How to Extract Tabular Data from PDF

It's quite tedious to extract tabular data from PDF and convert it into an easily editable and searchable format. Our developer team conducted a study to find out what's the best software for parsing PDF tables and getting data out of them.

September 16, 2020

1 min read


Today PDF is used as the basis of communication between companies, systems, and individuals. Most popular use cases for PDF documents in the business environment are:

  • Invoices
  • Purchase Orders
  • Shipping Notes
  • Reports
  • Presentations
  • Price & Product Lists
  • HR Forms

The sheer volume of information exchanged in PDF files means that the ability to extract data from PDF files quickly and automatically is essential. Spending time extracting data from PDFs to input into third party systems can be very costly for a company.

Luckily, different tools for extracting data from PDF tables are available in the market. Being somewhat similar to each other, they have their own advantages and disadvantages. UpsilonIT's developer team conducted a big comparative study of 6 software solutions to discover how they perform their core functions of extracting tabular data from PDF and how they stack up against each other. With great pleasure, we provide the study results in the article that has been recently published in 2 parts on, a leading online community of software developers. Please see the links below:

‘How to Extract Tabular Data from PDF [Part 1]’

‘How to Extract Tabular Data from PDF [Part 2]’

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