split a multi-page PDF into separate files

pdftk in.pdf burst
Simple alternative to the previous submitted one

By: rodolfoap
2010-02-10 13:31:36

2 Alternatives + Submit Alt

  • Have to do this once per output file, because if device is 'pdfwrite', even if 'gs' sees '%d' in the OutputFile it still only creates one single output file. Embed it into a simple shell script if you want to split a document out into one file for every page.

    gs -dBATCH -dNOPAUSE -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dFirstPage=2 -dLastPage=2 -sOutputFile=page2.pdf multipageinputfile.pdf
    drewbenn · 2010-02-10 08:48:48 1
  • Require the pdftk package It ll split each page in your pdf file , into a new pdf file and report info on doc_data.txt Show Sample Output

    pdftk mydoc.pdf burst
    eastwind · 2009-11-10 09:00:50 0

What Others Think

Better question: do you kn ow of a method to a split a single .pdf page in half, vertically, in the center? I ask because I have a lot of .pdfs that are scans of books given to me by professors, and splitting each page and making it a new one would make those pages Kindle-readable.
unixmonkey8238 · 641 weeks ago
Unixmonkey, I don't know of a one-liner that would do that, but I'm sure that short bash or perl script using imagemagick could make that happen.
bartonski · 641 weeks ago
imagemagick would do it based on pixels. so to keep the text as text. you would need to burst using stapler or pdftk then convert to svg using inkscape, use inkscape's svg cropping functions; convert back to pdf using inkscape then stapler or pdftk them back together. If I had an example I could experiment...
infinull · 641 weeks ago
I am getting the following error when calling this command?! Unhandled Java Exception: java.lang.NullPointerException at com.lowagie.text.pdf.PdfCopy.copyIndirect(pdftk) at com.lowagie.text.pdf.PdfCopy.copyObject(pdftk) at com.lowagie.text.pdf.PdfCopy.copyDictionary(pdftk) pdftk --version pdftk 1.44 a Handy Tool for Manipulating PDF Documents
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