How to merge PDF for free

Have you just scanned a bunch of documents that you have saved in PDF format on your computer and now you would like to know if there is any way to combine them into a single file? If the answer is yes, I would say that today is your lucky day: you have landed on the right guide at the right time. In fact, with this article of mine I would like to show you, in detail, which tools to use and how to proceed.

How do you say? The thing interests you but you don’t have the slightest intention of putting your hand to your wallet? Well, I guess you have no reason to worry. The resources I am about to show you are in fact at no cost and in some cases, you think, it is not even necessary to download and install special software on your computer. There are in fact some tools pre-installed on the system as well as a bunch of online services that can be used directly and conveniently from the browser without adding programs to the computer.

Then? How about putting the chatter aside and starting to find out how to merge PDFs for free? Yes? Fantastic. So take a few minutes of free time all to yourself, make yourself comfortable and immediately start concentrating on reading this tutorial. I am sure that in the end you will be able to tell yourself more than satisfied with what you have learned and that, in case of need, you will also be ready to provide useful tips to all your friends. Let it bet?


  • Merge PDFs for free on Windows
  • Merge PDFs for free on Mac
  • Merge PDFs for free on Linux
  • Online services to merge PDFs for free
    • FoxyUtils
    • PDF Candy

Merge PDFs for free on Windows

Do you have a PC with Windows installed and are you looking for some software that allows you to merge PDFs for free? Then I can not help but recommend  PDFill Free PDF Tools. In fact, it is a sort of Swiss army knife for PDFs, a program that includes a whole series of tools that allow you to edit PDFs by joining them, dividing them, rotating them, converting them and so on. It’s free and it’s also very simple to use.

To download PDFill FREE PDF Tools on your computer, first connect to its website and then click first on the Download now button located under the heading  Get this tool only located at the top right and then on the Download now button attached to the new page Web that is shown to you.

Once the download procedure is complete, open the PDFill_PDF_Tools_FREE.exe file you just obtained and, in the window that is shown to you at this point, click on the Yes and Next buttons to start the software installation. Then put a checkmark next to the item  I accept the terms in the License Agreement and then press  Next three times in a row, then on  Install  and finally on  Finish. If you are asked to install  GhostScript and  .Net Framework, accept: these are two free components required for the operation of PDFill FREE PDF Tools. During the setup procedure, however, make sure to deselect any other additional software (and add superfluous ones, in this case!) That are proposed to you.

Proceed now going to start PDFill Free PDF Tools, press the Merge PDF Files button in the program window and drag the PDF files you are interested in to merge in the screen that is then shown to you. So use the Move up and  Move down buttons to arrange the documents in the order you like best, then click the Save as button to save the output document.

Merge PDFs for free on Mac

Do you use a Mac? Then I have good, indeed excellent news to give you: to merge your documents in PDF format you do not need to resort to using any additional software. Everything you need to merge PDFs for free is already installed on your Apple-branded computer. More precisely, I’m talking about Preview, the program for viewing photos and PDFs included “standard” in macOS / OS X.

You ask me how to use it? Nothing easier! First open, by double left clicking on its icon, the first document in PDF format on which you are interested in going to act. If in doing so the document opens with another application, right-click on its icon, select Open with from the menu that is shown to you and then click on Preview.

Now, click on the View menu at the top left and choose the Thumbnail item so as to enable the display of the thumbnail bar, in fact, on the left side of the Preview window.

If the PDF files you intend to group into a single document are all in the same location, you can also open them all together by selecting them (just cmd + click on their icons or press cmd + a, to select them all) and double-click on any of them.

At this point, regardless of the method used to open the files, drag with the pointer all the documents you are interested in joining together in the newly opened sidebar and move above or below the thumbnail of each added document to position in the order you think. more appropriate the various files.

Now, click on the File item located in the Preview menu bar and choose the Print… item. If you prefer keyboard shortcuts, you can quickly call up the print comodando using the keyboard shortcut cmd + P.

Once this is done, you will see a new window appear on your desktop. Then select the item Save as PDF from the PDF drop-down menu located at the bottom left, indicate the position in which you intend to save the document, type in the field located next to the item Save as the name you want to assign to your file unified and then click the Save button.

Merge PDFs for free on Linux

Also for computers equipped with Linux, and more precisely with Ubuntu, there is a tool that allows you to merge files in PDF format. This is  PDF Shuffler, a free application attached to the distro’s Software Center as well as on SourceForge.

To use it, install it immediately and then start the program, click on the + button  (plus symbol)  at the top left and choose the files to be merged. Then reorder the documents by clicking on their thumbnails and dragging them to the desired location, click on the hard disk icon and indicate the folder in which to export the output document. Done!

Online services to merge PDFs for free

As I told you at the beginning of the guide, there are also several services you can turn to merge PDFs for free. Those that in my humble opinion represent the best in the category are listed below.

These are tools that work from any web browser and do not require the installation of special plugins. In short, the only thing you need is an active and working Internet connection and a computer.


FoxyUtils is a very popular and appreciated web service to merge PDFs for free. It allows you to take action on an unlimited number of files per day and protects the documents that are uploaded by users through encryption. The only flaw, if we want to define it that way, is the fact that to use the service you need to register.

You ask me how to use it? I’ll explain it to you right away! To begin with, connected to the main page of the service, then drag the documents in PDF format that you want to merge into the box in the center of the page that says Drag the files to upload here or… . If you prefer to “manually” select the documents to edit, click on the Browse button and choose the PDFs from your computer. If, on the other hand, your documents are located in Dropbox or Google Drive, click on the respective buttons to upload them from there.

Once the upload is complete, click on the arrows located next to the name of the various documents to order them correctly or click on the icon with the three horizontal lines that you find to the left of the file names and, continuing to hold down, drag them to the desired position.

Then click on the Register button at the top right and type your e-mail address in the field on the right and then click on I register. If you do not want to receive promotional emails from the service, remember to remove the tick from the appropriate box before creating the account.

Now log into your mailbox, open the email sent to you by FoxyUtiles and click on the link inside to enable the account. Finally, type the password you want to use for your account in the new field on the screen, then click on the word PDF Tools at the top left, select Merge PDF and then press the Merge PDF buttonwhich is located below to start the procedure previously interrupted by which to merge your PDF files.

To conclude, click on the Download button to download the unified file on your computer or select the Send to button to send the document by e-mail, taking care to specify the reference e-mail in the appropriate field below and then click on Send.

PDF Candy

Another free online PDF merging service that I want to introduce to you is PDF Candy. It is free, has a nice user interface in Italian and does not impose particularly stringent limits as regards the maximum weight of the files and the number of documents that can be uploaded on a daily basis.

To use it, go to the main page of the service and drag the files you want to merge into the browser window. If necessary, you can also manually select the documents on which to intervene by clicking on + Add file or drag and drop it (*. Pdf) or, again, you can upload it from Google Drive or Dropbox by clicking on the relative icons.

Once the upload is complete, sort the pages of the files according to your needs by clicking on their preview and, continuing to keep pressed, dragging them to the correct position. Then complete the procedure by clicking on the Merge N file button (instead of N you will find the number of PDF files that the service will merge) and wait for the conversion to be completed.

To download the unified PDF on your computer, then click on the Download PDF files button or press the icons of the supported cloud storage services in order to save everything directly on the latter.


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