PDF Manipulator for Ubuntu Linux – PDF Chain

As an Ubuntu Linux user if you’re searching for an extremely simple PDF editor (sort of) then PDF Shuffler is a pretty decent utility. However that tool can only let you change page order, split and merge PDF documents.

So if you’re looking for a more powerful tool that lets you easily merge, split, encrypt documents, edit meta-tags including few more other features, then try ‘PDF Chain’.

In truth, PDF Chain actually uses a command-line tool called “PDF tool-kit” (known as “pdftk”), but PDF Chain does make everything so much easier and user friendly because it’s a GUI tool.


Main features…

*. Split and Merge PDF files.

*. Rotate pages.

*. Add a background or a stamp (watermark logos) to the PDF. Excellent for “branding” purposes.

*. Change or add a new password (including encryption with 40-bit or 128-bit encryption).


*. Set output permissions (read-only, read & write, restrict copying, printing etc).

*. Add attachment to the whole PDF document or individual pages and extract attachment from PDF files.

*. Generate FDF data.

*. Compress/Uncompress.

*. Update PDF meta-data.


*. Fill forms … are among its main features.

You can install PDF Chain in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, 11.10 Oneric Ocelot, 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 10.10 and 10.04 by using the below command in your Terminal window.

sudo apt-get install pdfchain

It also uses very little of your system resources due to its simplicity and good coding:).

Now this is not a PDF creation suite and only a simple editor, but after all is said and done, PDF Chain is an elegant little application!.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

4 thoughts on “PDF Manipulator for Ubuntu Linux – PDF Chain”

  1. Biggest difficulty I have while merging PDF pages/files to make one document is that last page/file becomes first and the first one becomes last ie order is reversed. For example separate pages1 to 7 (say) if made into 1 document, page 7 becomes page 1 in the merged document and so on. I was looking for a solution for this on the web when I came across your page. Ubuntu 13.04 with PDFChain from software centre.


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