PDF Alchemist

Getting Started

When you install PDF Alchemist, the product includes both a command line utility, as an executable file, and an API that you can use to build your own application to convert PDF documents to HTML, XML, or EPUB export files.

PDF Alchemist is provided for Mac and Linux 64 bit platforms and for Windows 32 and 64 bit.

The PDF Alchemist library file is used by both the command line utility and the API.

Platform Installation File Installation Directory Library file SDK directory
Linux Compressed TAR file (.tgz) PDFAlchemist, within the current working directory libPDFAlchemist.so

A shared library containing the logic for processing PDF files


Header file that declares the PDF Alchemist API

Max OS Zip file PDFAlchemist, within the current working directory libPDFAlchemist.dylib

A dynamic link library containing the logic for processing PDF files


Header file that declares the PDF Alchemist API

Windows Self-extracting zip file C:\Datalogics\PDFAlchemist PDFAlchemist.dll

Stored in the root directory of the download files


Program executable file for the command line utility


Header file that declares the PDF Alchemist API


The DLL file for Windows is also stored in the SDK directory. Use this file to link your application to PDF Alchemist.


Linux Verified on Ubuntu 14.04 and RedHat Enterprise Linux 7. Other Linux versions using Linux kernel 3.2 or higher are also supported.
Mac OS Mac OS X 10.9 or higher required
Windows Windows 7 or higher required


The cmaps folder holds CMAP font files.

CMAP refers to a type of font called a Character Map. Some fonts in PDF files use predefined mappings between character encodings and specific, predefined character identifier sets. Specifically, CMAP files are used to map Unicode font characters to Chinese/Japanese/Korean (CJK) characters. These mappings (CMaps) are a standard part of the PDF specification. They are needed to properly process PDF documents that do not include embedded Unicode conversion settings but that do contain CJK language characters. Because of their large size, these character maps are stored in files that are provided with Acrobat and other Adobe Systems products, and are usually referenced by name from PDF files when needed.


The default output is two files written to two folders. The HTML file generated is called page1.html, and the product also provides a cascading style sheet, stylesheet.css.

The folders named /fonts and /images contain extracted and generated fonts and images that are referenced by the output and CSS files. If you convert a PDF form file into an HTML form, PDF Alchemist will also write a style sheet file called AcroForm.css.

If your input PDF contains bookmarks, PDF Alchemist will write a file called bookmarks.html, that holds a set of links for bookmarks in the PDF document to corresponding sections in the HTML output file.

When you use PDF Alchemist to generate EPUB output, all of the necessary files will be stored within the EPUB file written to the output directory.

Windows Specific Issues

Run the vcredist_x86.exe (32‐bit only) or vcredist_x64.exe installer program before running PDF Alchemist. The file is found in the root directory.

Note: Make sure to install the Visual Studio 2013 C++ runtime support files. If you don’t, you may see an error message about a missing DLL file called MSVCP120.dll.

Additional Linux dependencies

In order to run PDF Alchemist, the following dependencies are needed. These versions are tested and are known to work with the product.

dependency description
libpng15.so.15 PNG library
libz.so.1 Assembly embedding library
libxml2.so.2 XML library
libpthread.so.0 Pthread library
libGL.so.1 OpenGL library
libGLU.so.1 OpenGL utility library
libstdc++.so.6 GNU standard C++ library
libm.so.6 AMD math library
libgcc_s.so.1 GNU Compiler Collection library
libc.so.6 Standard C library

Working with an evaluation of PDF Alchemist

If you have an evaluation copy of PDF Alchemist, you should have received an evaluation license from your Datalogics support contact, a file named eval.lic. If not, please contact us for an evaluation license at support@datalogics.com.

You may copy this file to the working directory when running your evaluation of PDF Alchemist. Alternately, you may place this in a directory and set the environment variable RLM_LICENSE to the path that the eval.lic license file has been placed.

For example, on Windows:

set RLM_LICENSE=C:\pathto\eval.lic
On Linux:
export RLM_LICENSE=/path/to/eval.lic
If PDF Alchemist cannot find this file in the current working directory, or if your evaluation license has expired, PDF Alchemist will not process any input PDF files.