Introduction to Xpdf

Xpdf is a viewer for Adobe's free Portable Document Format (PDF) which is both fast and small and comes with some useful command-line utilities.

Package information

Xpdf dependencies



Installation of Xpdf

Install Xpdf by running the following commands:

patch -d xpdf -Np0 -i ../../xpdf-3.00pl1.patch &&
patch -d xpdf -Np0 -i ../../xpdf-3.00pl2.patch &&
patch -d xpdf -Np0 -i ../../xpdf-3.00pl3.patch &&
patch -Np1 -i ../xpdf-3.00pl3-freetype_2.1.7_hack-2.patch &&
./configure --prefix=/usr --sysconfdir=/etc \
    --with-freetype2-includes=/usr/include/freetype2 &&
make &&
make install

Installation command explanations

--enable-a4-paper: This switch must be added to set DIN A4 as the standard paper format.

Configuring Xpdf

Config files

/etc/xpdfrc, ~/.xpdfrc

Configuration Information

In the /etc directory you will find a sample xpdfrc that can be either copied to ~/.xpdfrc or taken as an example to write your own configuration file.

# Example .xpdfrc
displayFontT1 Times-Roman           /usr/share/ghostscript/fonts/n021003l.pfb
displayFontT1 Times-Italic          /usr/share/ghostscript/fonts/n021023l.pfb
displayFontT1 Times-Bold            /usr/share/ghostscript/fonts/n021004l.pfb
displayFontT1 Times-BoldItalic      /usr/share/ghostscript/fonts/n021024l.pfb
displayFontT1 Helvetica             /usr/share/ghostscript/fonts/n019003l.pfb
displayFontT1 Helvetica-Oblique     /usr/share/ghostscript/fonts/n019023l.pfb
displayFontT1 Helvetica-Bold        /usr/share/ghostscript/fonts/n019004l.pfb
displayFontT1 Helvetica-BoldOblique /usr/share/ghostscript/fonts/n019024l.pfb
displayFontT1 Courier               /usr/share/ghostscript/fonts/n022003l.pfb
displayFontT1 Courier-Oblique       /usr/share/ghostscript/fonts/n022023l.pfb
displayFontT1 Courier-Bold          /usr/share/ghostscript/fonts/n022004l.pfb
displayFontT1 Courier-BoldOblique   /usr/share/ghostscript/fonts/n022024l.pfb
displayFontT1 Symbol                /usr/share/ghostscript/fonts/s050000l.pfb
displayFontT1 ZapfDingbats          /usr/share/ghostscript/fonts/d050000l.pfb

fontDir                 /usr/X11R6/lib/X11/fonts/TTF

psFile                  "|lpr"
psPaperSize             letter
#psPaperSize             A4
textEOL                 unix

enableT1lib             yes
enableFreeType          yes
antialias               yes

urlCommand              "links -g %s"


The Xpdf package contains xpdf, pdftops, pdftotext, pdftoppm, pdffonts, pdfimages and pdfinfo.



xpdf displays files in PDF format.


pdftops converts PDF files to PS format.


pdftotext parses ASCII text from PDF files.


pdftoppm converts PDF files to PBM, PGM, PPM formats.


pdffonts lists the fonts used in a PDF file along with various information for each font.


pdfimages saves images from a PDF file as PPM, PBM, or JPEG files.


pdfinfo prints the contents of the 'Info' dictionary (plus some other useful information) from a PDF file.

Last updated on 2005-02-16 21:58:42 -0700