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PDF to Text - Convert PDF to Text Online for Free

by Hung Nguyen

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Use Smallpdf’s free online converter to save a PDF into an editable Text file. No signup is required.

Are you stuck with a non-editable PDF document? There is no need to purchase an expensive PDF editor or converter. Smallpdf offers 18+ tools to compress, modify, and of course, convert PDF into editable text files. Use our PDF to Text converter, which has OCR embedded to transform all the content of the original file into an editable text document.

How do I convert a PDF to Text?

  1. Drag your file into the PDF to Text converter.

  2. Choose to use OCR if needed.

  3. Watch as the tool converts the file in a matter of seconds.

  4. Download your file as a fully editable Word document.

  5. You can also continue to modify the PDF on our site as needed.


Fingersnap and your file will be converted from PDF to TXT!

Usage limitation


Using Smallpdf is entirely free of charge for first-time users. Even if you upload scanned PDF files, we have tested and implemented the very best Optical Character Recognition function within our tool to overcome this. The software will extract text and convert your PDF file right on our platform. Thus, the output file will also come our as an editable txt file, in a plain text form.

As our OCR is continuously tested over time, we aim to keep the formatting as close to the original file as possible. Do note that you can even convert PDF files into other editable formats, such as Excel and PPT.

More than a PDF to Text converter


You can use Smallpdf to convert PDF to Text files regardless of your operating system, as our cloud platform works directly within your internet browser. Other than conversion capabilities, there are more than a dozen of PDF tools in our collection, where you can:

  • Edit PDF - add text and shapes to your PDF.

  • eSign PDF - sign your documents online with an electronic signature.

  • Split - cut up PDF document into individual pages or extract only the pages you need.

  • Merge - combine multiple PDFs together.

  • Image to PDF - convert various image files into PDFs.

Hung Nguyen
Hung Nguyen
Content Marketing Manager @Smallpdf