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    Text search and extraction in pdf file

    I am working for text search and extraction from pdf using third party dll itextsharp.
    I am getting the text on searching but not only that text, the whole text of that page.
    I thought to use phrases or chunks so that I can get pre-and post of that text only along with it instead of whole page text. Can anyone suggest me code for phrases or anything else which I can use for it. Thanks!

    My code is:

    string searchText = null;
    string filename = System.AppDomain.CurrentDomain.BaseDirectory;
    filename = @"C:\test.pdf";
    searchText = textBox.Text.ToString();

    List<int> pages = new List<int>();
    if (File.Exists(filename))
    PdfReader pdfReader = new PdfReader(filename);
    List<Phrase> PhraseList = new List<Phrase>();

    for (int page = 1; page <= pdfReader.NumberOfPages; page++)

    ITextExtractionStrategy strategy = SimpleTextExtractionStrategy();
    string currentPageText = PdfTextExtractor.GetTextFromPage(pdfReader, page, strategy)

    if (currentPageText.Contains(searchText))
    textBox1.AppendText(PdfTextExtractor.GetTextFromPage(pdfReader, page));
    textBox1.Text += pages.ToString();
  • #768556

    There are many 3rd party libraries can achieve this. Check this one:

  • #768566
    Once I have tried with ItextSharp and find a text in PDF file, you can check below code. see if its works for you

    public string ReadPdfFile(string fileName)
    StringBuilder text = new StringBuilder();

    if (File.Exists(fileName))
    PdfReader pdfReader = new PdfReader(fileName);

    for (int page = 1; page <= pdfReader.NumberOfPages; page++)

    ITextExtractionStrategy strategy = new SimpleTextExtractionStrategy();
    string currentText = PdfTextExtractor.GetTextFromPage(pdfReader, page, strategy);

    currentText = Encoding.UTF8.GetString(ASCIIEncoding.Convert(Encoding.Default, Encoding.UTF8, Encoding.Default.GetBytes(currentText)));
    return text.ToString();

    Editor, DotNetSpider MVM
    Microsoft MVP 2014 [ASP.NET/IIS]

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