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extract plain text from MS Word docx files

Terminal - extract plain text from MS Word docx files
unzip -p some.docx word/document.xml | sed -e 's/<[^>]\{1,\}>//g; s/[^[:print:]]\{1,\}//g'
2009-12-10 15:13:33
User: putnamhill
Functions: sed
extract plain text from MS Word docx files

Tested on MacOS X


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Nice. Just want to add that quickview has no problems with docx

Comment by tmadsen 311 weeks ago

I haven't heard of quickview, but that's probably because I'm on MacOS 10.3.9. I seem to be missing all sorts of goodies!

Comment by putnamhill 310 weeks and 6 days ago

"| strings" might work instead of sed; "\+" would be a shorter equivalent of "\{1,\}"

Comment by w216 308 weeks and 2 days ago


But \n is lost. Can someone help with that?

Comment by 3aa 140 weeks ago

3aa: I eventually delivered!

unzip -p file.docx word/document.xml | sed -e 's/<\/w:p>/\n/g; s/<[^>]\{1,\}>//g; s/[^[:print:]\n]\{1,\}//g'
Comment by jaymcjay 2 weeks and 1 day ago

Your point of view

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