I'd like to print a single page PDF document on 2 or 4 pages.

Is there a way to do that on Ubuntu 12.04?

3 Answers 3


This should do the job: command line PDF poster printer

To install, use apt-get as follows:

sudo apt-get install pdfposter

Example of usage for A4 -> A2 size:

$ pdfposter -v -mA4 -pA2 input_A4.pdf output_4_A4.pdf
---- processing page 1 -----
Deciding for 2 column and 2 row of portrait pages.
  • 1
    Tried it just now under Ubuntu 16.04, and it turned an A4 poster into two blank pages to tile to make an A3 poster. I.e., it didn't work. $ pdfposter -v -mA4 -pA3 marketing/posters/LeethDossierPoster-Freecon2018.pdf marketing/posters/Frecon2018_A3.pdf ---- processing page 1 ----- Deciding for 1 columns and 3 row of landscape pages. $ pdfposter -v -mA4 -s 1.4 marketing/posters/LeethDossierPoster-Freecon2018.pdf marketing/posters/Freecon2018_A3.pdf ---- processing page 1 ----- Deciding for 1 columns and 2 row of landscape pages. Jul 27, 2018 at 7:38
  • Works for me. I'm printing an infographic which is much taller than it is wide and I want to print it across multiple pages in one column. pdfposter -p 1x2a4 in.pdf out_down_2_A4_pages.pdf pdfposter -p 1x3a4 in.pdf out_down_3_A4_pages.pdf manpages.ubuntu.com/manpages/trusty/man1/pdfposter.1.html sudo yum install pdfposter
    – gaoithe
    Nov 9, 2018 at 19:42
  • Not working properly for me. Tried it to expand a familylines graphical report from Gramps (genealogical program) but it loses the lines that connect inidividuals.
    – ceperman
    Dec 8, 2019 at 19:05

You can try Razor enter image description here

  1. First Print your PDF to File ( As Image , as png or jpeg )
  2. Then use this tool to print it over to as many pages as you wish

This technique is called Image OR Document Stitching.

Source : Document on multiple pages


Lot of years later, but I tried pdfposter and realized that there is no overlap option. Sometimes it could be a problem, with printer margins for example. So I used pdfarranger:

  1. Import original PDF
  2. Duplicate page
  3. Crop the bottom of the first page less than 50% to include overlap (48% for example)
  4. Crop the top of the second page the same amount
  5. Export PDF
  6. Optional. Print the exported PDF file to a new PDF at the desired page size to see the final appearance on the printed page.

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