Sometimes I get password-protected pdf files from people with passwords in the mail. It becomes a pain to remember them. The pdf file are usually version 1.4 documents, this information I am sharing is in relation to my earlier question. Now my question is, is there a way to extract and make a new pdf file from the pdf file, this time without password-protection. I am guessing pdftk could be useful here.


It depends a bit on what kind of pw is set on the pdf. There are user, owner and input passwords.

For userpw:

pdftk input.pdf output output.pdf user_pw YOURPASSWORD-HERE

with user and ownerpw

pdftk input.pdf output output.pdf user_pw YOURPASSWORD-HERE owner_pw YOURPASSWORD-HERE

for input pw:

pdftk input.pdf output output.pdf input_pw YOURPASSWORD-HERE

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