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pktopbm - convert packed (PK) format font into PBM


pktopbm pkfile [ -x width ] [ -y height ] [-c num] pbmfile ...


This program is part of Netpbm(1).

pktopbm reads a packed (PK) font file as input, and produces PBM images as output. If the filename "-" is used for any of the filenames, the standard input stream (or standard output where appropriate) will be used. If either the width or height is specified, this value will be used for all bitmaps produced. Also if one or both values are specified, the bitmap will be relocated with the hoffset and voffset given in the pkfile. The basepoint will be placed in the lower left corner of the bitmap if the bitmap is bigger than the specified size it will be truncated at the top or right.


In addition to the options common to all programs based on libnetpbm (most notably -quiet, see
Common Options
), pktopbm recognizes the following command line options:

This is the code point (character number) to which the first
specified output file pertains. Ergo, there is no output for any
code point lower than this.

The width of the image in columns.

The default is what is specified in the font file.

The height of the image in rows.

The default is what is specified in the font file.


Before Netpbm 11.04 (September 2023), the program would sometimes add
the suffix '.pk' to the specified input file name. It also
let you specify multiple -c options, with each applying to the
output file names that came after it.


pbmtopk(1), pbm(5)


Adapted from Tom Rokicki's pxtopk by Angus Duggan <>. <> in March 1995.


This manual page was generated by the Netpbm tool 'makeman' from HTML source. The master documentation is at
15 September 2023 netpbm documentation