PDF-Shuffler: Simple, Elegant, Fantastic!

October 11, 2015


Every once in a while I come across a piece of software that does exactly what I need it to do, while being simple and straight forward to use. PDF-Shuffler is such an application. If you need to add, remove, or shuffle pages in a .pdf document PDF-Shuffler comes through in a big way.


For ubuntu-based distros, this is a simple apt-get pdfshuffler. For Arch users you can find pdfshuffler in the AUR. For other distros, check out your repos or download it directly from sourceforge.


The application is dead simple. Run it from your launcher of choice and you get a very simple window. Click the button with the + to open a pdf file. The pages become tiles in the window. From there, you can rearrange the pages simply by clicking on them and dragging them around. Want to export some pages from the pdf into a new document? No problem. You have a couple of choices:

  1. Click on the page or pages you want to export, right click and select export.
  2. Open up another instance of pdfshuffler (in xfce, I just clicked it again on the whisker menu), drag the pages from the initial document into the new blank window, put them in the order you want, save a new pdf and you’re done.

One of my favorite parts about this is, your original pdf is NOT destroyed! The pages are exported, not moved out. It’s killer!

Sample Project

The reason I wanted to find software to do this is I had a cookbook I had scanned. The front and back covers were in one pdf file and the content was in another. I thought, I wonder if I could find a program to put the covers into the other document so it would be complete. I searched and found PDF-Shuffler, installed it, opened up my files and bing, bang, boom, I was done. I think it took me longer to search and find and install the software than it did to do the project I was trying to accomplish.


Well, I hope you learned something from this post. If you need to do some simple changes to some pdf documents, you can’t find a better application on Linux than PDF-Shuffler. If you need to actually edit the content of the pdf, you’ll need to look elsewhere, but for basic operations, this one is great!
Thanks for checking it out!
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