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PDFsam

Free and open source desktop application to split, merge, extract pages, rotate and mix PDF files

  • Mac
  • Windows
  • Linux
Avg rating of 3.4 (16)| 19 comments
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PDFsam Features

  1.  Combine PDFCombine, merge and arrange PDF files into one document.
  2.  Split PDF filesPDFsam can split PDF files into multiple documents.
  3.  Sign PDF filesPDFsam support signing a PDF document digitally on a touch screen etc.
  4.  PortablePDFsam can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
  5.  LightweightPDFsam consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.

PDFsam information

  • Developed byAndrea Vacondio
  • LicensingOpen Source (AGPL-3.0) and Freemium product.
  • PricingOne time purchase (perpetual license) ranging between $59 and $129.
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  • RatingAverage rating of 3.4 (16 ratings)
  • Alternatives122 alternatives listed

Supported Languages

  • English
  • French
  • Catalan; Valencian
  • Basque
  • Corsican
  • Afrikaans
  • Arabic
  • Armenian
  • Bosnian
  • Bulgarian
  • Chinese
  • Croatian
  • Czech
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • Esperanto
  • Estonian
  • Finnish
  • Greek
  • Hebrew
  • German
  • Hungarian
  • Icelandic
  • Indonesian
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Kurdish
  • Korean
  • Latvian
  • Lithuanian
  • Malay
  • Norwegian Bokmål
  • Occitan
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Russian
  • Sardinian
  • Serbian
  • Slovak
  • Slovene
  • Spanish
  • Swahili
  • Swedish
  • Thai
  • Turkish
  • Ukrainian

GitHub repository

  •  2,284 Stars
  •  275 Forks
  •  84 Open Issues
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Our users have written 19 comments and reviews about PDFsam, and it has gotten 201 likes

PDFsam was added to AlternativeTo by s_ktt on and this page was last updated . PDFsam is sometimes referred to as PDF Split and Merge.

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em4020
  
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PDFTK Builder [1] and PDFsam [3] are the only free portable apps able to split or merge more than 140 pages. If you need a free portable app able to split or merge 147 pages, you can use PDFTK Builder [1], which is available only in english, however. PDFsam is also portable and availaible in many languages (german also). 7-PDF Split & Merge [2] (german + english) can split only max. 50 pages and merge max. 5 files for free. If you want to to split or merge more than 50 pages you must pay 10 EUR for "7-PDF Split & Merge PRO".

[1] PDFTK Builder icon PDFTK Builder

[2] 7-PDF Split & Merge icon 7-PDF Split & Merge

[3] PDFsam icon PDFsam

[Edited by em4020, April 30]

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dthatcher7

I have split 600+ page electronic textbooks with PDFSam with no trouble.

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em4020

Until now PDFSam had no tag "portable" and I did not know, hat there is a portable version until now!

Today I have added the tag "portable" to PDFsam. Thank You dthatcher7 for Your interesting information!

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RobertL87
  
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Good to know: the Basic version (split, merge, extract pages, mix and rotate) is open source and completely free to use without limitations. The Enhanced and Visual version are premium.

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NedBurgher

A +1 to Robert's comments. The Freemium (i.e. 'Basic') version is light on nagging and does the above easily & well.

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Lauraupstate
  
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Horrible. Avoid this software.
Complaint #1: Does not provide the functionality promised. I purchased the "enhanced" or premium product and it did not ever provide me with the functionality promised. No ability to edit PDFs as promised.
Complaint #2: The subscription to a premium version fails. Although installed on my computer, it keeps reverting to the "free" version.
Complaint #3: It is very hard to impossible to stop PDF Sam from automatically charging your credit card in the future for renewals. You may have to actually cancel your credit card. Complaint #4: There is no way to reach customer service by phone. Complaint #5: My final complaint is a lawyer-specific complaint but may apply in other professions where you need to upload documents to a government agency. I am a lawyer and frequently need to electronically file documents with courts. Documents that are merged or saved using PDFSam are **rejected **by Court websites. Although they are saved as a PDF, there is something different about these files that causes them to be rejected.
Use Adobe Acrobat instead.

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mot00rzysta

Totally agree, this app is a joke.

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mpkossen
  
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Hidden cross sale for the Enhanced Version resulting in an additional charge. After three days the enhanced version has not been delivered yet and customer support is non responsive. Had to file a dispute with my bank to try and get my money back. Whatever you do, stick to the free and open source version and do not buy!

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TBayAreaPat
  
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I thought this might make non-interactive (non-fillable) pdfs edittable for free since it is touted as free/freemium open source, but it doesn't.. that's part of the paid option, so I've tried to remove it's high-rating Edit PDF classification. This may be great for other things though.

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6rwellers
  
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I was a fan of pdfunite(Linux). But not available in windows10. So now I often use PDFsam. It is free, very simple and easy to use.

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L9828346621
  
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Quick review. Purchased PDFsam Enhanced 5 a while ago. Couple of problems, that are inacceptable:

  1. Software was quickly out of date and asking for upgrade (could be bad timing of purchase, but the upgrade part is just annoying if I am fine with the features of 5)
  2. Ads! I, as a buyer, get a very annoying ad-banner almost every time I load Windows - I contacted support about this now, cannot find ways of stopping it
  3. License: License seems not to be working any longer. Need to contact support why I cannot use my Serial any more
  4. The installer: Version Enhanced 5 Installer virtually disappeared from the net. I had to inquiry with support to get it back
  5. Support seems Ok so far, they helped me once

Rating: Between 2-3 stars for me. I have not explored ALL features and details. The not working license (after some 2-3 years) and the disappeared installer is no-go for me.

[Edited by L9828346621, November 20]

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  • split-pdf-app-mac
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PDFsam platform details

Windows

Requirements: pdfsam branch 1: Java Virtual Machine 1.4.2 or higher | pdfsam branch 2: Java Virtual Machine 1.6 or higher

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    Horrible. Avoid this software. Complaint #1: Does not provide the functionality promised. I purchased the "enhanced" or premium product and it did not ever provide me with the functionality promised. No ability to edit PDFs as promised. Complaint #2: The subscription to a premium version fails. Although installed on my computer, it keeps reverting to the "free" version. Complaint #3: It is very hard to impossible to stop PDF Sam from automatically charging your credit card in the future for renewals. You may have to actually cancel your credit card. Complaint #4: There is no way to reach customer service by phone. Complaint #5: My final complaint is a lawyer-specific complaint but may apply in other professions where you need to upload documents to a government agency. I am a lawyer and frequently need to electronically file documents with courts. Documents that are merged or saved using PDFSam are **rejected **by Court websites. Although they are saved as a PDF, there is something different about these files that causes them to be rejected. Use Adobe Acrobat instead.
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