Jon Atkinson

I'm a technologist, with a long and varied history in high-end technical delivery and infrastructure management. I'm particularly interested in managing software teams, rapid application development, and scalability challenges.

Joining PDFs with Ghostscript

If you need to join together a large amount of PDF files, but don't particularly want to pay for Acrobat Pro, Ghostscript can do the same.

First, download Ghostscript, then build it in the usual manner:

tar xjf ghostscript-xxx.tar.bz2
cd ghostscript-xxx
./configure --prefix=/usr/local
sudo make install

Then you can join multiple PDF files like this:

gs -dBATCH -dNOPAUSE -q -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -sOutputFile=output.pdf input1.pdf input2.pdf

Date: 11th November 2008.

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