I would like to include pages from two different PDF files on a single page, side by side (possibly using nup=2x2). Presently, there is a page ejected before each \includepdf.


Simply use \includepdfmerge instead of \includepdf. It inserts pages of several external PDF documents. It should allow nup=2x2 as part of its options.

From the pdfpages manual, page 8:


  • <key=val> -- A comma separated list of options using the <key>=<value> syntax.
  • <file-page-list> -- <filename>[,<page spec>][,<file-page-list>]
    A comma separated list of filenames and optional <page spec> specifiers. A <page spec> can be everything the option pages accepts. Leading and trailing spaces of items in the list is stripped.

So if you want to have pages X till Y from A.pdf and pages Z till V from B.pdf in a 2x2 grid use:




Will first use pages 1 and 2 of A.pdf and then pages 1 and 2 from B.pdf in a 2x2 grid.

Guessing from your example code in your comment I guess you need the following:


(I broke it over several lines for readability, which is not required in your document.)

  • @victor: Glad I could help you. Note that you can accept the answer which helped you most by clicking on the check-mark at the top left of the answer, just below of the voting arrows. Don't forget to up-vote all good answers, too. – Martin Scharrer Apr 18 '12 at 16:58

When using \includegraphics, you can specify page=<n> and only include that specific page of the multi-page document. So, for example, you could use

\includegraphics[page= 5,width=.5\textwidth]{file2}%

to include page 20 of file1.pdf and page 5 of file2.pdf side-by-side.

  • No this does not work either, I get each page of my pdf on a separate output page \section{Fracture} \includepdf[pages={34-40},nup=2x2,frame,frame,landscape]{c:/Victor/Research/Presentations/Beamer-Presentations/Dam-Nonlinear.pdf} \noindent \includepdf[pages={1},width=0.4\linewidth,frame]{c:/Victor/Research/Pdf-Library/Saouma/ASCE-Cyclic-Joint-Model.pdf} \includepdf[pages={1},width=0.4\linewidth,frame]{c:/Victor/Research/Pdf-Library/Saouma/ASCE-Cyclic-Joint-Test.pdf} – victor Apr 18 '12 at 16:40
  • That is the way to go if you only have two pages you want to include side-by-side, but it seems the OP wants to have several more pages from different PDFs in a 2x2 matrix. – Martin Scharrer Apr 18 '12 at 16:50
  • @victor: Note that I'm using \includegraphics and not \includepdf. Mine (the former) would work for a page-by-page inclusion. Anything bigger and Martin's answer is better-suited. – Werner Apr 18 '12 at 16:53
  • Werner, @victor: Just to point it out: \includepdf (and \includepdfmerge) uses \includegraphics internally and will pass all other options along to it. – Martin Scharrer Apr 18 '12 at 16:56

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