tabula-java is a library for extracting tables from PDF files — it is the table extraction engine that used to power Tabula (repo). You can use
tabula-java as a command-line tool to programmatically extract tables from PDFs.
(This is the new version of the extraction engine; the previous code can be found at
© 2014-2016 Manuel Aristarán. Available under MIT License. See
Download a version of the tabula-java's jar, with all dependencies included, that works on Mac, Windows and Linux from our releases page.
tabula-java provides a command line application:
$ java -jar ./target/tabula-0.9.1-jar-with-dependencies.jar --help usage: tabula [-a <AREA>] [-b <DIRECTORY>] [-c <COLUMNS>] [-d] [-f <FORMAT>] [-g] [-h] [-i] [-n] [-o <OUTFILE>] [-p <PAGES>] [-r] [-s <PASSWORD>] [-u] [-v] Tabula helps you extract tables from PDFs -a,--area <AREA> Portion of the page to analyze (top,left,bottom,right). Example: --area 269.875,12.75,790.5,561. Default is entire page -c,--columns <COLUMNS> X coordinates of column boundaries. Example --columns 10.1,20.2,30.3 -d,--debug Print detected table areas instead of processing. -b,--batch <DIRECTORY> Convert all .pdfs in the provided directory -f,--format <FORMAT> Output format: (CSV,TSV,JSON). Default: CSV -g,--guess Guess the portion of the page to analyze per page. -h,--help Print this help text. -i,--silent Suppress all stderr output. -n,--no-spreadsheet Force PDF not to be extracted using spreadsheet-style extraction (if there are ruling lines separating each cell, as in a PDF of an Excel spreadsheet) -o,--outfile <OUTFILE> Write output to <file> instead of STDOUT. Default: - -p,--pages <PAGES> Comma separated list of ranges, or all. Examples: --pages 1-3,5-7, --pages 3 or --pages all. Default is --pages 1 -r,--spreadsheet Force PDF to be extracted using spreadsheet-style extraction (if there are ruling lines separating each cell, as in a PDF of an Excel spreadsheet) -s,--password <PASSWORD> Password to decrypt document. Default is empty -u,--use-line-returns Use embedded line returns in cells. (Only in spreadsheet mode.) -v,--version Print version and exit.
It also includes a debugging tool, run
java -cp ./target/tabula-0.9.1-jar-with-dependencies.jar technology.tabula.debug.Debug -h for the available options.
You can also integrate
tabula-java with any JVM language. For Java examples, see the
JVM start-up time is a lot of the cost of the
tabula command, so if you're trying to extract many tables from PDFs, you have a few options for speeding it up:
- the drip utility
- the Ruby, Python, R, and Node.js bindings
- writing your own program in any JVM language (Java, JRuby, Scala) that imports tabula-java.
- waiting for us to implement an API/server-style system (it's on the roadmap)
Building from Source
Clone this repo and run:
mvn clean compile assembly:single
Interested in helping out? We'd love to have your help!
You can help by:
- Reporting a bug.
- Adding or editing documentation.
- Contributing code via a Pull Request.
- Spreading the word about
tabula-javato people who might be able to benefit from using it.
You can also support our continued work on
tabula-java with a one-time or monthly donation on OpenCollective. Organizations who use
tabula-java can also sponsor the project for acknolwedgement on our official site and this README.
Special thanks to the following users and organizations for generously supporting Tabula with donations and grants: