How to Split PDF into Multiple Files on Mac, Even Large PDFs

Rosa Reyes
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We are much likely to work on PDF files, because it is the prevailing file format with high security and versatility to present digital contents. However, when we encounter large PDFs or need to assign specific pages of a PDF to different members for collaboration, we will have to split PDF pages.

This article will introduce 4 ways to split PDF pages on Mac. We will learn how to split PDF into individual or multiple files with PDFMaster, Preview, Automator or free mac PDF splitters, even if you are splitting a large or dozens-of-page PDFs.

Easiest Way to Split Large PDFs to Multiple Files on Mac

PDF splitting or combing are basic PDF editing tasks. If you need split PDF pages, or organize and manage PDF pages very often, a PDF toolkit containing all necessary PDF tools will be greatly helpful, such as PDFMaster.

PDFMaster is a mac PDF toolkit, offering users v8 PDF tools to handle their PDFs: PDF Convert, PDF Create, PDF Compress, PDF Edit, PDF Merge, PDF Encrypt, PDF Split, PDF Decrypt.

With PDFMaster PDF Split tool, users can quickly split a PDF into multiple files by equal page quantity or by specific page range, for example, you can split a 25-page PDF to 5 PDF files, each has 5 pages, or you can split a 25-pages PDF to several PDF files, one contains pages from page 1 to page 10, one contains page 11 only…, just as you need.

Main Features of PDFMaster

  • Convert both native and scanned PDF to 10+ formats
  • Create PDF from 10+ file formats
  • Markup and annotate PDF with ease
  • Compress PDF in batch
  • Split PDF into multiple files
  • Merge multiple PDFs into one
  • Lock PDF with user/owner password
  • Unlock PDFs quickly

How to Split (Large) PDF Pages on Mac?

  1. Download and install Cisdem PDFMaster to your Mac. Run it.
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  2. Go to PDF Split.split pdf mac pdfmaster 01
  3. Delete or rotate PDF pages if necessary.split pdf mac pdfmaster 02
  4. Click Save and adjust the splitting settings.split pdf mac pdfmaster 03
  5. Click the “Convert” button to split PDF pages on Mac.

Split PDF Pages on Mac with Preview

Preview is the built-in tool to open, view, markup and organize PDF pages on macOS. There is no Split tool in Preview, but you can still use Preview to split PDF pages. However, you can only split a PDF by specific page range, in other words, Preview allows splitting a PDF into another PDF with manually selected PDF pages only.

  1. Open the PDF file in Preview.
  2. Select the thumbnails of pages you want to split on mac. It can be single page or multiple pages.split pdf preview 01
  3. Drag and drop the thumbnails of selected PDF pages to your desktop or a folder. Your PDF will be partially split.
  4. Then choose other pages, drag and drop to output folder to finish the splitting.split pdf preview 02

Split A PDF into Individual Pages on Mac with Automator

Another way to split PDF pages on Mac for free is using Automator, it helps split multiple PDF files efficiently with a created workflow, however, you can only split a PDF into individual pages on Mac with Automator, that’s to say, your PDF file will be split into one-page PDF files.

  1. Go to Finder>Applications, open Automator app.
  2. Click on Workflow>Choose.split pdf automator 01
  3. Go to Library>Files & Folders>Ask for Finder Items, drag and drop Ask for Finder Items to right window and adjust the settings.split pdf automator 02
  4. Go to Library>PDFs>Split PDF, drag and drop Split PDF to the right window and adjust the settings.split pdf automator 03
  5. Click the Run button on the top.
  6. Navigate to the PDF file you want to split, click Choose to split PDF pages.split pdf automator 04
  7. To split another PDF, click the Run button again and find the PDF for splitting.

Free PDF Splitter for Mac

Also, there are 3rd party free PDF splitter tools for Mac users. You can use web browser or online free service to split your PDFs.

#1 Google Chrome

Most of web browsers supporting reading PDFs, including Google Chrome. You can use the Print function to split a PDF file, it allows splitting odd pages only, even pages only or pages of custom page range.

  1. Open a new tab in Google Chrome, drag and drop the PDF file to the tab for opening.
  2. Click on Print button.split pdf online 01
  3. Choose the page range you want to split. Then click Save to split PDF pages.split pdf online 02

#2 ilovepdf

ilovepdf is an online free PDF toolkit offering rich features: split, merge, compress, convert, protect, unlock, organize and edit PDFs. With its Split PDF tool, you can split PDF pages into multiple files by custom range or by fixed ranges. But, it may take some time to upload and download your files, especially for large PDFs. 

  1. Go to ilovepdf.com/split_pdf.
  2. Click on Select PDF file to add your files.split pdf online 03
  3. Choose Split by range, pick Custom ranges or Fixed ranges, then add the ranges to split your PDF to multiple files.split pdf online 04
  4. Click on Split PDF.
  5. Download the split PDF files to your Mac.

Conclusion

We have many more options to split a PDF file, each option offers different settings to split PDF pages. If you work on PDFs very often, install a professional toolkit like Cisdem PDFMaster on your mac for more PDF tasks. In the case that you prefer web tools for PDF splitting, don’t update confidential and private PDF files, it may bring potential risks of information leakage since it requires uploading your files to a 3rd party server.

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Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.

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  • katt

    Oh really, a tool combining so many functions. Thanks for giving a free trial.

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