Modifying PDF Files With PDFedit On Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

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Author: Falko Timme
Last edited 09/11/2007

This article shows how you can install and use PDFedit on an Ubuntu Feisty Fawn desktop. PDFedit is a free and open-source editor for manipulating PDF documents.

This document comes without warranty of any kind! I do not issue any guarantee that this will work for you!


1 Preliminary Note

I have tested the following procedure on an Ubuntu Feisty Fawn desktop. If you are using Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (or later), there's a PDFedit package in the Gutsy repositories that you can install.


2 Installing PDFedit

Unfortunately, there's no PDFedit package in the official Ubuntu Feisty Fawn repositories, but I found one on Open a browser (e.g. Firefox) and go to Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the version you'd like to install (e.g. Ubuntu Feisty 32 bits - 0.3.2):

On the next page, click on the Download: pdfedit link:

Firefox will ask you what you want to do with the file. Select Open with GDebi Package Installer (default):

The Package Installer starts. Click on the Install Package button:

You might have to type in your password:

Afterwards, PDFedit is being installed:

You can leave the Package Installer after the installation:

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From: rmathur at: 2010-04-25 05:46:25

Excellent technique, however make no mistake every OCR that extracts text from PDF does not necessarily convert to error free text, there are bound to be errors that you need to fix manually, probably fine if your document is just a few pages but if your document is large fixing errors could be pretty cumbersome.

Good news is you can do so online without downloading any software at all. At
you can upload, convert to doc rtf or txt formats online & then save. Plus you have the advantage of errors being fixed by site operators for you.

It is advisable to use this site when you are short of time, OR you have largish documents, not confidential and you don't mind external operators help you or edit for you at cents 50 a page or so.

BTW Free sites often do not have manual support nor online 'after sales service' of editorial staff. 

From: Anonymous at: 2012-01-19 23:21:52

Nice spam jerkwad.

There is no OCR going on here.

Oddly enough, PDFedit is a pdf editor not an OCR software.

From: at: 2008-06-19 07:22:34


Using pdfedit on Hardy, I followed the instructions in this tutorial, but when I left-click on the text in the main window (just after copying the modified text), I get a message: "Document is read-only", and the text doesn't change. In the file's properties panel (using Nautilus), it seems I have permission to both read and write.



From: Anonymous at: 2008-11-25 07:16:42

For anyone reading this and wanting to know how to edit 'uneditable' PDFs: It's probably because you're trying to edit a linearised document.

 open PDFEdit and click tools > delinearize and save the new document. You should be able to edit that copy.


From: Jip at: 2009-08-06 22:04:58

Any hint on how to remove an image box?

 If difficult, any Linux tool that makes it easier?

From: Anonymous at: 2009-12-29 08:07:05

After reading the detailed and informative article, i would like to recommend another pdf editor called " VeryPDF PDF Editor", which has more complete function than this free software. Anyone who is interested in it can refer to a review named The BEST PDF Edit Tool in the World.

it is really worth to take a look or have a try. 

From: Peter at: 2011-03-03 19:45:22

Evidently the tool only runs on Win, not Linux.
It costs $90.
The link to it is dead.



From: Anonymous at: 2009-10-26 22:45:26

Hi, thanks for your easy-to-follow tutorial, now I'm wondering how to add images to my pdf documents?

From: Posicionamiento en buscadores at: 2010-10-14 17:16:43


how can I do text link with PDFEDIT?

From: Daniel P. at: 2010-10-27 14:37:42

I must drag the yellow selected text and leave them out of position in order to get my text pasted from the clipboard. I think this tool is not easy to understand, edit text could be as easy as normal word processor. Thanks anyway, i don't pay money for it.

From: -=terry=- at: 2011-01-22 17:43:50

falko thank you for your great article!!

 For me the best way to "modify" the document  is using the F5 (/page/reload) instead of moving cursor to the main window and click.

1. modify text

2. RMB select all

3. RMB copy

4. F5



From: Anonymous at: 2012-01-18 14:55:53

I am using PDFedit 0.4.1 (under openSUSE, but since the rpm was not specific, this should apply for other OS's too).

It seems to me that there's no need to select the edited text and click back on the main window.

Once the text to be changed is selected, it is enough to change the text as it appears in the property editor at the bottom right.

 Press F5 to refresh and the new text should already be in place.


From: Richard Baxter at: 2014-05-01 08:03:46

How to edit text characters using PDFedit on Linux? 

SOLUTION: press F5 (refresh)

e.g. select text - Selection pane - selection - TJ - Parameter 0 Array - modify required characters - F5 - save


From: Anonymous at: 2014-07-01 16:29:34

I almost thougt that pdfedit didn't work, but with a little tweak.

My document was weirdly encoded, so the string I wanted to replace was an array of characters which only displayed as blanks. I don't know if it was a codepage isssue, but I had to do copy paste of invisible characters to replace the text I needed to replace.