extract plain text from MS Word docx files

unzip -p some.docx word/document.xml | sed -e 's/<[^>]\{1,\}>//g; s/[^[:print:]]\{1,\}//g'
Tested on MacOS X

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2009-12-10 15:13:33

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Nice. Just want to add that quickview has no problems with docx
tmadsen · 445 weeks and 2 days 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!
putnamhill · 445 weeks and 1 day ago
"| strings" might work instead of sed; "\+" would be a shorter equivalent of "\{1,\}"
w216 · 442 weeks and 4 days ago
Nice! But \n is lost. Can someone help with that?
3aa · 274 weeks and 2 days 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'
jaymcjay · 136 weeks and 3 days ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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