Flyer Composer can be used to prepare one- or two-sided flyers for printing on one sheet of paper.

Imagine you have designed a flyer in A6 format and want to print it using your A4 printer. Of course, you want to print four flyers on each sheet. This is where Flyer Composer steps in, creating a PDF which holds your flyer four times. If you have a second page, Flyer Composer can arrange it the same way - even if the second page is in a separate PDF file.

This also work if your input file was designed for e.g. A2: it will simply be scaled down to A6 and placed four times in the sheet. And, of course, PDF Flyer Composer supports other flyer sizes or paper sizes, too.

This is much like pdfnup (or psnup), except that the same page is put the paper several times.

Flyer Composer contains two programs: a Qt-based GUI one (flyer-composer-gui) and a command line one (flyer-composer).


General Options

-h, --help

Show help message and exit


List available media and distance names and exit


Show help about specifying BOX for –media-size and –flyer-size and exit


Show program’s version number and exit

-n, --dry-run

Show what would have been done, but do not generate files.

Defining Input


First page of flyer (default: first page)


Back page of flyer (default: no back page)

-A, --art-box

Use the content area defined by the ArtBox (default: use the area defined by the TrimBox)

Defining Output

-f BOX, --flyer-size BOX

Specify the finished flyer size (defaults to media size).

-m BOX, --media-size BOX

Specify the page size of the output media (default: a4)

Box Definition

The BOX mentioned above is a specification of horizontal and vertical size. The syntax is as follows (with multiplier being specified optionally):

box = [ multiplier ] unit

multiplier = number “x” number

unit = medianame or distancename

Many international media names are recognised by the program, in upper and lower case, and can be shortened to their first few characters, as long as unique. For instance ‘A0’, ‘Let’. Distance names are like ‘cm’, ‘inch’, ‘ft’.

Medias are typically not quadratic but rectangular, which means width and height differ. Thus using media names is a bit tricky:


obvious: 10 cm x 20 cm (portrait)


same as 10x20cm, since all boxes are rotated to portrait format

Now when using media names it gets tricky:


same as approx. 21x29cm (21 cm x 29 cm, portrait)


same as approx. 21x58cm (21 cm x 58 cm, portrait)

This are two a4 pages put together at the small side: One portrait page wide and two portrait pages high.


same as approx. 42x29cm, which is rotated to portrait and is (approx.) the same as 29x42cm (29 cm x 42 cm)

This are two a4 pages put together at the long side: Two portrait pages wide and one portrait page high.