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Paul Rayman  
#1 Posted : Saturday, November 2, 2019 2:59:28 AM(UTC)
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is there a possibility to get the embedded files of a pdf document with .net code?

An embedded file stream can be included in a PDF document in the following
  • File attachment annotations, which associate the embedded file with a location on a page in the document
  • Embedded file streams can be associated with the document as a whole
    through the EmbeddedFiles entry in the PDF document’s name dictionary


static void Main(string[] args)
    using (var doc = PdfDocument.Load(@"test.pdf"))

private static void ExtractAttachmentsFromCatalog(PdfDocument doc)
    if (doc.Root.ContainsKey("Names"))
        var names = doc.Root["Names"].As<PdfTypeDictionary>();
        if (names.ContainsKey("EmbeddedFiles"))
            var embeddedFiles = names["EmbeddedFiles"].As<PdfTypeDictionary>();
            var attachments = embeddedFiles["Names"].As<PdfTypeArray>();
            for (int i = 0; i < attachments.Count; i += 2)
                string attachmentName = attachments[i].As<PdfTypeString>().UnicodeString;
                var attachmentDict = attachments[i + 1].As<PdfTypeDictionary>();
                var attachmentStream = attachmentDict["EF"].As<PdfTypeDictionary>()["F"].As<PdfTypeStream>();
                var data = attachmentStream.DecodedData;
                WriteExtractedData(attachmentName, data);

private static void ExtractAttachmentsFromAnnotations(PdfDocument doc)
    foreach (var page in doc.Pages)
        if (page.Annots == null)
        foreach (var annot in page.Annots)
            if (annot is PdfFileAttachmentAnnotation)
                var fileSpec = (annot as PdfFileAttachmentAnnotation).FileSpecification;
                var file = fileSpec.EmbeddedFile;
                byte[] fileContent = file.Stream.DecodedData;
                WriteExtractedData(fileSpec.FileName, fileContent);

private static void WriteExtractedData(string name, byte[] data)
    System.IO.File.WriteAllBytes($@"Out\{name}", data);

Edited by user Saturday, November 2, 2019 3:09:11 AM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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