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Export Form Data


Export Form Data is a REST API tool that exports values from PDF form fields into an external data file for both XFA forms and Acroforms.

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Required Parameters
curl -X POST "https://api.pdfrest.com/exported-form-data" \ 
  -H "Accept: application/json" \ 
  -H "Content-Type: multipart/form-data" \
  -H "Api-Key: xxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" \
The response for your API Call will display here.
Once you've sent your POST request and received a valid response, you can download your output file using the output URL.
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Why is pdfRest the best API to export PDF form data?

pdfRest offers the best solution for exporting data from filled PDF forms, because it supports data aggregation, XFA forms and Acroforms, and professional results.

Aggregate Data Collection

Unlock and unite all of the data supplied to you by PDF forms with pdfRest Export Form Data.  This API Tool extracts values entered in PDF form fields to external data files that facilitate easy database entry and integration with other services. No matter where the forms originated, how complex they are, or which form technology they use, Export Form Data will get the job done.  Trust pdfRest with your aggregate data collection strategy for quick, easy, and reliable results.

Full XFA and Acroform Support

Not all PDF forms are built the same! There are different underlying technologies used in practice to add forms to PDF documents, and these require different technologies to export data or otherwise interact with forms through manual or programmatic processing. In particular, full support for XFA forms is rare, with some tools capable of handling static XFA documents and most tools unable to handle dynamic XFA documents.

Only pdfRest offers full support for exporting data from static and dynamic XFA forms, as well as Acroforms, all with one streamlined API Tool.

Pro Tools for Pro Users

Export Form Data is part of the PDF Forms Pro toolkit, designed for enterprise-grade PDF forms processing.  This series of Pro Tools is powered by gold-standard Adobe® Forms technology to achieve industry-leading results, and our team of PDF experts has spent years enhancing this underlying technology to ensure it supports the most rigorous processing requirements, including complex forms and powerful, automated workflows.

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  1. First, you'll need an API Key - to:
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  2. Choose your programming language
  3. Copy and paste the code to your project
  4. Update Api-Key field with your unique API Key
  5. Update file with the local path to your input
  6. Run this code to send an API Call
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curl -X POST "https://api.pdfrest.com/exported-form-data" \
  -H "Accept: application/json" \
  -H "Content-Type: multipart/form-data" \
  -H "Api-Key: xxxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" \
  -F "file=@/path/to/file" \
  -F "data_format=xml" \
  -F "output=example_out"
Customize Your Solution
The id parameter allows you to submit a resource ID generated by one of our API Tools. Each API Tool assigns a unique resource ID to your output files, allowing you to chain requests together without having to download intermediate files between requests.

For example, you could use the Query PDF tool to determine the kind of form contained within a PDF before sending its resource ID to the Export Form Data tool.
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