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pdfnup 0.4.2

Layout multiple pages per sheet of a PDF document.

Pdfnup is a Python module and command-line tool for layouting multiple pages per sheet of a PDF document. Using it you can take a PDF document and create a new PDF document from it where each page contains a number of minimized pages from the original PDF file.

Right now pdfnup should be used on documents with all pages the same size, and half square page numbers per sheet work best on paper sizes of the ISO A series.

Basically, pdfnup wrapps pyPdf, a package written by Mathieu Fenniak, which does not provide tools like this for using the core functionality easily from the command-line or from a Python module. Pdfnup itself was much inspired from some code written by Henning von Bargen - thanks, Henning!

This release provides full support for file objects and StringIO objects for input as well as output documents and fixes a nasty buglet in the command-line invocation script.


  • save minimized pages of a given PDF document in a new PDF document
  • place n pages per sheet, with n being square or half square
  • customize layout order, both horizontally and vertically
  • turn rotated pages to make them all have the same format
  • allow patterns for output files
  • supports file-like objects for input and output documents
  • install a Python module named
  • install a Python command-line script named pdfnup
  • provide a Unittest test suite


  • 2012-06-19 (0.4.2): Fixed a bug after ImmutableSet was removed in pyPdf 1.13.


You can use pdfnup as a Python module e.g. like in the following interactive Python session:

>>> from pdfnup import generateNup
>>> generateNup("file.pdf", 8, verbose=True)
written: file-8up.pdf
>>> generateNup("file.pdf", 8, dirs="LD", verbose=True)
written: file-8up.pdf
>>> f = open("file.pdf")
>>> generateNup(f, 8, outPathPatternOrFile="out-%(n)dup.pdf", verbose=True)
written: out-8up.pdf

In addition there is a script named pdfnup, which can be used more easily from the system command-line like this (you can see many more examples when typing pdfnup -h on the command-line):

$ pdfnup -V file.pdf
written: file-4up.pdf
$ pdfnup -V -n 8 file.pdf
written: file-8up.pdf
$ pdfnup -V -n 8 -l LD file.pdf
written: file-8up.pdf
$ pdfnup -V -n 9 /path/file[12].pdf
written: /path/file1-9up.pdf
written: /path/file2-9up.pdf
$ pdfnup -V -n 8 -o "%(dirname)s/foo.pdf" /path/file.pdf
written: /path/foo.pdf