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I'm looking for a software, which is able to convert a pdf document into a docx file. I know there is Adobe Acrobat Professional which does a good job concerning this. The drawback is that it costs money. I want a software which can do this for free.

Requirements:

  • free of charge
  • output either doc or docx
  • should be able to handle pictures, tables and text in the document
  • should convert documents with 15 and more pages in one run
  • Windows or Linux
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    Well, I know that Foxit Phantom is able to do that (foxitsoftware.com/Secure_PDF_Security/convert-export.php) But it's not free therefore I cannot post it as an answer. However, you can use the trial maybe? Feb 19 '14 at 7:48
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    There are plenty of SaaS options... this is one of many
    – This
    Feb 19 '14 at 9:10
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    Word 2013 will do this. Just open the PDF from within Word. I don't include it as an answer because Word is not free.
    – John
    Feb 23 '14 at 2:08
  • You want text to remain selectable/searchable I guess? Many converters just include everything as unmodifiable images, you should say that you don't want that.
    – Nicolas Raoul
    Apr 23 '14 at 4:57
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    Related: askubuntu.com/questions/240011/…. Nothing there that seems to support tables though.
    – mic
    Mar 4 '15 at 21:18
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Libre Office is completely free office suite that can open and edit pdf files.

You can run it on Windows and Linux (also, Mac OS X)

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    Adding more details would be great ;) May 27 '14 at 15:27
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    You can edit text boxes in LibreOffice Draw, but you can't convert the PDF files to anything but image files.
    – mic
    Mar 4 '15 at 21:11
  • LibreOffice Draw loads each page as a drawing and tables are not really supported. Each cell is converted to a separate text field, so you can't navigate between cells using tab and shift-tab. Still +1 since I guess that a pdf never stores the relation between text in different cells, so I don't believe that any existing software can recognize a table in a pdf file as such.
    – user829755
    Nov 8 '15 at 10:44
  • Have to take back my last sentence since Easy Converter (see Nick Wilde's answer) does seem to be good at recognizing tables, too.
    – user829755
    Nov 8 '15 at 11:02
  • No it can't. That is, it can't open and edit PDFs as documents.
    – einpoklum
    Oct 16 '17 at 22:44
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There are two free web apps that do this quite well:

In particular, Sejda works for up to 200 pages.

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    SmallPDF worked really well for me, all completely free.
    – jbk
    Jun 12 '17 at 19:26
  • SmallPDF didn't work for me, it just converts the PDF to a image stored in a Word file. Useless.
    – Ola Ström
    Feb 7 '20 at 23:22
  • Sedja worked ok, but the document layout in the converted Word file could have been better.
    – Ola Ström
    Feb 7 '20 at 23:24
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Easy Converter.

It has a (free) online mode or the desktop (Windows) app for $20 (USD) - with a free trial.

I have only used the online version however it was very accurate. and now to go over your specific requirements one by one:

  • free of charge: Online: Yes, Desktop: No: Free Trial available - $20 for full version.
  • output either doc or docx: No; exports as RTF; that is openable in pretty much any version of word however.
  • should be able to handle pictures, tables and text in the document yeah pretty well though some users have found table export to be unreliable.
  • should convert documents with 15 and more pages in one run: Trial version only supports first three pages and adds an advertising page at the end.
  • Windows or Linux: Windows
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  • not able to handle tables well,i tried :|
    – Alok
    Mar 19 '14 at 9:17
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As suggested by Nickolai you may use LibreOffice for PDF to Word conversion that works pretty well for reasonably simple PDF files.

LibreOffice has some utilities like convert that allow you to run it headless from the command line in Linux, Windows and MAC so you can do the conversions in the background.

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To open a PDF in LibreOffice Writer, you need to choose "PDF - Portable Document Format (Writer)" in the File Open dialog:

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Then you can save it in whatever format you wish (to odt, to doc, to docx).

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Machine-readable PDF files can actually be opened in the current MS Word program. You just need to open the PDF using MS Word. A pop-up warning will appear and once you've confirmed this, it will open as a Word file where you can edit the content like a .doc file and save as PDF again once done. Word processor warning

However, this works only to machine-readable files. Meaning, if your PDF is a scanned file, the computer will only recognize your PDF as an image-only file and will only open it as an image on the word processor.

If you don't have MS Word or if you have a scanned PDF file with you, we suggest you try the software we are developing which is DeftPDF online. It has tools that can answer your requirements - can convert PDF to doc file, without limitations, can be used in any platform. For scanned files, you can use the OCR tool within the web-based app to convert the PDF into a machine-readable file. This converter tool (PDF to DOC or the OCR tool) is web-based though and needs to be operated online through your browser.

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PDFChef it's great online PDF editor (or desktop Movavi PDF Editor).

Online editor are very simple in using: add your PDF document, wait for a few seconds (the app is turning the file into a Word), and download your file.

Hope you will like this one.

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I can't believe this is a seven year old question and that no one has yet mentioned the undisputed king of converters (and viewers), Calibre.

From the Faq:

What formats does calibre support conversion to/from?

calibre supports the conversion of many input formats to many output formats. It can convert every input format in the following list, to every output format.

Input Formats: AZW, AZW3, AZW4, CBZ, CBR, CB7, CBC, CHM, DJVU, DOCX, EPUB, FB2, FBZ, HTML, HTMLZ, LIT, LRF, MOBI, ODT, PDF, PRC, PDB, PML, RB, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT, TXTZ

Output Formats: AZW3, EPUB, DOCX, FB2, HTMLZ, OEB, LIT, LRF, MOBI, PDB, PMLZ, RB, PDF, RTF, SNB, TCR, TXT, TXTZ, ZIP

Calibre has been around since 2006, is open-source, stable, widely used (currently (Active installs: 3,389,907 (those that have started calibre at least once in the last 60 days)), and well supported, inluding a tag on SuperUser, and runs on Linux, Windows, Android, iOSiOS andmacOS.

Check out the demo

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