Do you want to edit and change the content of a PDF file on Linux? You can do this with LibreOffice Draw.

You may have encountered PDF files while sharing or viewing digital documents. But do you know that you can easily edit these files on your Linux computer? This guide will show you how to edit and create PDF files using the LibreOffice suite, a free, open source office suite alternative to Microsoft Office.

What is LibreOffice?

LibreOffice is an open source office software suite mainly composed of LibreOffice Draw, LibreOffice Writer, and LibreOffice Calc. With LibreOffice, you can edit and create PDF documents, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, etc.

Most Linux distributions like Ubuntu use LibreOffice as their standard office suite. Many other distributions also prefer OpenOffice. The LibreOffice suite is also available on other popular operating systems such as Windows and MacOS.

More information: LibreOffice vs. OpenOffice: Which Should You Choose?

Editing a PDF document with LibreOffice

LibreOffice Draw is the standard application in the LibreOffice suite for editing PDF documents.

To open a PDF document in LibreOffice Draw, just start the application and go to in the menu bar file > to open Then select the PDF document that you want to edit. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + O. In LibreOffice Draw, select the document that you want to open.

Below is a sample PDF document opened with LibreOffice Draw.

If you don't have LibreOffice installed on your computer, you can simply download and install it from the official website.

Download: LibreOffice

Adding text to the document

To add more text to the document, just click where you want to add text to the document and start typing.

Remember that the pages in your document will appear in the left pane. So make sure you select the right side that you want to make changes to.

To add a new page to the document, right-click the left pane where the pages appear, then select New page as in the picture below.

Inserting content into your document

Most documents are rarely just text. Therefore, PDF files often contain charts, tables, and other diagrams.

To add content to your document, click Insert Click the button on the menu bar, then select the type of content you want to insert, such as: B. a table, a picture, a diagram, a comment or even a video clip. In the following illustration, a diagram has been inserted into a PDF document.

If you click on the diagram, you will be presented with more formatting and editing options.

Save document

To save the changes you made in the PDF document, click file > Export as Option and then select the Export as PDF Button.

Note: If you use that Save as Button, LibreOffice Draw uses the .odg File format for saving your document.

Create a PDF document

If you want to create a PDF document, click File> New and then choose the Text document Button. LibreOffice uses LibreOffice Writer as the default application to create the document.

When you have finished editing the document, you can save the file by clicking File> Export As Option and then select the Export as PDF Button.

Related: LibreOffice Writer: The Ultimate Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

Create and edit PDF files with LibreOffice Suite

In this guide you will learn how to edit and create PDF documents with the LibreOffice suite. Although we used LibreOffice in Ubuntu Linux for this guide, you can download the suite in almost any other Linux operating system.

As with most Linux applications, there are other great alternatives for editing PDF documents in addition to LibreOffice Draw.

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About the author

Mwiza Kumwenda
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Mwiza is a professional developer of software and writes extensively on Linux and front-end programming. Some of his interests include history, economics, politics, and enterprise architecture.

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