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Can search PDFs?

  • I wasn’t able to find this question on any previous posts.

    I am learning WP to use as CMS for a nonprofit agency that publishes a lot of informational documents online as PDFs. In playing around with the not-yet-live site, we find that the search function doesn’t include results for content within uploaded PDFs.

    Has anyone figured out a plugin to include PDFs in search results, or integrated something like pdftotext with WP?

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  • The only search plugin I know of is: http://www.semiologic.com/projects/search-reloaded/ but I don’t think any current plugins will go so far as searching linked files so you would be looking at something custom built to achive that.

    You might consider looking at some of the plugins for the Google desktop 2 program. One of them is a pdf search tool..might get you started on what needs to be done. In my case, I also offer tons of PDFs, and Google (the search engine) is able to search the ocr’ed versions of pdfs (but not the image only pdfs, obviously). Next best choice is to have a keyword list of the most obvious search terms for each pdf, but that would take a lot of time if you have hundreds like I do…and I don’t (have time, that is..)

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