How to collate a set of .tiff files to a .pdf file using PDFtk?

Siddharth V December 31, 2013

I have a windows 7 on my laptop.

I know that PDFtk server runs from the command prompt in Windows 7.

Using the command prompt, I accessed the relevant directory in E: using “cd\”. Somebody told me that what I need to do is type:

pdftk (and press Enter)
convert *.tiff output.pdf (& press Enter)

But, I see the following error:

Invalid Parameter — output.pdf

Please explain in detail as I don’t know much about this topic.

  1. Oron J
    January 2, 2014 at 11:08 am

    If you want to convert your images from the command line then imagemagick or irfanview are better ways to go (as Jan points out, PDFtk only deals with PDFs).

    If you're happy to use tools from the command line, try PDFill PDF Tools (free) which you can download from There's also a GUI version of PDFtk called PDFtk Builder, but as it's based on the same toolkit, it still won't allow you to convert your tiffs to PDFs...

    • Siddharth V
      January 2, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks buddy!

  2. Jan F
    December 31, 2013 at 10:07 pm

    PDFtk is a pdf manipulation kit, it doesn't convert file types, it doesn't even have a "convert" parameter

    first you need e.g. imagemagick to convert the tiff files into single pdfs
    then you can use PDFtk to join them into a single pdf

    • Siddharth V
      January 2, 2014 at 8:43 pm

      Thanks buddy!