Extracting objects from a PDF

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31st May 2016
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 * Example written by Bruno Lowagie in answer to the following question:
 * http://stackoverflow.com/questions/30286601/extracting-an-embedded-object-from-a-pdf
package com.itextpdf.samples.sandbox.parse;

import com.itextpdf.kernel.PdfException;
import com.itextpdf.kernel.pdf.PdfDocument;
import com.itextpdf.kernel.pdf.PdfObject;
import com.itextpdf.kernel.pdf.PdfReader;
import com.itextpdf.kernel.pdf.PdfStream;
import com.itextpdf.test.annotations.type.SampleTest;

import org.junit.Assert;
import org.junit.BeforeClass;
import org.junit.Test;
import org.junit.experimental.categories.Category;

import java.io.File;
import java.io.FileOutputStream;
import java.io.IOException;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;

public class ExtractStreams {
    public static final String DEST = "./target/test/resources/sandbox/parse/extract_streams%s";
    public static final String SRC = "./src/test/resources/pdfs/image.pdf";

    public static void before() {
        new File(DEST).getParentFile().mkdirs();

    public static void main(String[] args) throws IOException {
        new ExtractStreams().manipulatePdf();

    public void manipulatePdf() throws IOException {
        PdfDocument pdfDoc = new PdfDocument(new PdfReader(SRC));
        PdfObject obj;
        List streamLengths = new ArrayList<>();
        for (int i = 1; i <= pdfDoc.getNumberOfPdfObjects(); i++) {
            obj = pdfDoc.getPdfObject(i);
            if (obj != null && obj.isStream()) {
                byte[] b;
                try {
                    b = ((PdfStream) obj).getBytes();
                } catch (PdfException exc) {
                    b = ((PdfStream) obj).getBytes(false);
                FileOutputStream fos = new FileOutputStream(String.format(DEST, i));

        Assert.assertArrayEquals(new Integer[]{30965, 74}, streamLengths.toArray(new Integer[streamLengths.size()]));



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