Convert PDF to TXT in C#

As a programmer, often you have to extract content from PDF files as plain text for further processing, such as analysis and information extraction. Processing PDF files and converting a whole PDF into TXT format is a troublesome task when you don’t have the right tools. So in this blog, we will explore how to convert a PDF file to TXT format programmatically in C#.

C# Library for PDF to TXT Conversion

Aspose.Words for .NET is an amazing document processing API that allows developers to work with Word documents, as well as various other formats, including PDF. With its extensive set of features, Aspose.Words simplifies document manipulation, conversion, and generation tasks. We will utilize this library to convert PDF files to TXT format in a .NET application.

You can install the library from NuGet using the following command. Or download its DLL from the Releases section.

PM> Install-Package Aspose.Words 

Convert a PDF to TXT in C#

Aspose.Words for .NET hides all the complex operations of extracting text from PDF files and enables you to perform PDF to TXT conversion in a couple of steps, as mentioned below.

  • Load the PDF file.
  • Convert PDF to TXT format with a single function call.

Thus, with a couple of lines of code, you can convert content in a PDF file to plain text, no matter how large the source PDF is. Let’s now write the code to perform this conversion in C#.

  • First, load the PDF using the Document class.
  • Then, save the document as a TXT file using Document.Save(filePath) method.

The following C# code snippet converts a PDF to TXT format.

Get a Free API License

You can get a free temporary license to convert PDF files to TXT format without evaluation limitations.


In this blog post, we explored how to convert PDF to TXT in C# using the Aspose.Words for .NET library. Following the guidelines and using the code snippet, you can easily process large PDF files and convert them to plain text. Aspose.Words simplifies document processing tasks, making it a valuable tool for developers working with various document formats in their applications. You can visit the documentation of this .NET word processing library to explore its amazing features. In case you would have any questions, feel free to let us know via our forum.

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