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Q. I would like to have a PDF editor for Linux. Are there any options?

A. That hand has a lot of low cards in it, but you may be able to find something to do basic editing.


On top of the list we have PDFEdit, which is free and open source. Its not Acrobat Professional, but it does what most people need - rotate pages, combine several PDFs, add comments, etc.



Install in Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install pdfedit

Oracle PDF Import Extension

PDF Import Extension allows you to import and modify PDF documents. PDF documents are imported in Draw (an application that is a part of Open Office suite) to preserve the layout and to allow basic editing. This is the perfect solution for changing dates, numbers or small portions of text with a minimum loss of formatting information for simple formatted documents.


Note 1: This requires to have OpenOffice 3+ installed

Note 2: It will take down your system on large, graphics rich PDFs. So watch out.


Libre Office

LibreOffice natively supports PDF edit (using Draw), so no need to get the plugin above.


Not sure if this can be considered a PDF Editor, but you can do many things with it on the command line:

  • Merge PDF Documents
  • Split PDF Pages into a New Document
  • Rotate PDF Pages or Documents
  • Decrypt Input as Necessary (Password Required)
  • Encrypt Output as Desired
  • Fill PDF Forms with FDF Data or XFDF Data and/or Flatten Forms
  • Apply a Background Watermark or a Foreground Stamp
  • Report on PDF Metrics such as Metadata, Bookmarks, and Page Labels
  • Update PDF 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)

URL: Download and for more info


The Others


A WYSIWYG PostScript editor. Saves files as PS (I believe). Was not able to open the PDF it created using Acrobat Reader.

Install in Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get install flpsed



Has the capacity of importing PDFs and saving them as an image.



Online PDF editor. Pretty neat.


Good luck!

Comments (17)
Best PDF Editor
17 Friday, 29 April 2016 04:19
It's so great software for linux, see more the software for windows from here.
free online pdf converter
16 Friday, 09 October 2015 21:32
You can try this free online pdf to image converter( to convert pdf to image.
convert word doc into PDF file
15 Saturday, 18 October 2014 08:09
i use Linux Zorin OS 9. has no sudo function sudoers folder. nowhere does it mention in any browsing does ideas to turn word files into PDF files.
Filling out PDF Forms
14 Tuesday, 16 September 2014 18:49
paul dave
This is a good read. I just want to share this site which I find very useful in managing my PDF files. It has the capability to create forms using the existing template or upload your word or powerpoint document and convert it to PDF file. It also give you the option to save, print, fax, mail, share or send to sign. I was able to get the form I need through
OCR now available in PDF Studio
13 Friday, 01 March 2013 10:23
I wanted to note that the latest version of Qoppa's PDF Studio now includes an OCR function for Linux.
Xournal let you make annotations
12 Friday, 27 April 2012 02:50
Libreoffice 3.5.0 rc3
11 Tuesday, 10 April 2012 13:45
Ken C
This I came across totally by accident, but "Draw" in libreoffice version 3.5.0 rc3. Handles pdf editing nicely.
10 Tuesday, 27 March 2012 06:22
This is a pdf annotator, highlighting and some other basic tasks online. Results can be saved with annotations into a pdf file. And it is free!
chers editeurs
9 Saturday, 04 February 2012 21:13
pierre Saint
Je voudrais avoir des informations sur la dernire versionlinux
Wine + Foxit Reader 4
8 Saturday, 28 January 2012 15:27
I've experimented with PDF xchange viewer and foxit reader. The latter is my final choice.
I'm using Wine 1.3 and Foxit 4.3. PDF Xchange works pretty well but while scrolling parts of the screen are not properly shown until you click on them. Foxit 5 installs but crashes immediately. Would be nice to have evince with annotation capability. It seems they depend on poppler which lacks this feature till now.
PDF Studio
7 Sunday, 15 January 2012 00:02
PDF Studio
Review, Annotate and Edit PDF Documents in Windows, Mac and Linux
Available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish

This Software is great, easy to use, and a lot better priced than other PDF editors

Look at all it can do:
and this is not a complete list
to see complete list go tools

Reviewing and Annotating

Highlight, cross-out, underline text
Add sticky notes, text boxes, and freehand (pencil) annotations
Add hyperlinks (web url, file, or email)
Add graphical annotations: circles, rectangles, lines, arrows, polygons, clouds
Add sound annotations and record audio right into the PDF document
Add rubber stamps, choose from predefined stamps or build your own
Attach files to a PDF document
Precision measuring tools for distances, areas and perimeters
Annotation review status (as part of the review cycle)
Import and export annotations in FDF/ XFDF / XDP formats
Flatten annotations

Creating and Assembling Documents

Scan papers directly to PDF (except on Mac OSX Lion in version 6)
Convert Word (.doc, docx), images and text files to PDF
Extract, insert, move, rotate and delete pages
Split by bookmarks, page range, text search
Sophisticated bookmark / document outline creation
Set document properties and initial view

Editing Content

Edit, delete text content, change text properties
Manual redaction for text and images
Move, resize, and save images
Move, resize shapes and path objects
pdf xchange
6 Friday, 02 September 2011 14:45
Wine + pdf-xchange viewer works well.
See discussion at
PDF editors
5 Sunday, 07 August 2011 10:16
@krzystoff: I've been looking for an editor for ages now, with no luck. The only thing that comes close is Sun PDF Import Extension (pdf editor for Open Office). It is a bit of a pain to use (and consumes a lot of memory), but it can edit PDFs and then save them.

gscan2pdf does OCR, but there's no comparison to Adobe.

I've managed to get around with those 2-3 tools, but if I need something more sophisticated (like filling out forms), I go back to windows and adobe.
PDF editors
4 Friday, 05 August 2011 11:18
PDF Edit is useable for very basic functions, such as comment, rotate, select and copy / paste / delete items, a little unstable even with small, simple documents -- in a nutshell, PDF 'Edit' is to Acrobat Professional what Ms Paint 1.0 is to Photoshop CS5.

FLPSED is self-described as a 'PDF annotator' by the author, so NOT a PDF editor.

GIMP is fine for images, but is really only meant for single-page editing of raster graphics and there are scant useful things you can use it for with PDFs, if you want to maintain any real Postcript/PDF benefits.

Qoppa's PDF Studio $50 is only marginally better, Qoppa's Studio Pro $99 -- neither even include OCR features let alone full editing capability, it is really a poor copy of Acrobat Reader (ie. annotate, form fill, redact, comment, paste images, links, stamps) -- -- the main selling point is the multiplatform nature, but for Mac and Windows there are a multitude of vastly better options, eg. Nitro PDF

PDF Escape is similar to PDF Edit, but far slower being online and you have to upload/download (as you might do in Google Docs).

are there any REAL contenders on linux ?? I love to know -- so far nothing very useful and certainly not of a daily use standard -- I have experimented with WINE, with NitroPDF/Acrobat/Foxit but it seems stability is a big issue.
not an editor, but...
3 Monday, 17 January 2011 21:59
This is not a PDF editor, but it will let you convert scanned images into PDF: gscan2pdf.
2 Tuesday, 05 October 2010 05:32
PDF Studio
1 Wednesday, 02 June 2010 09:47
Great user friendly PDF editor:

Not free but the only "real" PDF editor on Linux that allows for pdf annotations and maintains compatibility with the PDF format.

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