Convert PDF to PDF/A by command line

If you want to save your documents for a long time and want them to be opened as the original formats, to convert PDF to PDF/A is a smart decision. Based on this problem, you can choose the command line application PDF to PDF/A Converter to help you.

PDF to PDF/A Converter allows you to convert the existing PDF documents (normal or scanned) into  PDF/A-compliant archivable documents. So when you need the document, you can open PDF/A document as the original format without any changes just by a PDF/A reader.By using PDF to PDF/A Converter, the output PDF/A document will be more reliable.

To use the command line application, you can try it by downloading a free trial version at Please save and extract the ZIP file to some location of your computer. Then the executable file pdf2pdfa.exe which is the called program file in the conversion will be runnable instantly.

If you want to use all the functions of PDF to PDF/A Converter without any limitations, you need to buy the product at its homepage: There are several licenses supplied for different users to meet different requirements and you can choose any one of them according to your needs.

In the following contents, you will see how to convert the document of PDF to PDF/A with three steps.

1. Please open MS-DOS interface at first. You should click “Start”—“Run” to open “Run” dialog box in which you can input “cmd” in “Open” combo box and click “OK” button. If you don’t like this way, you can use the hot key “Window”+ “R” to open “Run” dialog box and then do the same work.

2. The command line to be inputted in MS-DOS interface contains the called program which is the executable file pdf2pdfa.exe mentioned above, source file which is the PDF document to be converted and the target file which is the PDF/A document to be created. Please see the following command line template:

pdf2pdfa.exe C:\B.pdf D:\B.pdf

In the command line,

pdf2pdfa.exe stands for the called program and you need to use its path when you write your command line.

C:\B.pdf is the path of source file.

D:\B.pdf is the name of the target file and it is the one should be specified by you.

When you need to input some long paths in MS-DOS interface, you can drag the file you need into the interface and the file will turn to file path itself, which is more convenient.

3. The last step is to run the conversion from PDF to PDF/A by clicking “Enter” button on the keyboard. Several seconds later, you will get your target file in specified location.

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