Extract Data AcroForms

Get Value from an Individual Field of PDF Document

The form field’s getValue() method allows you to get the value of a particular field.

To get the value, get the form field from the Document object’s Form collection.

This example selects a TextBoxField and retrieves its value using the getValue() method.

package com.aspose.pdf.examples;

import com.aspose.pdf.Document;
import com.aspose.pdf.Field;
import com.aspose.pdf.TextBoxField;

public class ExamplesExtractFormData {
    private static String _dataDir = "/home/aspose/pdf-examples/Samples/Forms/";

    public static void GetValueFromIndividualFieldPDFDocument() {
        // Open a document
        Document pdfDocument = new Document(_dataDir+"GetValueFromField.pdf");

        // Get a field
        TextBoxField textBoxField = (TextBoxField) pdfDocument.getForm().get("textbox1");

        // Get the field name
        System.out.printf("PartialName :-" + textBoxField.getPartialName());

        // Get the field value
        System.out.printf("Value :-" + textBoxField.getValue());

Get Values from All Fields in a PDF Document

To get values from all the fields in a PDF document, you need to navigate through all the form fields and then get the value using the getValue() method. Get each field from the Form collection using the Document object’s getForm() method and get the list of form fields into an Field array using getFields() and traverse through array to get value of fields.

The following code snippet shows how to get the values of all the fields in a PDF document.

    public static void GetValuesFromAllFieldsPDFDocument() {
        // Open document
        Document document = new Document(_dataDir + "GetValuesFromAllFields.pdf");

        Field[] fields = document.getForm().getFields();
        for (int i = 0; i < fields.length; i++) {

            System.out.println("Form field: " + fields[i].getFullName());
            System.out.println("Form field: " + fields[i].getValue());


Get Form Fields from a Specific Region of PDF File

In some cases, it is required to obtain data not from the entire form, but, for example, only from the upper left quarter of the printed sheet. With Aspose.PDF for Java, this is not a problem. You can specify a region to filter out fields that are outside the given region of the PDF file. To get form fields from a specific area of a PDF file:

  1. Open the PDF file using the Document object.
  2. Get the form from the document’s Forms collection.
  3. Specify the rectangular region and pass it to the Form object’s getFieldsInRect method. A Fields collection is returned.
  4. Use this to manipulate the fields.

The following code snippet shows how to get form fields in a specific rectangular region of a PDF file.

public static void GetValuesFromSpecificRegion() {
    // Open pdf file
    Document doc = new Document(_dataDir + "GetFieldsFromRegion.pdf");

    // Create rectangle object to get fields in that area
    Rectangle rectangle = new Rectangle(35, 30, 500, 500);

    // Get the PDF form
    com.aspose.pdf.Form form = doc.getForm();

    // Get fields in the rectangular area
    Field[] fields = form.getFieldsInRect(rectangle);

    // Display Field names and values
    for (Field field : fields)
        // Display image placement properties for all placements
        System.out.println("Field Name: " + field.getFullName() + "-" + "Field Value: " + field.getValue());