Decrypting PDFs for printing, modifying

I was trying to print out some PDF files today that I had downloaded from a government website, and encountered the encrypted PDF phenomenon (I got a “This operation is not permitted” message or some such).

After much frustration, I found a site that said you can use the Ghostscript pdf2ps utility to convert the problematic PDF to a PostScript file, and then use ps2pdf to convert it back to a nice unencrypted PDF file for printing. Both pdf2ps and pdf2ps are available for GNU/Linux and Windows. GSView will also often open and print such PDFs just fine.

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Categories Internet, Unix

2 thoughts on “Decrypting PDFs for printing, modifying

  1. Thanks for the information. I have run into this same issue several times and is very annoying to say the least.

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