Split PDF files using PDFSharp

Rajnilari2015
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PDFsharp is the Open Source library that creates PDF documents from any .NET language. In this article, we will look into how to use the PDFsharp library for splitting a single PDF file into multiple PDF files.


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Introduction

PDFsharp is the Open Source library that creates PDF documents from any .NET language. In this article, we will look into how to use the PDFsharp library for splitting a single PDF file into multiple PDF files.

Step by Step Explanation

Fire up a console application and from Nuget Package Console issue

Install-Package PdfSharp -Version 1.32.3057

Now let's say we have a pdf file as

We need to split it into individual parts by pages. The below program will do so.

using PdfSharp.Pdf;
using PdfSharp.Pdf.IO;
using System.IO;

namespace ConsoleApplication1
{
    class Program
    {
        // Output Folder
        static string outputFolder = @"D:\PDFSplit\Example\outputFolder";

        static void Main(string[] args)
        {
            // Input Folder
            var inputFolder = @"D:\PDFSplit\Example\inputFolder";           

            // Input File name
            var inputPDFFileName = "sample.pdf";

            // Input file path
            string inputPDFFilePath = Path.Combine(inputFolder, inputPDFFileName);

            // Open the input file in Import Mode
            PdfDocument inputPDFFile = PdfReader.Open(inputPDFFilePath, PdfDocumentOpenMode.Import);

            //Get the total pages in the PDF
            var totalPagesInInputPDFFile = inputPDFFile.PageCount;

            while(totalPagesInInputPDFFile !=0)
            {
                //Create an instance of the PDF document in memory
                PdfDocument outputPDFDocument = new PdfDocument();
               
                // Add a specific page to the PdfDocument instance
                outputPDFDocument.AddPage(inputPDFFile.Pages[totalPagesInInputPDFFile-1]);

                //save the PDF document
                SaveOutputPDF(outputPDFDocument, totalPagesInInputPDFFile);
                
                totalPagesInInputPDFFile--;
            }           
        }

        private static void SaveOutputPDF(PdfDocument outputPDFDocument,int pageNo)
        {
            // Output file path
            string outputPDFFilePath = Path.Combine(outputFolder, pageNo.ToString() + ".pdf"); 

            //Save the document
            outputPDFDocument.Save(outputPDFFilePath);
        }
    }
}

At first we are opening the input file in the Import Mode.A PDF document opened in this mode cannot be modified.

PdfDocument inputPDFFile = PdfReader.Open(inputPDFFilePath, PdfDocumentOpenMode.Import);

Next we are looping through the entire PDF documents pages by pages and for every iteration, creating a new instance of the PdfDocument in memory and inserting the specific page to the PdfDocument class via the AddPage method.

//Create an instance of the PDF document in memory
PdfDocument outputPDFDocument = new PdfDocument();

// Add a specific page to the PdfDocument instance
outputPDFDocument.AddPage(inputPDFFile.Pages[totalPagesInInputPDFFile-1]);

Finally we are saving the splitted document.

private static void SaveOutputPDF(PdfDocument outputPDFDocument,int pageNo)
{
    // Output file path
    string outputPDFFilePath = Path.Combine(outputFolder, pageNo.ToString() + ".pdf"); 

    //Save the document
    outputPDFDocument.Save(outputPDFFilePath);
}

The resultant output will be

References

PDFSharp

Conclusion

This article taught us how to split a single PDF file into multiple pdf files using PDFSharp. Hope this will be helpful. Thanks for reading. Zipped file is attached herewith.

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