How to convert tiff files to pdf format on Linux

TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) is a popular image file format. Unlike other types of image files, a tiff file can contain multiple images (e.g., multi-page document scan) in it. Tiff editor software such as GIMP is able to support such multi-page tiff files. If you would like to convert a tiff file to pdf format on Linux, you can follow the instructions below.

A simple way to convert a tiff image to a pdf document is to use a command-line utility called tiff2pdf.

In order to install tiff2pdf on Debian or Ubuntu:

$ sudo apt-get install ghostscript libtiff-tools

In order to install tiff2pdf on CentOS or RedHat:

$ sudo yum install ghostscript libtiff

In order to install tiff2pdf on Fedora:

$ sudo yum install ghostscript libtiff-tools

If you have installed tiff2pdf, you can convert a tiff image to pdf format as follows.

$ tiff2pdf -o output.pdf input.tiff

If you would like to extract specific pages from a tiff image and convert them into a pdf file, what you can do is to convert the whole tiff file into a pdf using the above method, and then edit the pdf file to your needs.


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4 thoughts on “How to convert tiff files to pdf format on Linux

    • To convert pdf to tiff format, you can use ghostscript:

      $ sudo apt-get install ghostscript (Ubuntu or Debian)
      $ sudo yum install ghostscript (CentOS, Fedora or RHEL)

      $ gs -dNOPAUSE -q -g300x300 -sDEVICE=tiffg4 -dBATCH -sOutputFile=output.tif input.pdf

  1. Hey there. It looks like tiff2pdf was moved into libtiff-tools - I am running Fedora 17.

    *** yum provides '**tiff2pdf'
    libtiff-tools-3.9.7-1.fc17.x86_64 : Command-line utility programs for manipulating TIFF files
    Repo : @updates
    Matched from:
    Filename : /usr/bin/tiff2pdf

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