bookletimposer(1) An utility to reorganize PDF pages


bookletimposer [options] [input-file]

bookletimposer -a [options] input-file


bookletimposer is an utility to achieve some basic imposition on PDF documents, especially designed to work on booklets.

It allows:

  • to transform linear documents to booklets;
  • to reduce a document to put many on one sheet (for tracts for example);
  • to transform booklets to linear documents.

It is a free software released under the GNU General Public License, either version 3 or (at your option) any later version.



show program's version number and exit.

-h, --help

show an help message and exit.

-o OUTFILE, --output=OUTFILE

set output PDF file to OUTFILE.

-a, --no-gui

automatic converstion (don't show the user interface). In that mode, the input file must be defined.

-i, --gui

show the user interface (default).

-b, --booklet

produce a booklet out of a linear document (default).

-l, --linearize

produce a linear document out of a booklet.

-n, --no-reorganisation

don't reorganize (will only scale and assemble pages).

-c, --copy-pages

copy the same group of input pages on one output page.



number of pages per sheet, in the format HORIZONTALxVERTICAL, e.g. 2x1.



output page format, e.g. A4 or A3R.

-k, --keep

do not overwrite output file if it exists.



Displays the GTK+ user interface.

bookletimposer --no-gui --booklet --pages-per-sheet=2x1

--output=out.pdf in.pdf

Converts in.pdf into a booklet with two pages per sheet an saves the result as out.pdf.

bookletimposer --no-gui --linearise --pages-per-sheet=2x1


Converts the two-pages-per-sheet booklet in.pdf into a page-by-page PDF. As the output file name is not defined, it will default to in-conv.pdf.


BookletImposer is under development, which means that for the moment, some things work, some others do not... Thanks to report bugs to <[email protected]> if you find some!


Kjö Hansi Glaz <[email protected]>.