Learn About the SEC PDS File

  • After a public LIVE filing has been accepted and disseminated by EDGAR, it becomes available in the EDGAR filing archive
  • When viewing a filing on the archive, filers and consumers can view and download documents and data files individually
  • The PDS file is a special file with the .txt extension that contains data about the filing as well as the contents of each document in the filing
  • The SEC Extractor can take that PDS file and use it to extract the entire filing and all of its documents

Download for Free

  • Click the download link to download secextractor.exe
  • Move the .exe file to any computer or network location
  • Double-click to run
  • (Optional) Register your product for additional support


Using the SEC Extractor

The SEC Extractor is a simple program that extracts the documents and form data from the SEC’s PDS files (and from legacy “return copy” files). You can run the program from any computer or network location (no installation needed). Then specify the file and the destination for the documents and click a button to extract the contents of the file. It’s that easy!


1. Choose your PDS or return copy file.

A screenshot of the dialog to select your return copy file.

2. Set your destination folder.

A screenshot of the dialog to select your destination folder.

3. Extract your files.

A screenshot of the resulting extraction.




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