Is there a command-line tool to extract annotations (comments added using evince) from PDF-files?

I search such a solution to send people feedback on their submitted documents. Apart from replying with the annotated PDF as attachment, I want to include a dump of my comments as substitution for a proper changelog in the email's body.

In the man pages of tools like pdftotext, pdftohtml or pdfinfo I did not find any helpful options.

  • Clarification: I am not talking about freehand (digital ink) comments. – fheub Feb 13 '12 at 9:27
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    See the python script in the answer to this question stackoverflow.com/questions/1106098/… – mlberlin Oct 6 '16 at 14:28
  • @mlberlin thank you for the helpful link! I don't see why I could not find it myself back then – but it has really been a long time ago … – fheub Oct 10 '16 at 6:26

Yes; see


and maybe


(thought we should take this question out of the unanswerd queue)

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  • is textricator also able to process annotations/comments from PDF documents? The examples and README are only describing processing of "regular" content. – fheub Jul 30 '18 at 8:35

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