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transform pdf files into booklets for double-sided printing


pdfbook2 [ options ] INPUT [ INPUT, ...]


Create print-ready PDF files from some INPUT PDF files for booklet printing. The resulting files need to be printed in landscape/long edge double sided printing. The default paper format depends on the locale and is choosen by pdfjam. It can be set with the --paper option.

Before the pdf is composed the INPUT file is cropped to the relevant area in order to discard unnecessary white spaces. In this process, all pages are cropped to the same dimensions. Extra margins can be defined at the edges of the booklet and in the middle where the binding occurs.

The OUTPUT is written to INPUT-book.pdf. Existing files will be overwritten. All input files are processed seperatly.


To simply create a booklet from input.pdf you can use

    pdfbook2 input.pdf

to create input-book.pdf. To select a special type of paper you can do

    pdfbook2 --paper=letter input.pdf

for letter or

    pdfbook2 --paper=a4paper input.pdf

for standard A4. To increase the inner margin for binding use

    pdfbook2 --inner-margin=200 input.pdf

to increase the default value of 150. You can submit multiple files to the  script for processing like

    pdfbook2 input1.pdf input2.pdf

which will result in input1-book.pdf and input2-book.pdf.



show program's version number and exit

-h,  --help

show help message and exit


-p,  --paper=STR

Format of the output paper dimensions as latex keyword (e.g. a4paper, letterpaper, legalpaper, ...)

-s,  --short-edge

Format the booklet for short-edge double-sided printing

-n,  --no-crop

Prevent the cropping to the content area


-o,  --outer-margin=INT

Defines the outer margin in the booklet (default: 40)

-i,  --inner-margin=INT

Defines the inner margin between the pages in the booklet (default: 150)

-t,  --top-margin=INT

Defines the top margin in the booklet (default: 30)

-b,  --bottom-margin=INT

Defines the bottom margin in the booklet (default: 30)



Define the signature for the booklet handed to pdfjam, needs to be multiple of 4 (default: 4)


Same as --signature


Resolution used by ghostscript in bp (default: 72)

See Also

pdfbook(1), pdfjam(1), pdfcrop(1)


pdfbook2 v1.4 (https://github.com/jenom/pdfbook2)
(c) 2015 - 2020 Johannes Neumann (http://www.neumannjo.de)
licensed under GPLv3 (http://www.gnu.org/licenses/gpl-3.0)
based on pdfbook by David Firth with help from Marco Pessotto


This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free  Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option)  any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or  FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.  See the GNU General Public License for  more details. You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public  License along with this program. If not, see <http://www.gnu.org/licenses/>.


January 22, 2020 pdfbook2 - transform pdf files to booklets