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Search PDF files for text in JavaScript

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Sample JavaScript code for using PDFTron SDK to search text on PDF pages using regular expressions. The TextSearch utility class builds on functionality available in TextExtractor to simplify most common search operations. Learn more about our JavaScript PDF Library and PDF Indexed Search Library.

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// Copyright (c) 2001-2019 by PDFTron Systems Inc. All Rights Reserved.
// Consult legal.txt regarding legal and license information.

((exports) => {
  'use strict';

  exports.runTextSearchTest = () => {
    const main = async() => {
      console.log('Beginning Test');

      // Relative path to the folder containing test files.
      const inputURL = '../TestFiles/';
      const inputFilename = 'credit card numbers.pdf'; // addimage.pdf, newsletter.pdf

      try {
        const doc = await PDFNet.PDFDoc.createFromURL(inputURL + inputFilename);

        const txtSearch = await PDFNet.TextSearch.create();
        let mode = PDFNet.TextSearch.Mode.e_whole_word + PDFNet.TextSearch.Mode.e_page_stop; // Uses both whole word and page stop
        let pattern = 'joHn sMiTh';

        txtSearch.begin(doc, pattern, mode); // searches for the "pattern" in the document while following the inputted modes.

        let step = 0;

        // call Run() iteratively to find all matching instances of the word 'joHn sMiTh'
        /* eslint-disable-next-line no-constant-condition */
        while (true) {
          const result = await;
          let hlts;
          if (result) {
            if (step === 0) { // Step 0: found "John Smith"
              // note that, here, 'ambient_str' and 'highlights' are not written to,
              // as 'e_ambient_string' and 'e_highlight' are not set.
              console.log(result.out_str + "'s credit card number is: ");

              // now switch to using regular expressions to find John's credit card number
              mode = await txtSearch.getMode();
              mode += PDFNet.TextSearch.Mode.e_reg_expression + PDFNet.TextSearch.Mode.e_highlight;
              pattern = '\\d{4}-\\d{4}-\\d{4}-\\d{4}'; // or "(\\d{4}-){3}\\d{4}"

            } else if (step === 1) {
              // step 1: found John's credit card number
              console.log(' ' + result.out_str);
              // note that, here, 'hlts' is written to, as 'e_highlight' has been set.
              // output the highlight info of the credit card number.
              hlts = result.highlights;
              while ((await hlts.hasNext())) {
                const highlightPageNum = await hlts.getCurrentPageNumber();
                console.log('The current highlight is from page: ' + highlightPageNum);
              // see if there is an AMEX card number
              pattern = '\\d{4}-\\d{6}-\\d{5}';

            } else if (step === 2) {
              // found an AMEX card number
              console.log('There is an AMEX card number: ' + result.out_str);

              // change mode to find the owner of the credit card; supposedly, the owner's
              // name proceeds the number
              mode = await txtSearch.getMode();
              mode += PDFNet.TextSearch.Mode.e_search_up;
              pattern = '[A-z]++ [A-z]++';

            } else if (step === 3) {
              // found the owner's name of the AMEX card
              console.log("Is the owner's name: " + result.out_str + '?');

              // add a link annotation based on the location of the found instance
              hlts = result.highlights;
              await hlts.begin(doc); // is await needed?
              while ((await hlts.hasNext())) {
                const curPage = await doc.getPage((await hlts.getCurrentPageNumber()));
                const quadArr = await hlts.getCurrentQuads();
                for (let i = 0; i < quadArr.length; ++i) {
                  const currQuad = quadArr[i];
                  const x1 = Math.min(Math.min(Math.min(currQuad.p1x, currQuad.p2x), currQuad.p3x), currQuad.p4x);
                  const x2 = Math.max(Math.max(Math.max(currQuad.p1x, currQuad.p2x), currQuad.p3x), currQuad.p4x);
                  const y1 = Math.min(Math.min(Math.min(currQuad.p1y, currQuad.p2y), currQuad.p3y), currQuad.p4y);
                  const y2 = Math.max(Math.max(Math.max(currQuad.p1y, currQuad.p2y), currQuad.p3y), currQuad.p4y);

                  const hyperLink = await PDFNet.LinkAnnot.create(doc, (await PDFNet.Rect.init(x1, y1, x2, y2)));
                  await hyperLink.setAction((await PDFNet.Action.createURI(doc, '')));
                  await curPage.annotPushBack(hyperLink);
              const docBuffer = await doc.saveMemoryBuffer(PDFNet.SDFDoc.SaveOptions.e_linearized);
              saveBufferAsPDFDoc(docBuffer, 'credit card numbers_linked.pdf');
          } else if ((await result.isPageEnd())) {
            // you can update your UI here, if needed
            console.log('page end');
          } else if ((result.isDocEnd())) {
      } catch (err) {
    // start the generator
    PDFNet.runWithCleanup(main, window.sampleL); // replace with your own license key
// eslint-disable-next-line spaced-comment
//# sourceURL=TextSearchTest.js

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