I recently needed to convert some resumes to plain text. There are any number of use cases for wanting to extract readable text from binary formats. So here is a code snippet to do just that. I’m using some non python Linux programs and python libs. Notably absent is Libreoffice which would take care of a ton of formats. Libreoffice is however heavyweight and clunky to use. These programs will convert much faster. First let’s get some dependencies.
- PDF – pdfminer. http://stackoverflow.com/a/20905381/443457
- doc – antiword
- docx – python-docx
- odt – odt2txt
Notice – New versions of python-docx removed this function. Make sure to pip install docx and not the new python-docx.
I just wanted to say thank you for this example. It is the only pdf to text function I could fine online using the pdfminer library that works! Many thanks! If you are ever in Chicago and you drink, email me, I will meet you and buy as many drinks as you like!
Hello! I facing some problems: ImportError: No module named 1xm1. Help me please.