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Remove security limitations from PDF documents using ghostscript

Terminal - Remove security limitations from PDF documents using ghostscript
gs -q -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile=OUTPUT.pdf -c .setpdfwrite -f INPUT.pdf
2009-12-14 21:30:22
User: deijmaster
Functions: gs
Remove security limitations from PDF documents using ghostscript

Remove security from PDF document using this very simple command on Linux and OSX. You need ghostscript for this baby to work.


There is 1 alternative - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives
gswin32c -dSAFER -dBATCH -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sFONTPATH=%windir%/fonts;xfonts;. -sPDFPassword= -dPDFSETTINGS=/prepress -dPassThroughJPEGImages=true -sOutputFile=OUTPUT.pdf INPUT.pdf

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What others think

This is just great, so I can finally remove wine and GetPDF Encryptor/Decryptor :-)

Comment by nickwe 333 weeks ago

Any encrypted PDF's around to test with?

Comment by pykler 331 weeks and 6 days ago

Can this metod crack PDF Example - Password protection in

http://www.novapdf.com/kb/pdf-example-files-created-with-with-novapdf-138.html ?

(128-bit key length encryption and requires a password to open it (you can open it using the password test))

Comment by adrruiz 258 weeks ago

The script for Windows works like a charm. It deserves high votes.

To make it easy to use, add the path to gswin32c in your autoexec.bat file. Include the path to the input and output files in the command string (easiest to put them in the root directory of one of your drives).

Comment by tongass 202 weeks ago

Well to be honest, there are some easy to use desktop utilities to unlock a PDF file from password restrictions. Give a try to this PDF security remover: http://mypdfsolutions.com/

It works!

Comment by pjones04 156 weeks and 5 days ago

Professional resolution to remove security for PDF document without any obscurity get PDF security removal tool by downloading PDF it help to remove PDF multiple and allow choice like editing, copying, printing in password protected PDF file

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Comment by loadmarin 147 weeks and 3 days ago

PDF password is the best way to prevent your content from copying and editing by someone else, Don't be too upset if the password was lost, you can find a PDF remover easily. When choosing a PDF security remover pay attention to what it offers. For example PDF remover should restore both Owner (edit, print, copy the contents of the file) and User (access the file) passwords, because some of them can restore only Owner type of password, here I?d like to share a too that I used it for a year, Vibosoft PDF password remover program, here is the article: http://www.vibosoft.com/ebook/remove-pdf-password-protection.html

Comment by Kakacardly 141 weeks and 1 day ago

Hi, thanks for this great script! It is so convenient to put this to batch that goes through multiple subfolder.

But now I have a question. I have a huge number of files where not all of them are password protected. Converting them with this script will increase the file size and is not recommended. How can I make a script that first checks the PDF for security and if needed then applies GS?

Comment by proguru 139 weeks and 4 days ago

I always use iPubsoft PDF Password Remover to remove security limitations from PDF files, you can do lots of things on your PDF if you want. Read the detailed guide here:


Comment by sandraalan 136 weeks and 2 days ago

Don't worry here is a solution for apply on every type of security limitations from PDF files. PDF restriction removal tool available with three scanning mode to remove every type of protection from PDF file. Visit for more details : http://exchangerecovery.hubpages.com/hub/Successful-PDF-restriction-removal

Comment by mikeportel 119 weeks and 6 days ago

Here is another way for that, Remove Password and Restrictions from Protected PDF files


Comment by AustinErd 59 weeks and 1 day ago

Here is another way for that, Remove Password and Restrictions from Protected PDF files


Comment by AustinErd 59 weeks and 1 day ago

Why not try Coolmuster PDF Password Remover app ? like this :


Comment by Jillopp 42 weeks ago

You can simply remove the password with 1-click:


Comment by lucillie 15 weeks and 4 days ago

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