# merging pdf files without keeping the pdf files in the same folder

I would like to merge some pdf files, for example, paper1 & paper2. But they are in some other folders. I just want to run the tex file without keeping the pdf files. Is there any way to do this?

• So you don't want to add anything, just merge the files into one? For this you can also just use The PDF Toolkit...
– Werner
Mar 2, 2016 at 7:17
• are you using \includepdf ? if so you can simply state the full location of each of the files, for instance \includepdf{c:\place\where\first\file\is\paper1.pdf} Mar 2, 2016 at 8:09

At least two options here:

1. Use The PDF Toolkit to merge the input PDFs into a single file.

From the examples page, you can merge in1.pdf and in2.pdf into a single out1.pdf:

pdftk in1.pdf in2.pdf cat output out1.pdf


The PDF Toolkit also provides a GUI for doing this.

2. pdfpages provides the capability to insert PDFs as-is in your document. Similar to the above example, you could use the following:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{pdfpages}
\begin{document}
\includepdf[pages=-]{in1}% in1.pdf
\includepdf[pages=-]{in2}% in2.pdf
\end{document}