split PDFs from the Linux command line

My scanner allows me to scan multiple pages to PDF with a single process. It's a great feature--especially for capturing multi-page documents as a single file. It can also be a time-saver for scanning multiple single-page documents—with only a bit of command line:

pdftk multi-page-input-file.pdf burst  

And there you have it!

The utility pdftk (for PDF Toolkit, by PDF Labs) is a utility commonly used for client-side scripting or server-side processing of PDFs.

PDFtk’s features are fully documented on its man page.

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