Mac's Preview can be used to rearange pages in a PDF document by simply drag-and-dropping the pages around in the side panel. Is there any equivalent tool for Ubuntu? I have noticed, that the Document Viewer, which comes with Ubuntu, also has this nice side panel. However, it cannot be used to manipulate a PDF document. If there is no drag-and-drop solution, what is the easiest way to rearrange pages in a PDF document?

  • This dose not work in Kubuntu 21.04 Apr 4, 2022 at 3:03
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    – matigo
    Apr 4, 2022 at 3:08

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You can use PDF-Shuffler.

You can install it via terminal:

sudo apt-get install pdfshuffler

As shown in the image, you only have to import the PDF file you want to manipulate and drag & drop the pages in the desired order. It also lets you to rotate the pages in orthogonal angles.

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You can save it in the same file or export it as a different PDF file.


You can install PDF-Shuffler using the following command:

sudo apt-get install pdfshuffler
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    pdfshuffler is no longer available, you can use pdfarranger instead.
    – Raknos13
    Jan 7 at 8:34

The easiest way is to print the PDF to another PDF with a different page ordering. For example, if you want to reverse a 3 page PDF, you enter 3,2,1 under Pages.


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On Ubuntu 19.10, there is PDF Arranger, which is able to do this.

Software Center screenshot of PDF Arranger


Re-printing as PDF worked for me when I needed to insert the last page at the middle:

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  • You have posted an existing answer.
    – cipricus
    Mar 13, 2023 at 9:38
  • +1 for the english screen capture ;-) Apr 1, 2023 at 11:09

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