How to Convert PDF to PowerPoint with cURL

Learn how to use pdfRest PDF to PowerPoint API Tool to convert PDF files to PowerPoint presentations with cURL
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Why Convert PDF to PowerPoint with cURL?

The pdfRest PDF to PowerPoint API Tool is a powerful service that allows users to convert PDF documents into editable PowerPoint presentations. This tool is particularly useful for professionals who need to repurpose content from PDFs into presentations for meetings, lectures, or other forms of sharing information. This tutorial will guide you through the process of sending an API call to the PDF to PowerPoint service using cURL, a versatile command-line tool used to transfer data with URLs.

As an example, an educator might use PDF to PowerPoint to quickly convert their lecture notes from PDF into a PowerPoint presentation for an upcoming class. Similarly, a business professional might receive a PDF report and decide to convert it into a PowerPoint format to highlight key points during a meeting. The ability to automate this process through an API saves time and ensures consistency across documents.

PDF to PowerPoint with cURL Code Example

curl -X POST "" \
  -H "Accept: application/json" \
  -H "Content-Type: multipart/form-data" \
  -H "Api-Key: xxxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx" \
  -F "file=@/path/to/file" \
  -F "output=example_out"

Reference to the code source: pdfRest API Samples on GitHub.

Breaking Down the Code

The above cURL command is used to send a POST request to the pdfRest API to convert a PDF document to a PowerPoint presentation. Let's break down the code snippet:


This specifies the HTTP method for the request, which is POST in this case, indicating that data will be sent to the server.


This is the endpoint URL where the API call is made to perform the PDF to PowerPoint conversion.

-H "Accept: application/json"

This header tells the server that the client expects a response in JSON format.

-H "Content-Type: multipart/form-data"

This header indicates that the data being sent in the request is in multipart/form-data format, which is often used for file uploads.

-H "Api-Key: xxxxxxxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx"

This header includes the API key provided by pdfRest, which is necessary for authentication and authorization.

-F "file=@/path/to/file"

The -F flag is used to specify each field that will be sent as part of the multipart request. In this case, it's the file field, which contains the path to the PDF file that will be converted.

-F "output=example_out"

This field specifies the desired output filename for the converted PowerPoint presentation.

Beyond the Tutorial

By following the steps above, you have learned how to make a multipart API call to convert a PDF document into a PowerPoint presentation using cURL. This can be a significant time-saver and can help streamline the process of content repurposing. To further explore the capabilities of pdfRest and to demo all of the API Tools, visit the API Lab. For more detailed information on the API, refer to the API Reference Guide.

Note: This is an example of a multipart API call. Code samples using JSON payloads can be found at pdfRest API Samples on GitHub.

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