How do I remove some pages of a .pdf file? I tried some tips mentioned in different websites, but to no avail.

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    It would be helpful to mention what "tips" exactly you've tried so you don't get the same suggestions over again. – slhck Dec 11 '12 at 19:32

I've used PDF SAM (Split And Merge) ( http://www.pdfsam.org/ ) numerous times and it works well.

It's a free Java app, so you will need Java installed. It allows PDFs to be extracted to single pages and then reattached back again.

  • This works fine, I just wish they would add something like Adobe Acrobats "organize pages" were one could easily remove, add, rotate or reorder pages. – Foad Jan 8 at 9:32

You can use any PDF editor, or if you don't want to download/install anything big, use the command-line portable pdftk (PDF Toolkit). Just extract the EXE and DLL to the same directory as your PDF, then from the command prompt use a command similar to the following:

pdftk in.pdf cat 1-12 14-end output out.pdf

This will delete page 13 from the PDF. See the man(ual) and examples pages for more help/options, or just type pdftk --help.

  • You can search for PDFTK portable version for a GUI version without installatoin. – Kenneth L Jan 3 '16 at 14:32
  • I wish there were a command to remove certain pages. that would be way more easier IMO. – Foad Jan 8 at 9:32

Sejda is a new "Advanced Online Manipulation Tool" that has the ability to split a PDF document at the page number that you wish. It also has numerous other abilities:


To remove pages, use the Extract task. Select all page but the ones you wish removed, and click "Extract".

You can select multiple pages at once pressing SHIFT

Extract PDF pages using sejda.com


Another option is to use a PDF printer (e.g. CutePDF ( http://www.cutepdf.com/ ) )

"Print" your PDF to another PDF making sure to choose only the pages you want from the print dialog.

  • Many OS have a PDF printer installed by default. – adam.r Sep 22 '18 at 21:19

You can use command line tools pdftk and qpdf for this purpose. They are available in windows and linux.

Use scoop to install them easily.

scoop install pdftk
scoop install qpdf

pdftk example, taken from here.

Here is the example of the code to keep only pages 1-9 and 26-end of the original file myDocument.pdf and save them to removedPages.pdf.:

pdftk input.pdf cat 1-9 26-end output outputfile.pdf

qpdf example

qpdf.exe input.pdf --pages input.pdf 1-9,26-z -- outputfile.pdf

  • there is also a Chooloatey package for pdftk and qpdf – Foad Jan 8 at 9:35

Another commercial option is using Ricoh's Print&Share:

There are several ways to "remove" pages. Easiest option:

  1. Print your pdf document or other document to Print&Share
  2. Go to the Print&Share pages overview by clicking that icon in the upper right corner: Ricoh Print&Share pages overview
  3. Deselect the pages that you don't want: Ricoh Print&Share deselect pages
  4. Click the Send and Close button. Ricoh Print&Share Send and Close

Now it is also possible to deselect pages based on conditions and automatically instead of doing it manually. This can be for example if the page contains too much color or too much white space or if it contains certain words, or specific page ranges, etc... The page selection options can be found here: Ricoh Print&Share advanced page selection


The free foxit reader comes with a pdf printer that allows you to print (ranges of) pages to a pdf file. And it's a great alternative to Adobe Reader.


Pdf printer drivers, as in Foxit, will convert your original pdf file, but may result in a different quality, or much larger file, when using high quality print.

Alternatively, it is recommended to simply cut off pages, from the original pdf file, without converting it.

This online tool does it very well: http://smallpdf.com/split-pdf

 1. Upload your file with drag and drop or press Choose file.
 2. Select the pages you want to save into a new file.
 3. Press the Split PDF button and download your file.

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    While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. - From Review – nKn Jan 3 '16 at 11:42
  • Sure, I've added detailed explanation. – Noam Manos Jan 4 '16 at 20:51

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