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PyPDF4 is a pure-python PDF library capable of splitting, merging together, cropping, and transforming the pages of PDF files. It can also add custom data, viewing options, and passwords to PDF files. It can retrieve text and metadata from PDFs as well as merge entire files together.

What happened to PyPDF2? Nothing; it's still available at For various reasons @claird will eventually explain, I've simply decided to mark a new "business model" with a slightly-renamed project name. While PyPDF4 will continue to be available at no charge, I have strong plans for better ongoing support to start in August 2018.

Homepage (available soon):


Please see the samplecode/ folder.


Documentation soon will be available, although probably not at


Please see (available in early August).


PyPDF4 includes a modest (but growing!) test suite built on the unittest framework. All tests are located in the tests/ folder and are distributed among dedicated modules. Tests can be run from the command line using tox:

python -m pip install tox
python -m tox


For an exhaustive overview of what rules you are expected to maintain, please visit Contributing in the project Wiki. A quick outline of these is:

  • Provide test cases for individual units of development of your own. Proper testing is highly encouraged: Code without tests is broken by design - Jacob Kaplan-Moss, Django's original development team member.
  • Follow the PEP 8 style conventions, such as:
    • lower_case_with_underscores nomenclature (e.g., file_name rather than fileName, and write_file() rather than writeFile()).
    • Line lengths of 79 characters or less.
    • Correct spacing between global-scoped classes and functions (two newlines in between etc.) and within internal code blocks.
  • Target your code for Python 3 but maintain retrocompatibility with Python 2 (do we retain Py2? Still under active consideration).
  • Provide docstring documentation for public classes and functions.
  • Utilize # TO-DO or TO-DO markings within docstrings for indicating a feature that is yet to be implemented or discussed. Some IDEs feature TO-DOs detection consoles.
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