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I was able to transfer music by installing few libraries and then my device was recognised by rhythmbox. But no success in transferring pdf files to ipad. Any suggestions?? Thanks in advance.

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If your machine and your iPad are connected within a wifi network, you can make simple HTTP server serving PDF files that can be downloaded from iPad.

Make sure you have python installed, open up a terminal and cd to the directory where you store your PDF files. Then run this command:

python -m SimpleHTTPServer 8000

And on your iPad open up the web browser and go to URL: http://<ip.of.machine>:8000

Voila! You can see your PDF files and download them into your iPad.

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elegant solution – Bastian Aug 16 at 18:05

Transferring any kind of file to any Apple device (ipad included) is only officially supported through cloud-syncing, such as iTunes file-sharing or services like Dropbox. The simplest way would be to use Dropbox, which works well if you want to access your pdf files from multiple devices.

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I was able to sync music from rhythmbox though – Aces Smart May 24 '13 at 15:26
Music is generally handled differently compared to other files, such as pdfs. The file system of iPads and iPods etc. (to the best of my knowledge) is not very easily accessible, ie. not accessible without jail-breaking the device. The most common ways to access pdf files on ipads/ipods are: emailing the files to yourself as an attachment or by using Dropbox link. – dluco Jun 1 '13 at 5:08
hmmm.. Apple products have too much of restrictions :| . – Aces Smart Jun 2 '13 at 7:04

You can copy pdf files to the iPad to be used with the iBooks app. However, just copying pdf files to the iPad will not do; the trick is to imitate Apple's ".plist" configuration files.

If you are comfortable using python, here is a simple script that will do the job for you. Simply place your pdf files in the Books/Managed folder and then run the following in that directory. Once this script is run, the iPad will recognize your pdf files. These pdf files can even by in subdirectories.

    header = "<?xml version=\"1.0\" encoding=\"UTF-8\"?>\n<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC \"-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN\" \"\">\n<plist version=\"1.0\">\n<dict>\n <key>Books</key>\n  <array>\n"

    footer = "  </array>\n</dict>\n</plist>"
    fst = "     <dict>\n            <key>Inserted-By-iBooks</key>\n         <false/>\n             <key>Name</key>\n            <string>"
    tnd = "</string>\n          <key>Page Progression Direction</key>\n         <string>default</string>\n          <key>Path</key>\n           <string>"
    lst = "</string>\n          <key>s</key>\n          <string>0</string>\n        </dict>\n"
    bodystr = ""

    for root, dirs, files in os.walk(".", topdown=False):
        for name in files:
        sttmp = os.path.join(root, name)[2:]
            if not ".pdf" in sttmp:

file = open("Managed.plist", "w")
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beautiful solution – Bastian Aug 16 at 18:05
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The best option I came up with is to install adobe reader on my Ipad. All you gotta do is connect the Ipad to your pc and the Ipad gets mounted. Then open "Documents on (your Ipad name)" , locate adobe reader there , open adobe reader and then you see the Documents folder. Just place your pdf file in that folder. That's it! you are good to go :).

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I recommend Dropbox. I have it on my iPod and it works cross platform, Ubuntu, OS X, iOS, and even more. works like a charm!

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