What I need is a simple PDF File Splitter. I want to be able to:

  1. Take a PDF File (Let's say 20 pages)
  2. Choose what pages to delete
  3. Create a new PDF with the rest of the pages

I would prefer a free software for windows


A PDF splitter is a piece of software that takes a PDF file as input and outputs more PDF files that contain only a set of pages or a single page.

For this you could use PDFsam.

  • free and open-source
  • platform independent (Java based)
  • splits PDF files
  • merges PDF files

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You can then merge only specific PDF files (the pages that you want).

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I have had a lot of success using pdftk it comes in 3 versions, (Free GUI, Server/Command Line and Pro GUI) has the following features:

  • GUI Interface ("Free" & "Pro") but both versions include the command line "Server" version
  • Command Line/Server Interface (included in installation of both GUI versions)
  • Make a pdf from specific pages of an existing pdf (all versions)
  • Make a single pdf from specific or all pages of several pdfs (all versions)
  • XP, Vista, Win7, Win8 (GUI versions)
  • Win/Mac OSX/Linux (Command Line/Server)
  • Encrypt/Decrypt pdfs (Pro GUI & Free Command Line/Server)
  • Rotate page(s) (Pro GUI & Free Command Line/Server)
  • Handle Forms (Pro GUI & Free Command Line/Server)
  • Watermarks (Pro GUI & Free Command Line/Server)
  • Free! except the Pro Version which at $3.99 is more than reasonably priced.
  • Commercial Support for the Server Version is available (currently $79/pa).
  • The command line/server edition is also available as source code.

pdftk GUI

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    Note that the options: "Encrypt/Decrypt", "Rotate page(s)" and "Watermarks" are not available in the FREE version. – MrWhite Feb 2 '19 at 1:20
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    @MrWhite while the Free GUI version does not include those facilities the command line, server, version does and is also free, (editing the answer to make this clearer). – Steve Barnes Feb 2 '19 at 9:38
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    Ah ok, that’s great, thanks for clarification. – MrWhite Feb 2 '19 at 10:03

You can make a copy of a PDF file without certain pages using a virtual PDF printer like doPDF.

  • free
  • runs on Windows
  • no adware

Open the PDF in your favorite viewer and print it to doPDF. The page selection dialog will differ based on your PDF viewer.

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You select a single page by its number or an interval by limits (10-20). Pages and intervals are separated by commas.

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  • This feature is also built-in to Google Chrome web browser. Go to print, select "Save as PDF" as the destination and choose your pages. – MrWhite Feb 2 '19 at 1:29

The non-free solution is Adobe Acrobat. Not Adobe Reader.

Open a PDF file, open the Tools pane from the right, Pages category and select Delete Pages. Enter page range and click Delete.

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Save the PDF with Ctrl+S.

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The best one I have found is the PDFmod. It is free and easy to use. It is slow but it's so easy to use and works for anything I need. You can even combine PDF files. You can find it in the software manager. I went to the web page, but it's not working. If you have Linux Mint or Ubuntu it's in the software manager.

Here is a link to the Ubuntu page maybe that will help.

Ok after some more looking around here is the link for the free windows version of the PDF Mode I hope this helps

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  • Can you add a link for download? – Shevliaskovic May 25 '14 at 14:01

In addition to the above answers –
you can achieve the result only using PDF printer (if you already have it).

In case if you do not have any of special tools (and do not want to install them) , and your PDF is only plain one (without hyperlinks, forms, etc.) then you can simply use your PDF viewer (e.g. Adobe Reader) with PDF printer (e.g. PDF Creator) this way:
From your PDF viewer, print selected PDF page range to PDF printer.

In PDF viewer, print the PDF like this:
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Note: before printing, check PDF printer settings in order to preserve image resolution and other document quality aspects.

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You might like to use free Dysprosium software for splitting PDF documents.

  1. It comes as a portable JAR executable.
  2. It is free and small for download.
  3. Hence, no need to install. Double click on it to run.
  4. You can separate the document into equal parts, for example split all pages. enter image description here
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  6. It honours bookmarks. enter image description here
  7. Put it in the bin if you do not need it. No need to un-install.
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You can use Wondershare PDF Converter for Windows - it can split and merge PDF, convert them and more.

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