Python || How To Install PyPdf Using Python 3

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pyPdf” is a pure Python library built as a PDF toolkit. It is capable of:

• Extracting document information (title, author, ...),
• Splitting documents page by page,
• Merging documents page by page,
• Cropping pages,
• Merging multiple pages into a single page,
• Encrypting and decrypting PDF files.

By being pure Python, it should run on any Python platform without any dependencies on external libraries. It can also work entirely on StringIO objects rather than file streams, allowing for PDF manipulation in memory. It is therefore a useful tool for websites that manage or manipulate PDFs.


A Windows installer for pyPdf is available here. At the time of this writing, the installer that was listed on the download page was titled “pyPdf-1.13.win32.exe.”

Note: If you are using Python 2 and want to install pyPdf, the Windows installer available on the download page should be all you need. No further installation instructions are necessary.

Next, follow the command prompts from the installer and wait!

When the pyPdf installer is completed, you should see the newly installed files which correspond to this module located in the following directory:


Note: Python 3.2 is installed on my system, and the above directory reflects that. The Python directory may be named something different on your individual system depending on the Python version you are using.

If everything installed correctly, proceed to the next step.


pyPdf was originally written for Python 2, but a Python 3 compatible branch has since been made available. The updated files can be found here, and enable pyPdf to be integrated with Python 3.

To update these new Python 3 files with the old Python 2 files, locate the following directory on your system:


Here is a sample screenshot demonstrating the files which resides in the above directory: (click to enlarge)

Next, update all of the old Python 2 files that’s listed in the above directory with the new Python 3 files that’s listed on this page.

One way to update the files that’s currently stored on your computer is to locate the file on your system with the exact same file name as listed here, and copy/paste the contents of the new file into the contents of the old file that’s currently stored on your computer.

Or you can download all of the files at once here, and move/replace these new files with the existing files that’s currently located on your system.

=== 3. UBUNTU USERS ===

If you are an Ubuntu Linux user and want to install pypdf, open the terminal and run the following command:

NOTE: Replace “python3.2” with whatever version of python that’s installed on your system.

sudo mkdir /usr/local/lib/python3.2/dist-packages/pyPdf

Next, copy and paste the files located in the above download link into the following directory:


Once the following steps are completed, you should now be ready to use pyPdf with Python 3 programs!

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One Response to Python || How To Install PyPdf Using Python 3

  1. Avatar Shivang says:

    Thanks for this guide, works great!

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