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pystitcher stitches your PDF files together, generating nice customizable bookmarks for you using a declarative input in the form of a markdown file. It is written in pure python and uses PyPDF3 for reading and writing PDF files.


You can install it easily using pipx:

pipx install pystitcher

The Wiki has Alternative Installation Instructions.


pystitcher is a command line tool, with very few cli options:

usage: pystitcher [-h] [--version] [-v] [--cleanup | --no-cleanup] output.pdf

Stitch PDF files together

positional arguments:              Input markdown file
  output.pdf            Output PDF file

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --version             show program's version number and exit
  -v, --verbose         log more things
  --cleanup, --no-cleanup
                        Delete temporary files (default: True)

Given this input:

existing_bookmarks: remove
title: Complete Guide to the Personal Data Protection Bill
author: Medianama
keywords: privacy, surveillance, personal data protection
subject: Personal Data Protection Bill
# A Complete Guide to the Personal Data Protection Bill

- [Cover](cover.pdf)

# The Bills

- [Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019](
- [Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018](

# Other key reading material

- [Srikrishna Committee Report](2.a.pdf)
- [Dvara Research's Personal Data Protection Bill](2.b.pdf)
- [MP Shashi Tharoor's Data Protection Bill](2.c.pdf)
- [MP Jay Panda's Data Protection Bill](2.d.pdf)
- [ bill](2.e.pdf)
- [TRAI recommendations on privacy](2.f1.pdf)
- [Comments on TRAI recommendations on privacy](2.f2.pdf)

Will generate a PDF with proper bookmarks:


And the correct metadata:

Title:          Complete Guide to the Personal Data Protection Bill
Subject:        Personal Data Protection Bill
Keywords:       privacy, surveillance, personal data protection
Author:         Medianama
Creator:        pystitcher/1.0.0
Producer:       pystitcher/1.0.0

Configuration options can be specified with Meta data at the top of the file.

Option Notes
fit Default fit of the bookmark. Can be overwritten per bookmark See wiki for more details.
author PDF Author
keywords PDF Keywords
subject PDF Subject
title PDF Title. If left unspecified, first Heading (h1) in the document is used.
existing_bookmarks What to do with existing bookmarks in individual files. Options are keep, flatten, and remove. See docs for more details.

Additionally, PDF links specified in markdown can have attributes to alter the PDFs before merging. The below attribute will rotate the second PDF file by 90 degrees clockwise before merging:

[Part 1](1.pdf)
[Part 2](2.pdf){: rotate="90"}

And the below attribute will merge only pages 2 to 5, both inclusive, from the second PDF file:

[Part 1](1.pdf)
[Part 2](2.pdf){: start=2 end=5}

The list of available attributes are:

Attribute Notes
rotate Rotate the PDF. Valid values are 90, 180, 270
start Start page number for PDF page selection
end End page number for PDF page selection


Additional documentation is maintained on the project wiki on GitHub.