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Merge *.pdf files

Terminal - Merge *.pdf files
gs -q -sPAPERSIZE=letter -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile=out.pdf `ls *.pdf`
2009-03-13 22:34:14
User: oops66
Functions: gs
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Merge *.pdf files

Merge all pdf files in the directory into one pdf file (the out.pdf file)

Alternatives

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Terminal - Alternatives
gs -q -sPAPERSIZE=a4 -dNOPAUSE -dBATCH -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile=out.pdf a.pdf b.pdf c.pdf
2009-06-25 19:04:28
User: becomingGuru
Functions: gs
5

merge a.pdf b.pdf and c.pdf and create ./out.pdf

pdftk $* cat output $merged.pdf

Know a better way?

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What others think

The `ls *.pdf` and be replaced by a simple *.pdf

Comment by unixmonkey2300 332 weeks and 2 days ago

This certainly works, no doubt. This is also possible with pdftk, the pdf toolkit, which under ubuntu/debian is installable as package name 'pdftk'. See the website: http://www.accesspdf.com/pdftk/ Unfortunately it requires nearly 10MB of other java packages. Internally, it very well might use ghostscript as you are showing, but it's command line is simpler to use. The pdftk version of this command would then be:

pdftk *.pdf cat output out.pdf
Comment by bwoodacre 332 weeks and 2 days ago

Any advice on using this command to collate 2 pdf's? I often need to scan two-sided documents, but the scanner doesn't directly support it, so I'm always left with 2 pdf's, each containing every other page of the document.

Comment by cards 331 weeks and 4 days ago

pdfjoin --outfile out.pdf *.pdf

Comment by AmirWatad 331 weeks and 2 days ago

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