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PDFCRACK(1) General Commands Manual PDFCRACK(1)


pdfcrack - Password recovery tool for PDF-files


pdfcrack [ -f ] FILE [OPTION]...


PDFCrack is a tool for recovering passwords and content from PDF-files.

If aborted with Ctrl-C or by receiving a SIGINT signal, pdfcrack will automatically save current position. The position will be saved in a file called savedstate.sav in current working directory.

Mandatory arguments for long options are mandatory for short options too.


perform benchmark and exit
Use the characters in STRING as charset
Use FILE as source of passwords to try
Skip trying passwords shorter than INTEGER
Stop when reaching this INTEGER passwordlength
Continue from the state saved in FILE
Work with the ownerpassword
Work with the userpassword (default)
Give userpassword to speed up breaking ownerpassword (implies -o)
Run quietly
Try permutating the passwords (currently only supports switching first character to uppercase)
Print version and exit


Via e-mail to Henning Noren <> or report on project page at


Henning Noren


Copyright © 2009 Henning Noren <>
This is free software. You may redistribute copies of it under the terms of the GNU General Public License <>. There is NO WARRANTY, to the extent permitted by law.

February 2009 User Commands