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Convert PDF To Text From File (Node.js) - Async API - JavaScript

PDF To TEXT sample in JavaScript demonstrating ‘Convert PDF To Text From File (Node.js) - Async API’

app.js
/*jshint esversion: 6 */

var https = require("https");
var path = require("path");
var fs = require("fs");

// `request` module is required for file upload.
// Use "npm install request" command to install.
var request = require("request");

// The authentication key (API Key).
// Get your own by registering at https://app.pdf.co
const API_KEY = "*******************************";

// Source PDF file
const SourceFile = "./sample.pdf";
// Comma-separated list of page indices (or ranges) to process. Leave empty for all pages. Example: '0,2-5,7-'.
const Pages = "";
// PDF document password. Leave empty for unprotected documents.
const Password = "";
// Destination TXT file name
const DestinationFile = "./result.txt";


// Prepare request uri for `PDF To Text` API endpoint
var query = `https://api.pdf.co/v1/pdf/convert/to/text`;
let reqOptions = {
    uri: query,
    headers: { "x-api-key": API_KEY },
    formData: {
        name: path.basename(DestinationFile),
        pages: Pages,
        password: Password,
        async: 'True',
        file: fs.createReadStream(SourceFile)
    },
};

// Send request
request.post(reqOptions, function (error, response, body) {
    if (error) {
        return console.error("Error: ", error);
    }

    // Parse JSON response
    let data = JSON.parse(body);
    console.log(`Job #${data.jobId} has been created!`);
    checkIfJobIsCompleted(data.jobId, data.url);
});

function checkIfJobIsCompleted(jobId, resultFileUrl) {
    let queryPath = `/v1/job/check`;

    // JSON payload for api request
    let jsonPayload = JSON.stringify({
        jobid: jobId
    });

    let reqOptions = {
        host: "api.pdf.co",
        path: queryPath,
        method: "POST",
        headers: {
            "x-api-key": API_KEY,
            "Content-Type": "application/json",
            "Content-Length": Buffer.byteLength(jsonPayload, 'utf8')
        }
    };

    // Send request
    var postRequest = https.request(reqOptions, (response) => {
        response.on("data", (d) => {
            response.setEncoding("utf8");

            // Parse JSON response
            let data = JSON.parse(d);
            console.log(`Checking Job #${jobId}, Status: ${data.status}, Time: ${new Date().toLocaleString()}`);

            if (data.status == "working") {
                // Check again after 3 seconds
                setTimeout(function () {
                    checkIfJobIsCompleted(jobId, resultFileUrl);
                }, 3000);
            }
            else if (data.status == "success") {
                // Download TXT file
                var file = fs.createWriteStream(DestinationFile);
                https.get(resultFileUrl, (response2) => {
                    response2.pipe(file)
                        .on("close", () => {
                            console.log(`Generated TXT file saved as "${DestinationFile}" file.`);
                        });
                });
            }
            else {
                console.log(`Operation ended with status: "${data.status}".`);
            }
        })
    });

    // Write request data
    postRequest.write(jsonPayload);
    postRequest.end();
}

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