It seems the Ubuntu 14.04 repository contains a version of swftools without pdf2swf--see https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/trusty/+package/swftools

This package does not include pdf2swf and avi2swf

How do I get pdf2swf installed on Ubuntu 14.04

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You can try installing an older version of swftools which supports pdf2swf. For example .8.1-1 This version contains pdf2swf but check if it is compatible with ubuntu 14.04.



This will install pdf2swf on Ubuntu 14.04:

# See: http://fcorti.com/2014/10/13/how-to-install-alfresco-5-0-ubuntu-14-04-lts/
sudo apt-get -y install libjpeg62 libgif4
sudo apt-get -y install libart-2.0-2
wget -P /tmp/ http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu/pool/partner/s/swftools/swftools_0.9.0-0ubuntu2_amd64.deb
chmod a+x /tmp/swftools_0.9.0-0ubuntu2_amd64.deb
sudo dpkg -i /tmp/swftools_0.9.0-0ubuntu2_amd64.deb

It will then be available at /usr/bin/pdf2swf.

Earlier attempt - does not work properly:

Thanks to the comment by @user229534 above, I managed to install pdf2swf on Ubuntu 14.04 using:

apt-get -y install libart-2.0-2 libjpeg62 libt1-5       # Manually-resolve dependencies for swftools_0.8.1
wget -P /tmp/ http://launchpadlibrarian.net/11111323/swftools_0.8.1-1ubuntu1_amd64.deb
dpkg -i /tmp/swftools_0.8.1-1ubuntu1_amd64.deb
rm /tmp/swftools_0.8.1-1ubuntu1_amd64.deb

However, this method gives errors 'rfxswf: Warning: num_bits overflow in swf_SetRect' when converting some PDFs. So use the first method above instead.

  • Thank-you! Needed this on 16.04 for a legacy project. Compiling from source was not working. Above works great!
    – brian_d
    Sep 22, 2017 at 3:56

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