In this article, we will learn how to convert a docx file into plain text and then save the content to txt file.
For the conversion, we are going to use a third party package named
This tool attempts to generate equivalent plain text files from Microsoft
.docx documents, preserving some formatting and document information (which MS text conversion drops) along with appropriate character conversions for a good (ASCII or utf-8) text experience.
It is a platform independent solution consisting of (core) Perl and (wrapper) Unix/Windows shell scripts and a configuration file to control the output text appearance to a fair extent. It can very conveniently be used to build a Web based docx document conversion service.
So first install the package on your machine using pip or any package manager.
pip install docx2txt
Convert A Docx File To Text
import docx2txt # replace following line with location of your .docx file MY_TEXT = docx2txt.process("test.docx") print(MY_TEXT)
test.docx is test file on my desktop having just one line inside for the sake of this tutorial.
Running this script will simply print the content of the file in the terminal.
A line from my awesome docx file
Convert A Docx File To Text File
import docx2txt # replace following line with location of your .docx file MY_TEXT = docx2txt.process("test.docx") with open("Output.txt", "w") as text_file: print(MY_TEXT, file=text_file)
This script will convert the docx file's content into text and then write on a file named
Output.txt using Python's context manager.