Programming language: Java
License: MIT License
Tags: PDF     Projects    
Latest version: v1.0.4

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tabula-java is a library for extracting tables from PDF files — it is the table extraction engine that powers Tabula (repo). You can use tabula-java as a command-line tool to programmatically extract tables from PDFs.

© 2014-2020 Manuel Aristarán. Available under MIT License. See [LICENSE](LICENSE).


Download a version of the tabula-java's jar, with all dependencies included, that works on Mac, Windows and Linux from our [releases page](../../releases).

Usage Examples

tabula-java provides a command line application:

$ java -jar target/tabula-1.0.5-jar-with-dependencies.jar --help
usage: tabula [-a <AREA>] [-b <DIRECTORY>] [-c <COLUMNS>] [-f <FORMAT>]
       [-g] [-h] [-i] [-l] [-n] [-o <OUTFILE>] [-p <PAGES>] [-r] [-s
       <PASSWORD>] [-t] [-u] [-v]

Tabula helps you extract tables from PDFs

 -a,--area <AREA>           -a/--area = Portion of the page to analyze.
                            Example: --area 269.875,12.75,790.5,561.
                            Accepts top,left,bottom,right i.e. y1,x1,y2,x2
                            where all values are in points relative to the
                            top left corner. If all values are between
                            0-100 (inclusive) and preceded by '%', input
                            will be taken as % of actual height or width
                            of the page. Example: --area %0,0,100,50. To
                            specify multiple areas, -a option should be
                            repeated. Default is entire page
 -b,--batch <DIRECTORY>     Convert all .pdfs in the provided directory.
 -c,--columns <COLUMNS>     X coordinates of column boundaries. Example
                            --columns 10.1,20.2,30.3. If all values are
                            between 0-100 (inclusive) and preceded by '%',
                            input will be taken as % of actual width of
                            the page. Example: --columns %25,50,80.6
 -f,--format <FORMAT>       Output format: (CSV,TSV,JSON). Default: CSV
 -g,--guess                 Guess the portion of the page to analyze per
 -h,--help                  Print this help text.
 -i,--silent                Suppress all stderr output.
 -l,--lattice               Force PDF to be extracted using lattice-mode
                            extraction (if there are ruling lines
                            separating each cell, as in a PDF of an Excel
 -n,--no-spreadsheet        [Deprecated in favor of -t/--stream] Force PDF
                            not to be extracted using spreadsheet-style
                            extraction (if there are no ruling lines
                            separating each cell)
 -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           [Deprecated in favor of -l/--lattice] Force
                            PDF to be extracted using spreadsheet-style
                            extraction (if there are ruling lines
                            separating each cell, as in a PDF of an Excel
 -s,--password <PASSWORD>   Password to decrypt document. Default is empty
 -t,--stream                Force PDF to be extracted using stream-mode
                            extraction (if there are no ruling lines
                            separating each cell)
 -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-1.0.5-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 [tests](src/test/java/technology/tabula/) folder.

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 -b option, which allows you to convert all pdfs in a given directory
  • 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-java to 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 acknowledgement on our official site and this README.

Special thanks to the following users and organizations for generously supporting Tabula with donations and grants:

*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the Tabula README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.