We know that it can be difficult to choose between PDFsam versions. We hope this section can help you better understand differences and features of the various packages

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PDFsam Basic Logo PDFsam Basic

  • What is PDFsam Basic ?
    PDFsam Basic is a free and open source software designed to perform PDF files manipulation (PDF merge, PDF split, rotate PDF etc)
  • What does it do?
    In short merge PDF files, rotate PDF files, split PDF files by page numbers, by size and by bookmarks level, mix two or more PDF files taking pages alternatively from the input files, extract pages from PDF files. Check the product page for more details
  • Is it free?
    Yes
  • Is it open source?
    Yes
  • What license?
    PDFsam Basic is published under the terms of the GNU Affero General Public License v3 terms
  • Can I contribute?
    Sure! The project is hosted on GitHub, you can fork it, submit pull requests and open bugs or feature requests, just make sure to read the contributing guidelines
  • System requirements?
    PDFsam Basic requires approximately 70 MB of disk space, 256 MB of RAM and a 64-bit operating system
  • Do I need Java?
    No, as of version 4 Java is bundled with the application and you don't need to install it anymore. Version 3 requires a Java Runtime Environment 8 with JavaFX
  • Does it run on 32-bit systems?
    Version 4 requires a 64-bit system and it doesn't run on 32-bit while version 3 can run on 32-bit systems.
  • Multiplatform?
    Yes, We provide installers for Windows, Linux and MacOS
  • Can I install it in my company?
    Yes, PDFsam Basic can be used in your company for free
  • Command line interface?
    PDFsam Basic and PDFsam Visual are both powered by Sejda SDK, our open source PDF engine. Sejda SDK has a command line interface called sejda-console offering a great number of PDF tasks through command line.
  • Open JDK on Linux?
    As of version 4, a simplified version of OpenJDK 11 is bundled with the application and used to run PDFsam Basic. To run version 3 using OpenJDK check this out
  • Silent install?
    We support silent install and a number of properties to pass to the MSI as well as a number of args and properties to drive the application behavior

PDFsam Enhanced Logo PDFsam Enhanced

  • What is PDFsam Enhanced ?
    PDFsam Enhanced is our professional and customizable PDF editor
  • Is it free?
    It includes the free View and Create modules. Other modules are not free
  • Is it open source?
    No
  • What license?
    PDFsam Enhanced is published under the terms of this End User's Software License Agreement (EULA)
  • System requirements?
    Windows Vista 32 & 64, Windows 7 32 & 64, Windows 8 32 & 64, Windows 10 32 & 64. 512 MB (1 GB for Vista, 7, 8 & 10) or RAM. 200MB or more of disk space. Internet connection is required for version updates. Microsoft Office is required for plug-in use and conversion to Word
  • Do I need Java?
    No
  • Multiplatform?
    No, it runs on Windows systems, see the system requirements for more details.
  • Plan or perpetual?
    Plans and perpetual licenses both have the same functionality. Subscribing a plan you will receive unlimited free updates, free support and you can activate the license on two computers
  • Where can I download old versions?

PDFsam Visual Logo PDFsam Visual

  • What is PDFsam Visual ?
    PDFsam Visual is our affordable solution to visually perform tasks like split, combine, crop, extract, encrypt
  • Why "Visual"?
    Most of the modules allow the user to set options by playing with page thumbnails or fully rendered pages
  • Is it free?
    It can be freely used for a trial period of two week (14 days), after that it requires a license to be activated. Purchase a license
  • Is it open source?
    No
  • What license?
    PDFsam Visual is published under the terms of this End User's Software License Agreement (EULA). The license is perpetual and includes upgrades for the major version you purchased (if you purchased version 1.0 you will get free upgrades 1.1, 1.2 and so on but not version 2.0, you will need to purchase a new license for that)
  • Do I need Java?
    Java is used to perform the PDF manipulations and it is already bundled with the application, so no need to install it
  • Multiplatform?
    Yes, We provide installers for Windows, Linux and MacOS
  • Volume discount?
    We offer volume discounts, if you plan to buy more then few licenses, please contact us
  • Volume license?
    We support volume license keys where a single license key is activated for a given number of users. Ask for a volume discount
  • Silent install?
    We support silent install where a pre-activated license key can be passed as property
  • Where can I download old versions?