thumbpdf - Man Page

generate thumbnail images for a PDF file created with pdftex


thumbpdf [ OPTION... ]  PDF_FILE


thumbpdf is used to create thumbnail images of individual pages within a PDF (Portable Document Format) document.


First run pdftex(1) on your document to create a PDF file. Then run thumbpdf to generate the thumbnails, a PDF file containing the thumbnails, and a pdfTeX file to include the thumbnails in the PDF file.  Finally, run pdftex(1) on your file again to create the final PDF file.

thumbpdf calls gs(1) to generate PNG images of the pages within PDF_FILE, and pdftex(1) to create a PDF file containing the thumbnail images.



print usage


make PNG thumbnail images (default: true)


generate new PDF file containing the thumbnails (default: true)


create a TeX file for pdftex(1) to read in (default: true)


suppress messages (default: false)


verbose messages (default: false)


print debugging information while parsing (default: false)

--resolution res

resolution for GhostScript step (default: 9)

--compress n

\pdfcompresslevel for thumbpdf.pdf (0-9; default: 9)

--device | pngdev

GhostScript PNG device; dev = `mono´, `gray´, `16´, `256´, `16m´ (default: `png16m´)



PNG thumbnail images


PDF file containing thumbnail images


A pdfTeX program to include the thumbnails file


pdfTeX log file


a LaTeX package to be included in files for which a user wants to generate thumbnails

See Also

gs(1), pdftex(1).

Web page: <>


None known, but report any bugs found to the author.


thumbpdf was written by Heiko Oberdiek <>.

This manual page was written by C.M. Connelly <>, for the Debian GNU/Linux system.  It may be used by other distributions without contacting the author.  Any mistakes or omissions in the manual page are my fault; inquiries about or corrections to this manual page should be directed to me (and not to the primary author).


September 2000 teTeX