I have a 600 pages long pdf file.
I would love to be able to split it in different pdf files,
one containing odd-numbered pages: 1,3,5,7,9,11 etc.
and another file containing even-numbered pages: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 etc.

Could anyone help me create something like that ?


3 Answers 3


use pdftk. as simple as:

pdftk input.pdf cat even output even.pdf
pdftk input.pdf cat odd output odd.pdf

this will create the even.pdf and odd.pdf files form your input.pdf file.


pdftk is a nice commandline tool to extract and transform pages from pdf files. Available as a package in Debian and probably also in other distributions.


One excellent option if pdfk, but that isn't available on e.g. Fedora due to licensing restrictions. Check out poppler (and its various subtools), it includes pdfseparate. Or look for pdfjam, a tool for futzing around with PDF.

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