mutool draw#

The draw command will render a document to image files, convert to another vector format, or extract the text content.

  • The supported input document formats are: pdf, xps, cbz, and epub.

  • The supported output image formats are: pbm, pgm, ppm, pam, png, pwg, pcl and ps.

  • The supported output vector formats are: svg, pdf, and debug trace (as xml).

  • The supported output text formats are: plain text, html, and structured text (as xml or json).

mutool draw [options] file [pages]


Command line parameters within square brackets [] are optional.


Options are as follows:

-p password

Use the specified password if the file is encrypted.

-o output

The output file name. The output format is inferred from the output filename. Embed %d in the name to indicate the page number (for example: “page%d.png”). Printf modifiers are supported, for example “%03d”. If no output is specified, the output will go to stdout.

-F format

Enforce a specific output format. Only necessary when outputting to stdout since normally the output filename is used to infer the output format.

-R angle

Rotate clockwise by given number of degrees.

-r resolution

Render the page at the specified resolution. The default resolution is 72 dpi.

-w width

Render the page at the specified width (or, if the -r flag is used, render with a maximum width).

-h height

Render the page at the specified height (or, if the -r flag is used, render with a maximum height).


Fit exactly; ignore the aspect ratio when matching specified width/heights.

-B bandheight

Render in banded mode with each band no taller than the given height. This uses less memory during rendering. Only compatible with pam, pgm, ppm, pnm and png output formats. Banded rendering and md5 checksumming may not be used at the same time.

-W width

Page width in points for EPUB layout.

-H height

Page height in points for EPUB layout.

-S size

Font size in points for EPUB layout.

-U filename

User CSS stylesheet for EPUB layout.


Disable document styles for EPUB layout.

-c colorspace

Render in the specified colorspace. Supported colorspaces are: mono, gray, grayalpha, rgb, rgbalpha, cmyk, cmykalpha. Some abbreviations are allowed: m, g, ga, rgba, cmyka. The default is chosen based on the output format.

-G gamma

Apply gamma correction. Some typical values are 0.7 or 1.4 to thin or darken text rendering.


Invert colors.

-s [mft5]

Show various bits of information: m for glyph cache and total memory usage, f for page features such as whether the page is grayscale or color, t for per page rendering times as well statistics, and 5 for md5 checksums of rendered images that can be used to check if rendering has changed.

-A bits

Specify how many bits of anti-aliasing to use. The default is 8. 0 means no anti-aliasing, 9 means no anti-aliasing, centre-of-pixel rule, 10 means no anti-aliasing, any-part-of-a-pixel rule.


Disable use of display lists. May cause slowdowns, but should reduce the amount of memory used.


Ignore errors.


Low memory mode (avoid caching objects by clearing cache after each page).


Run interpretation and rendering at the same time.


Input file name. The input can be any of the document formats supported by MuPDF.


Comma separated list of page ranges. The first page is “1”, and the last page is “N”. The default is “1-N”.

This software is provided AS-IS with no warranty, either express or implied. This software is distributed under license and may not be copied, modified or distributed except as expressly authorized under the terms of that license. Refer to licensing information at or contact Artifex Software, Inc., 39 Mesa Street, Suite 108A, San Francisco, CA 94129, USA, for further information.

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