Often times I have to scan certain documents into PDF’s and combine them with existing PDF’s to make one big document that I can send to my boss for approval. Since my work laptop is running on Xubuntu Linux, I have to do that with a special command line utility called pdftk.

Let’s say I have three PDF’s that I need to combine, they are named pdf1.pdf, pdf2.pdf and pdf3.pdf. Here is the syntax I would use to merge them:

#pdftk pdf1.pdf pdf2.pdf pdf3.pdf cat output merged.pdf

The new merged.pdf file will now have all three documents merged into one PDF in the order you listed them in the above command!

To install pdftk in Ubuntu just run:

#sudo apt-get install pdftk

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