Are there any Open Source Tools to Remove PDF links in Ubuntu. I use PDFtk and i am not able to find any internal links in it. Due to the Internal links my python script that uses PyPdf to merge the PDF files into one file fails.


A simple step to remove all the hyper links from a PDF is by printing, that is by choosing print to file option. but this process doesn't remove the highlight of the hyper link. hope this helps

  • Helps, but bookmarks can get lost by doing that. A solution for that issue is using the program jpdfbookmarks. – Til Hund May 17 '14 at 21:20

When I extract the pages from a PDF with pdftk and assemble them again afterwards the links are gone. Example:

mkdir temp
cd temp
pdftk ../FileWithLinks.pdf burst
pdftk *.pdf cat output ../FileWithLinksRemoved.pdf
  • 1
    That did not work for me. I was using pdftk 2.02 – CodeMedic Dec 28 '18 at 14:57
  • Neither for me pdftk 2.02 – Tom Jan 17 at 10:42

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