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Last active Aug 29, 2015
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Decrypt all PDFs in a directory using the given password and optionally store the password in the Mac OS system keychain
#! /bin/sh
# Check if qpdf is installed
installed=$(which qpdf &> /dev/null)
if [ $? -eq 1 ]; then
echo >&2 "Please install qpdf first (brew install qpdf)"
exit 1
# Fetch the password from the keychain
password=$(security 2> /dev/null find-generic-password -a login -s decrypt_pdfs -D "application password" -w)
# Prompt for password if not in keychain
if [ -z $password ]; then
echo "Enter the password to decrypt PDFs:"
read -s password
# Make a folder called 'decrypted' unless it exists
mkdir -p decrypted
# Decrypt all .pdf files in the current directory
for file in *.pdf; do
set -e
echo "Decrypting $file"
qpdf --decrypt --password="$password" "$file" "decrypted/$file"
# Save the password to the keychain
if [ $password_entered != false ]; then
echo "Save password in keychain?"
read yn
case $yn in
[Yy]* ) security add-generic-password -a login -l pdf_password -s decrypt_pdfs -T "" -w $password; break;;
[Nn]* ) exit;;
* ) echo "Please answer yes or no.";;
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