Split a PDF into individual pages


Two ways to split a PDF file into individual pages.

So I needed to split a PDF into individual pages files. First I found this, and in 2022 it works great:

gs -sDEVICE=pdfwrite -dSAFER -o outname.%d.pdf input.pdf

Then I thought… why not Perl? With a little help from PDF::API2:

#!/usr/bin/env perl
use v5.24;
use warnings;
use PDF::API2;
use File::Basename 'basename';
my $ifile = shift or die "$0 <PDF file>\n";
my $ipdf = PDF::API2->open($ifile);
my $count = $ipdf->page_count;
my $digits = length $count;
for my $pi (1 .. $count) {
   my $ofile = sprintf "%s.%0${digits}d.pdf", basename($ifile), $pi;
   say {*STDERR} "$pi/$count -> $ofile";
   my $opdf = PDF::API2->new;
   $opdf->import_page($ipdf, $pi);

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