracted by itext takes longer time than pdfbox

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Any difference in content extracted by pdfbox and itext

Pdfbox contains tools for text extraction;itext has more low-level support for text manipulation but you d have to write a considerable amount of code to get text extraction

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How to read PDF files using Java?

On the downside pdfbox is less mature than itext so it has less features and documentation available

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PDF in XPages without using iText?

Pdfbox is a lot slower than itext when it comes to this

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Faster PDF page dimensions using PDFBox?

Start with pdfbox as it s text extraction abilities are better than itext s

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PDF to text tool or Java library?

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