A PDF is a Portable Document Format file. It usually contains text but it can also support hyperlinks, images, charts, and more. The best thing about PDFs is how versatile they are. It doesn’t matter which platform you use to make a PDF, for example, because it will work and look the same on any other platform. This versatility has made PDF the default format for sharing documents on the internet.
Text files are much simpler than PDFs. They can only hold text or text-based code, which means no images and no rich links (you can, however, include non-clickable URLs). These limitations make text files less robust than PDFs, but TXT does have some advantages. Most notably, text files are almost always smaller than PDFs and can be easier to edit and manipulate.
Unless you have expensive editing software, PDFs are not easy to alter. Finding text within a PDF is not always straightforward, and simple actions like cut-and-paste might not be possible.
If, for example, there’s a paragraph within a PDF you’d like to cut and paste into a different document, you might face some troubles. If you convert that PDF to text, though, it will be very easy. This is the most common reason for PDF-to-text conversions!
Another reason would be to shrink PDFs down to a more economical size. If you have a PDF you’re saving that is filled with images, it could be quite large. But if all you care about is the text within that document, you can convert it to TXT and free up more space on your hard drive.
It is incredibly easy to convert PDF to text using our free online tool. You don’t need to worry about watermarks, signing up, sending us your email, or being limited to only a few uploads. You can upload as many files as you need!
To start, upload one or up to 20 PDFs using the controls above. You can drag and drop your files or hit the “UPLOAD FILES” button, whichever works better for your situation. If you have more than 20 files, don’t worry — you’ll be able to repeat these steps as many times as you need.
Once your PDFs are uploaded, our server will automatically start converting them to TXT files. When finished, you can download each one by hitting the “DOWNLOAD” buttons. However, if you’d rather get everything all at once, you can hit the “DOWNLOAD ALL” button. Doing so will get you a ZIP archive with all the text conversions.
When you’re ready to do another batch of conversions, just hit the “CLEAR QUEUE” button and start again.
Yes, it is totally safe. Our conversion tool is completely automated, so you don’t need to worry about anyone seeing your documents. The tool automatically purges all uploads and conversions after one hour, which means your documents are always secure.
If you’re worried about losing your original PDFs, that is not a problem. Our tool copies your PDFs when you upload them and then converts those copies. Your master PDF files are always safe on your device should you need them again.