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I just received a pdf textbook comprised of some 20 separate pdfs (by chapter) with quasi-regular names. Is there a way for counting the pages in th book w/o openning each file (or going through the properties)?

[solution can be for Windows or Ubuntu]

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Do you have Adobe Acrobat? – wizlog Mar 22 '12 at 16:34
up vote 5 down vote accepted

Using pdfinfo this is the best I could come up with: To print the number of pages per file:

for i in *.pdf; do echo $i && pdfinfo "$i" | grep "^Pages:"; done

To print the sum of all pages in all files:

for i in *.pdf; do pdfinfo "$i" | grep "^Pages:"; done | awk '{s+=$2} END {print s}'

On Ubuntu, pdfinfo is contained in the package poppler-utils. To install it, use:

sudo apt-get install poppler-utils

On Windows, you can use cygwin. pdfinfo is contained in the package poppler.

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This is perfect! – ysap Mar 22 '12 at 17:22
+1 pdfinfo is exactly what I was looking for. I need it for page counts in my duplex printing emulation package. – Joe Mar 12 '13 at 6:18

In Adobe Acrobat Pro, go to file > create PDF > merge files into a single PDF. Then add files and select the files you want. Click combine, and see how many pages are in the final PDF.

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Thanks @wizlog - this really requires the full featured (and expensive) software, doesn't it? – ysap Mar 22 '12 at 17:26
Just noticed your comment on the question. No, I don't have it. – ysap Mar 22 '12 at 17:28

Hi dont know how you can do it on windows but on linux bash it should work with this

PDFS=`ls *.pdf`
for i in $PDFS
   (( counter += `pdfinfo internship_report.pdf | sed -n 's|Pages:[^0-9]*\([0-9]*\).*|\1|p'`))
echo $counter

best reguards kenny

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Thanks, Kenny. This may work if the filename would scan through the files. Upvoted anyway. – ysap Mar 22 '12 at 17:25

I know its too late but I just found a way better and simpler solution for this.

Download and install from sourceforge "pdf split and merge"

Drop all your files on it, and in the screen it generates a spreadsheet-like report on the number of pages and info of each.

Select that, copy, paste into excel or opencalc, you got it.

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