ps2ascii − Ghostscript translator from PostScript or PDF to

ps2ascii [ [ output.txt ] ]
ps2ascii input.pdf [ output.txt ]

ps2ascii uses gs(1) to extract ASCII text from
PostScript(tm) or Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF)
files. If no files are specified on the command line, gs
reads from standard input; but PDF input must come from an
explicitly‐named file, not standard input.  If no output
file is specified, the ASCII text is written to standard

     ps2ascii doesn’t look at font encoding, and isn’t very
good at dealing with kerning, so for PostScript (but not
currently PDF), you might consider pstotext (see below).

Run "gs ‐h" to find the location of Ghostscript
documentation on your system, from which you can get more


This document was last revised for Ghostscript version 7.07.

L. Peter Deutsch <> was the original
author.  The current version has substantial improvements by
David M. Jones <>.