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Is there any free software available on Ubuntu that can convert a pdf file to a .doc file?

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openoffice (or alternatively the libreoffice fork) both have pdf import plugins and .doc export functionality... though both aspects suffer from conversion issues AFAIK. By this I mean that the conversion fidelity isn't always 100%.

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I've had great success with PDF to Word online. This is not a desktop application, but a service, that works better than other things I've used.

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thank you :) ive come across this before.but i was looking for a desktop software.this is not very accurate. – neo Apr 28 '11 at 18:51
Please also make sure to check out the privacy policy of this service before uploading any personal documents. – Glutanimate Apr 7 '13 at 20:14
@neo did you happen to find a more accurate service/tool? – Alex Nov 16 '15 at 9:34

Download Abiword from Ubuntu Software Center or you can install it by typing following command in terminal:

sudo apt-get install abiword

Then perform the conversion:

abiword --to=doc example.pdf
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Install AbiWord from Ubuntu Software Center

Open Pdf Files with it.

Use Save As.. to save pdf in Word Doc format.

Its this easy :)

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I prefer converting PDF files first to HTML using pdftohtml included in the poppler-utils package, for example by means of a Nautilus Script merely consisting of this command:

pdftohtml -noframes -q -p -c "$1" "${1%\.pdf}-img.html"

Then I open the resulting HTML file in LibreOffice Writer, and (after a little editing) Save As any other document format I like.

Note: Adding -i parameter to the command above produces HTML file without images.

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This is nonsense. It only creates images from the pdf. if -i is specified, an empty file is created. – Homunculus Reticulli Jul 20 at 22:20
@HomunculusReticulli Please try it with several different PDF files before passing such a verdict ;-) Probably the PDF file you tried doesn't actually include any text other than images, in which case only some OCR recognition software would be helpful. – Sadi Jul 21 at 16:53

Not free, but PDF Studio, an alternative to Adobe Acrobat that works on Linux will do that. So if you have other PDF needs that you need filled, take a look at PDF Studio.

The free demo is available for download on the Ubuntu/Canonical Store.

When opening a word document (.doc or .docx) in PDF Studio, it is automatically converted to PDF on the fly.

There is also an option to convert multiple Word documents to PDF as a batch under Batch -> Convert a Batch.

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The OP wants to convert PDF to DOC. Your examples are for converting DOC to PDF. So, would this software do what the OP requires? – CentaurusA Apr 8 '15 at 2:33

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