extractbb, ebb - extract bounding box information from graphics files


R extractbb file ...


For each JPEG\c , PNG\c , or PDF file given on the command line,

extractbb extracts the bounding box information and writes it into a file with extension

R .xbb , together with some header information. These files can then be used by

dvipdfmx or other programs. For PDF files, the number of pages and the PDF version number are reported as well. The input filename extension may be in upper or lower case.

If called as

R ebb , the output is written in the ``bb'' format (and with extension

R .bb ) as used by

R dvipdfm .

Xbb may be defined as a synomym for

extractbb on your system.



          Be verbose.


    Be quiet.


    Write output to standard output.


    Write output in dvipdfm's ``bb'' format.


    Write output in dvipdfmx's ``xbb'' format (default).


There is currently no way to specify which bounding box is taken for PDF files. It will always be the first one from the following list: ArtBox, TrimBox, BleedBox, MediaBox. (Often only MediaBox is defined.) Moreover, the reported bounding box always refers to the first page in a PDF file.


extractbb was written by the DVIPDFMx project team <>, based on the program ebb by Mark A. Wicks.

This manual page was also written by the DVIPDFMx project team, based on a manual page Frank K\[:u]ster <> wrote for the Debian GNU/Linux system. It may be used, modified, and/or redistributed by others without contacting the authors.