Reading the pdf file using selenium webdriver

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I m clicking on a link on a web page.When clicking on a link, a pdf file opens up in new window. I had to read that pdf file to validate some data against the transactions done. How can I validate it without downloading it?
Apr 25, 2018 in Selenium by Martin
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I am unable to close pdf document after reading from local directory, Can you please advise?

Hii @SA,

You need to run this script first in selenium java class, so when a pdf window comes in the UI,it just closes it

WinWaitActive("[CLASS:AcrobatSDIWindow]")
WinActivate("[CLASS:AcrobatSDIWindow]")
WinClose("[CLASS:AcrobatSDIWindow]")

To run in the java code use: Runtime.getRuntime().exec("E:\\Auto_IT_Scripts_New\\Close_PDF_File.exe");

This will run the script in the system and the script run stops once the file has been closed.

Hope it helps!!

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Use should use PDFBox and FontBox.

    public String readPDFInURL() throws EmptyFileException, IOException {

        WebDriver driver = new FirefoxDriver();

        // page with example pdf document

        driver.get("file:///C:/Users/admin/Downloads/theleader.pdf");

        URL url = new URL(driver.getCurrentUrl());

        InputStream is = url.openStream();

        BufferedInputStream fileToParse = new BufferedInputStream(is);

        PDDocument document = null;

        try {

            document = PDDocument.load(fileToParse);

            String output = new PDFTextStripper().getText(document);

        } finally {

            if (document != null) {

                document.close();

            }

            fileToParse.close();

            is.close();

        }

        return output;

    }

Some of the functions from the older versions of PDFBox have been deprecated, so we need to use another FontBox along with PDFBox. I have used PDFBox (2.0.3) and FontBox (2.0.3) and it is working fine. It won't read images though.

answered Apr 25, 2018 by Vardy
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