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How to Convert PDF to CSV on Mac

Considering the fact that there are no popular stock Mac applications for such conversions, how do you convert PDF to CSV on Mac? It's actually effortless when you have the right third-party tool for the job. Moreover, even if the PDF is a scanned file this is not directly editable, the PDF to Excel converter for Mac that we're about to show you will convert the PDF into an editable format using OCR and then convert that file into CSV so you can edit it in Excel and other applications. Shall we begin?

The Best PDF to CSV Converter for Mac

When you have UPDF for Mac at your disposal, you never have to worry about how to convert PDF to CSV or even a scanned PDF to CSV with OCR. You can use this tool to convert a PDF to CSV on Mac for free.

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Key Features of UPDF for Mac

  • Powerful and accurate PDF conversions to over a dozen formats such as images, MS Office files, HTML, PDF/A, XML, and more
  • Comprehensive OCR tool with easy settings and 20+ language options
  • Secure environment to convert confidential and private files
  • Edit, annotate, and protect PDF files effortlessly.


  • Simple and user-friendly interface
  • Intuitive operations - drag, drop, click, select from drop-down lists, etc.
  • Powerful and accurate OCR engine with extensive language support
  • Perfect conversions maintain content integrity - formatting, layouts, alignment, fonts, etc.

How to Convert PDF to CSV on Mac

Step 1: Upload the PDF File

Launch UPDF for Mac and click the "Open File" button in the application window to import your file. You can also drag and drop files directly into the application interface.

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Step 2: Choose the Conversion Output Format

In the right-side panel, choose the Convert PDF icon and then click the CSV option.

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Step 3: Convert PDF to CSV on Mac

In the pop-up window, you can select the page range if needed and then click the "Export" button. Finally, choose a destination folder to save the file.

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After the conversion is done, a Finder window will appear with your converted CSV file highlighted.

You can now open this directly and edit it with any application that supports the .csv format.

Now that we've seen a simple PDF to CSV conversion, let's look at the process of using OCR for PDF to CSV and other conversion types.

Video Tutorial on How to Convert PDF to CSV

How to Convert Scanned PDF to CSV on Mac

Although this process is quite complex, UPDF for Mac makes it as simple as possible so there's no need for the user to have any prior experience whatsoever working with OCR modules. The application takes care of all the heavy lifting, leaving the user to focus on other important tasks in their daily work schedules.

Step 1: Upload the Scanned PDF

Use the same drag-and-drop method to upload your scanned document to UPDF.

Step 2: Choose the Output Format

In the right-side panel, select CSV as the output format.

Step 3: Enable OCR

Click the "Text Recognition Settings" option and choose the document language and page range. Once done, click "Export" to convert the scanned PDF to CSV.

UPDF will perform OCR on the file and convert it into a fully editable CSV file, and even automatically download it for you. A new Finder window will pop up to show your converted CSV file, which you can open for editing with any supporting application.

Parting Words

Voila! That's how simple it is to use UPDF for Mac. This PDF converter is all you need to convert any PDF file into no less than 14 different formats. It is also very affordable to purchase a perpetual license, which is a great idea when you have to deal with a lot of PDF conversion tasks on a daily basis. Go for it and see the tangible difference it will make to your productivity.