Editing PDF files in Linux

Editing the PDF files in linux is being a Nightmare till yesterday. We have to convert the pdf to ps file. Then ps to a image file. Then Edit the image using any image manipulation tool. Then bind the edited images into a new PDF file. What such a long process and n00b  users can not do all these kindas.

But today, the things are changed. Those days are gone with the wind. Thanks to PDFedit. It is excellent Graphical tool.

  1. You should open the pdf file.
  2. Select the text to be modified.
  3. Modify  the text in the separate window.
  4. Copy the modified text.
  5. Replace with the old text.

Thats all.

PDF editing is not easier than this before.

I am longing to see a tool like Adobe Acrobat, which can edit PDF files just like Word Documents. Now We got PDFedit. Thanks to the community.

Here, howtoforge describes from installing to uasge.


You can get the Ubuntu package here.

You can get the source here.


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4 thoughts on “Editing PDF files in Linux

  1. Hi!

    I have a query regarding pdfedit. Pdfedit does not modify many files saying “document is read-only”. I have already set the options “allow editing read-only features” in Tools->options. However it does not seem to have any effect.

    Is it possible to override this read-only flag? If yes, then how to do that.

    I would be grateful for your answer.

    Regards and Thanks in advance

  2. Hi,

    I’ve downloaded the package – I’m using openSuSE 11.0 – and it works.

    BUT, I’ve scanned several job applications and want to fill in the necessary fields associated with the job application. using PDFEdit.

    I can open the documents that I want to with GIMP, but can’t seem to save them to .PDF.


    Phoenix, Arizona

  3. There is one tool available for windows known as able2extract by which we can convert pdf files to .xls format can you please recommend any tool in Linux that can convert pdf files to .ods file format

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