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Convert PDF To Base64 In Python

Convert PDF To Base64 In Python

Looking for a tutorial on how to convert pdf to base64 in python then you are at the right place, Today in this article I will show you how to convert pdf file to base64 using python programming.

To convert a pdf file to base64 we will use the python library Base64 it allows us to encode and decode base64 code, It comes preinstalled with python so you don’t have to install it.

Python Code To Convert PDF To Base64

import base64

pdf = open('sample.pdf', 'rb')
bs64 = base64.b64encode(pdf.read())



Above is the python code to convert pdf to base64 . You can run this code and see the result. To run this program you need to have python installed, if you don’t have, then read this: Install and setup python.

Before running this program you need to enter the path or name of the pdf file you want to convert in the open() function.

Follow this steps to run this program:

  • First, create a new folder for this program.
  • Open it in a code editor of your choice.
  • Create a python file with .py extension.
  • Copy the above code and paste it in your file.
  • Open a terminal or CMD at folder location
  • And type this command python filename.py (Name of your py file).

After running the program you will see that it printed the base64 version of the pdf file. Want to know how to convert base64 to pdf then read this: Convert base64 to pdf in python.


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