Append/concatenate multiple PDF files into a single file using Ghostscript.
Updated 8 Jul 2014

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This function appends multiple PDF files to an existing PDF file, or concatenates them into a PDF file if the output file doesn't yet exist. This can be much faster than appending PDFs one at at time.
This function requires that you have ghostscript installed on your system. Ghostscript can be downloaded from:

It also includes code from the export_fig package to interface with Ghostcript.

This function is now included in the export_fig package:
The version here will not be maintained.

Cite As

Oliver Woodford (2024). append_pdfs (, MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

MATLAB Release Compatibility
Created with R2010b
Compatible with any release
Platform Compatibility
Windows macOS Linux

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Version Published Release Notes

Update description as added to export_fig package

Added more syntax examples.

Improve quality of bitmaps. Thanks to Martin Wittmann for pointing out the issue.

Fixed bug affecting long commands. Thanks to Michael Teo for reporting it.

Bug fix to ghostscript.m mostly affecting Linux (thanks to Paul Durack for reporting it).