I'll tell you clearly and loudly: I don't like Calibre! So, how can I convert PDF to ePUB without it?


We know you don't like Calibre... but have you tried its CLI conversion tool?

The Calibre install provides the command ebook-convert that will handle what you want, and there's no need to run Calibre.

ebook-convert file.pdf file.epub

is all that's required.

If the output looks a little wrong - try this

ebook-convert file.pdf file.epub --enable-heuristics

It will try a "smart" way to convert. Not perfect, but can work well in most conversions.

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    Any way to make it work with 2 column documents? The --enable-heuristics flag does not work well with those. – zakkak Nov 20 '14 at 15:55
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    According to their website, multi-column PDFs are not supported. – Drac Noc Dec 23 '14 at 17:13
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    Wow thanks. For multiple PDF files within a folder I used this after cding to the directory: find ./ -iname "*pdf" -type f | while read f; do echo -e "\e[1mConverting file $f \e[0m" ; ebook-convert "$f" "${f%.pdf}.epub" --enable-heuristics ; done – Wilf Apr 24 '15 at 12:14
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    note that if you don't have the ebook-convert command, you may have installed calibre through flatpak or snap. Uninstall your existing calibre through the software center, or flatpak remove, or snap remove and then install with apt – Ace.C Apr 11 '19 at 6:16
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    @PrashantTapase - I don't see why you should have any trouble. The GUI offers the same options as the CLI. The GUI has more of a per-device set of rules. You can opt on how files are converted when they are transferred according to what reader you plugged in. A Kobo reader uses epub, Kindle has mobi. Calibre should pick that up automatically, but you can always use the convert icon to fine tune what you have in your library. – Drac Noc May 3 '19 at 18:00

LibreOffice has an epub exporter extension, so you can install the LibreOffice PDF importer extension, import your PDF, and then export to epub.

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Have a look at www.convertfiles.com, you can easily convert .pdf to .epub using their free online conversion tool.

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2epub.com - the same online converter with batch processing and output compression files


Calibre is powerful yet kind of complex. You may try PDFMate PDF Converter Free. I've been running it for a long time. Feels good so far.

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    This is Windows-only software. – dr_ Apr 23 '18 at 8:09
  • Definitely Windows only – Drac Noc Jun 26 at 18:26

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