PDFtk Server is our command-line tool for working with PDFs. It is commonly used for client-side scripting or server-side processing of PDFs.
It is also used by OEMs and ISVs to give their products the ability to manipulate PDFs. A commercial license is required to distribute PDFtk with your commercial product.
PDFtk Server can:
Merge PDF Documents or Collate PDF Page Scans
Split PDF Pages into a New Document
Rotate PDF Documents or Pages
Decrypt Input as Necessary (Password Required)
Encrypt Output as Desired
Fill PDF Forms with X/FDF Data and/or Flatten Forms
Generate FDF Data Stencils from PDF Forms
Apply a Background Watermark or a Foreground Stamp
Report PDF Metrics, Bookmarks and Metadata
Add/Update PDF Bookmarks or Metadata
Attach Files to PDF Pages or the PDF Document
Unpack PDF Attachments
Burst a PDF Document into Single Pages
Uncompress and Re-Compress Page Streams
Repair Corrupted PDF (Where Possible)
PDFtk Server does not require Adobe Acrobat or Reader, and it runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
PDFtk Server is a command-line tool.
If you would prefer a graphical application,
please try our PDFtk Free.
We provide installers for Windows and Mac OS X. Many Linux distributions provide a PDFtk package you can download and install using their package manager.
Click to download the PDFtk Server installer for Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8:
After installation, open a command-prompt, type pdftk and press Enter. Pdftk will respond by displaying brief usage information.
Click to download PDFtk Server for the Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion) and 10.8 (Mountain Lion):
After installation, open a Terminal, type pdftk and press Return. Pdftk will respond by displaying brief usage information. Access pdftk documenation by running man pdftk.
This installer creates a directory on you Mac: /opt/pdflabs/pdftk/. This will contain a bin directory which holds the pdftk program and a docs directory which holds the complete PDFtk manual.
For commercial product support, please purchase our one-year support agreement. It entitles you to the fastest answers to your questions and the fastest fixes to any problems that arise. Read the full agreement here:
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If you plan to distribute PDFtk Server as part of your own software, you will need a PDFtk Server Redistribution License. The exception to this rule is if your software is licensed to the public under the GPL or another compatible license.
Our commercial redistribution license allows you, subject to the terms of the license, to distribute an unlimited number of PDFtk Server binaries as part of one distinct commercial product. Please read the full license:
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Download and unpack: pdftk-2.02-src.zip (~2MB)
Review the pdftk license information in: license_gpl_pdftk/readme.txt.
Review the Makefile provided for your platform and confim that TOOLPATH and VERSUFF suit your installation of gcc/gcj/libgcj. If you run apropos gcc and it returns something like gcc-4.5, then set VERSUFF to -4.5. The TOOLPATH probably doesn’t need set.
Change into the pdftk sub-directory,
run make -f Makefile.Debian (substitute your platform’s Makefile filename)
We have built pdftk using gcc/gcj/libgcj versions 3.4.5, 4.4.1, 4.5.0 and 4.6.3. Pdftk 1.4x fails to build on gcc 3.3.5 due to missing libgcj features. If you are using gcc 3.3 or older, try building pdftk 1.12 instead.
Our mission is to make PDF easier to use.
Please contact Sid Steward by email. Include PDF Labs in the subject to ensure prompt delivery:
"If you like pdftk, then you’ll appreciate the other 25 programs and scripts I created for my book, PDF Hacks." –Sid
For ten years, power users have relied on PDFtk for server-side processing of PDF documents. Our command-line PDFtk has been — and always will be — free (as in freedom) software.
Today we also offer a convenient graphical application: PDFtk Pro. Your purchase of PDFtk Pro will help fund the continued development of our GPL PDFtk.
Thank you for your support!
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