Discover great graphical PDF tools for merging, splitting, OCR, and more.

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PDF Chain

A graphical frontend for PDFtk. It allows to split, merge, print a stamp, attach files and more with a simple interface. Because its a frontend, you must have PDFtk installed on your system. Available on Flatpak, AUR and Ubuntu (PPA).

PDF Chain

OCRFeeder

This GNOME app is an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) system. You can import images or PDFs and OCRFeeder will detect text using an OCR engine like Tesseract. You can export the result in several formats, including ODT and searchable PDF. Maybe a bit tricky to use.

Tip: you can specify new zones where text or images are located (dragging with the mouse) or resize existing ones, select a different language (Misc -> Language) and then press OCR to do a new OCR scan.

OCRFeeder

PDF Mix Tool

Similar to PDF Chain, allows to split, merge, rotate and other simple PDF tasks. It’s a small and easy to use application.

PDF Mix Tool

LibreOffice Draw

This PDF editor is part of LibreOffice suite and it has a lot of options to create and edit PDFs (add text, shapes, fields, change page properties, etc).

LibreOffice Draw

Paperwork

A simple OCR tool. In my tests, results were not as good as with ocrmypdf.

Paperwork

PDF Arranger

It allows to split, merge or rearrange PDF pages.

PDF Arranger

PDFMtEd

View and edit PDF metadata graphically (it’s an ExifTool frontend). Programs (Editor and Inspector) are only visible when you do right-click on a PDF file and put the cursor over “Open with…”. Design looks a bit weird on my system.

PDFMtEd

PDFMtEd Editor

PDF Viewers

Check my post: PDF viewers.