A recent update of tabula-py

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This article is a repost of Patreon article published last December. I’m planning to bump up the next version of tabula-py within few weeks.

(Note: Oct 7th, 2019) As of Oct. 2019, I launched a documentation site and Google Colab notebook for tabula-py. The FAQ would be good place to execute accurate extraction.

This is my first post on patreon. Apologies for delayed announcement of recent update of tabula-py. I will introduce the key features of updates.

Use Tabula app template

Tabula app has template exporting feature to reuse same bounding box for extraction. tabula-py now load and extract with tabula app’s template.

dfs = tabula.read_pdf_with_template(
  pandas_options={'header': 0})

Support file-like object

Like many python libraries, tabula-py has been able to extract from file-like object.

# With file-like object  
pdf\_path = tests/resources/data.pdf  
with open(pdf\_path, rb) as f:  
  df = tabula.read_pdf(f)

# With pathlib  
from pathlib import Path  
pdf_path = 'tests/resources/data.pdf'
df = tabula.read_pdf(Path(pdf_path))

Allow multiple area option

As of tabula-java v1.0.2, tabula can handle multiple area option.

pdf_path = 'tests/resources/MultiColumn.pdf'
# Relative area  
df_relative = tabula.read_pdf(  
  pdf_path, pages=1,
  area=[[0, 0, 100, 50], [0, 50, 100, 100]], relative_area=True)  

# Absolute area  
  df_absolute = tabula.read_pdf(  
    pdf_path, pages=1, area=[[0, 0, 451, 212], [0, 212, 451, 425]])

Tip: Get table position

This is not a new feature, but I think it might be helpful for some PDFs.
Detailed post: https://github.com/chezou/tabula-py/issues/102

read_pdf with JSON contains position info, so you can get the table position as follows:

In [5]: tables = read_pdf("./examples/data.pdf", output_format="json", page=2)  
In [9]: top = tables[0]['top']  
In [10]: left = tables[0]['left']
In [11]: bottom = tables[0]['height'] + top  
In [12]: right = tables[0]['width'] + left  
In [13]: top, bottom, left, right  
Out[13]: (0.0, 528.8800048828125, 0.0, 564.8800048828125)

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