4 Ways to Convert DjVu to PDF on Mac (Update to OS Big Sur)

Peter William
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Years have passed, DjVu to PDF on mac is still a hot topic on different forum platforms, including Quora, a simply compiled answer for such a question can even gets large views.

Therefore, today we are going to introduce 4 ways to convert DjVu to PDF on mac, for macOS 11 Big Sur and earlier versions. You can choose a professional DjVu to PDF converter for mac to get high quality conversion, or download free mac DjVu to PDF software, even, you can do the conversions without installing any software.

Why Convert DjVu to PDF on Mac?

DjVu format designed to store scanned books in electronic form. Admittedly, it has some features that are really advantageous while using it on the website. But on occasion you might want the PDF file format due to some reasons. The reason may be different among you but in my opinion, you should go for converting DjVu files to PDF because of:

  • DjVu is mainly used for scanned documents and ebooks. It's similar with PDF. However this format files are in high resolution but low file size. Therefore, DjVu file format is not as popular as PDF. If you want to share a DjVu file, you'd better transform DjVu to PDF, which is more user-friendly.
  • DjVu format has some shortcomings, such as quality loss, restricted usage and the necessity of using separated programs or plugins. Compared with DjVu, PDF format is more popular, secure, and convenient for interactivity & compression.
  • DjVu is not widely distributed, and not allows you to view its files on Mac. But we can open PDF files on Mac with built-in application Preview. Besides, there are tons of programs that can view PDF files on Mac in App Store. 


Best DjVu to PDF Converter for Mac (Keep Quality)

Though there are online and offline free DjVu to PDF converters designed for this purpose, a number of mac users are still looking for a professional assistant to do the job. Cisdem Document Reader is a specialist in this field to view and convert DjVu files into best quality PDF with original layout and quality preserved. 

Besides, with Document Reader you can view and convert multiple windows-based file formats, like WordPerfect, WPS, XPS, OXPS, Visio, Winmail.dat. Of course, its PDF viewer is open free to all mac users. Still, there are extended features offered: print, navigate, zoom, rotate, bookmark, print, export, search, etc.

Steps to Convert DjVu to PDF on Mac with Good Quality

Step 1Free download and launch Cisdem DocumentReader on your Mac.

First of all, you should click the "Free Download" button or the hyperlink to download. After finishing this, you need to install it on your Mac and run it.

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Step 2Import DjVu file on Mac.

Click "Open File" or drag and drop DjVu file directly to the window. Afterwards, DjVu file will be opened for a second.

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Step 3Export DjVu file on Mac.

Click "Export" button as following;

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Step 4Convert DjVu to PDF on Mac.

Choose output format as PDF, also rename the file or specify the conversion pages. Then click Save and start converting your DjVu to PDF on mac.

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Also, you can choose to print DjVu to PDF on mac with Cisdem Document Reader: Import file by drag & drop>Click Print>Choose Save as PDF>Click Print.

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Check out the video tutorial as following:


Convert DjVu to PDF Online Free without Software

And we have to admit, free online converter is very handy solution to convert simple DjVu file to PDF on Mac. Djvu2pdf is what I recommend. It's an online converter, which can convert PDF to DOC, DOCX, Text, JPG, PNG formats and so on. Likewise, it can convert text documents, presentations, spreadsheets, images and DjVu to PDF format. 

Steps to Convert DjVu to PDF Mac Online Free without Software

  1. Go to djvu2pdf;
  2. Once the uploading finishes, the DjVu to PDF conversion starts automatically, then click "Download All" and save the PDF files to your mac;djvu to pdf mac online


  • Take time to upload and convert;
  • Quality is lost to some extent;
  • Potential risk of information leakage;


Free DjVu to PDF Converter for Mac (2 Tools)

Some software developers are generous, they give out professional programs for free. And there are 2 free DjVu to PDF converters for mac deserve a try, if you haven’t decided to pay for a high-quality one.

#1 Calibre

Calibre is one of the most popular open source to manage ebooks, it allows users to view, download, share and edit virtually all kinds of ebooks. The good news is, it also helps view and convert DjVu files, and batch conversion is supported.

Steps to Convert DjVu to PDF on Mac Free with Calibre

  1. Download and install Calibre to your mac;
  2. Drag and drop DjVu files to the program;calibre djvu to pdf mac 01
  3. Click Convert books, choose convert individually or convert bulk;calibre djvu to pdf mac02
  4. Choose output as PDF or customize the output settings as needed;calibre djvu to pdf mac03
  5. Then find the PDF output in your Calibre Library or other selected path;calibre djvu to pdf mac 04


  • Slow to convert DjVu files;
  • Need manually adjust the conversion errors;
  • No formatting is retained;calibre result

#2 DjVuLibre

Another mac free DjVu to PDF converter is DjVuLibre from SourceForge, it combines a DjVu viewer and a converter to make DjVu files can be easily accessed to.

Steps to Convert DjVu to PDF on Mac Free with DjVuLibre

  1. Download and install DjVuLibre on SourceForge;
  2. Drag and drop DjVu file to the program;djvulibre djvu to pdf mac01
  3. Go to File>Export As;djvulibre djvu to pdf mac02
  4. Choose output as PDF and adjust the options;djvulibre djvu to pdf mac03
  5. Then click OK to convert DjVu to PDF on mac for free.


  • Take time to load DjVu files;
  • Fail to load DjVu files by drag and drop sometimes;
  • Quality is scarified in PDF output;


Extended: Convert DjVu to PDF OCR Mac

As we mentioned in the first part, DjVu are basically scanned files and image-based, what if you want to make your DjVu files to searchable/editable PDF with OCR on mac? Here we will guide you how to convert DjVu to PDF OCR on mac.

Steps to Convert DjVu to PDF OCR on Mac

  1. Convert DjVu to PDF with any one DjVu to PDF converters listed as above;
  2. Download and install Cisdem PDF Converter OCR;
  3. Drag and drop PDF files exported from your DjVu files to the program;djvu to pdf ocr mac01
  4. Turn OCR button ON, choose output as searchable PDF, Word or others;convert djvu to pdf ocr mac 02
  5. Click “Convert” to start DjVu to PDF OCR on mac;


Can I Convert DjVu to PDF with Mac Terminal?

No, you cannot directly convert DjVu to PDF on mac with Terminal, also, you are not recommended to do so.

You may have noticed that there is a solution to convert DjVu to PDF on mac with the aid of Terminal in some forums. In fact, Terminal doesn’t support directly convert DjVu to PDF on mac, you will have to utilize extra program and Terminal to finish such a conversion, which is time-consuming and requires command basics. So, why not turn to a professional converter for easy job?

So, which Mac DjVu to PDF converter you will pick in your case, and what your idea about convert DjVu to PDF with OCR on mac, have you tried to OCR before?

Peter William
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  • Rasmus

    Perfect application! It has saved me lots of time. THANK YOU!

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  • Chasingcarz

    Wow! After installation, it's able to convert djvu to pdf easily. Worked very well and quickly. So impressive!

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  • Morgan

    This app is great. Has a lot of the small features other file converter don't. Very useful when saving djvu file to pdf on my Mac.

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  • Kenneth

    Brilliant! This is exactly what I was looking for.

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