How to superimpose pages from existing documents into another document?

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I need to add existing pages from different PDFs under an existing page in another PDF. This is the code I have so far:

PdfReader reader = new PdfReader(SRC);
PdfStamper stamper = new PdfStamper(reader, new FileOutputStream(DEST));
PdfContentByte canvas = stamper.getUnderContent(1);
PdfReader r;
PdfImportedPage page;
for (String path : EXTRA) {
    r = new PdfReader(path);
    page = stamper.getImportedPage(r, 1);
    canvas.addTemplate(page, 0, 0);
However, I always get the following error:

Exception in thread "main" RandomAccessSource not opened

How can I solve this problem?

Posted on StackOverflow on Nov 7, 2015 by Nitesh Virani

Please take a look at the SuperImpose example. In iText 7 your code should look like this:

public static final String DEST =
public static final String[] EXTRA = {
public static final String SRC =
public void manipulatePdf(String src, String[] extra, String dest) throws IOException {
    PdfDocument pdfDoc = new PdfDocument(new PdfReader(src), new PdfWriter(dest));
    PdfDocument srcDoc;
    PdfFormXObject page;
    PdfCanvas canvas = new PdfCanvas(pdfDoc.getFirstPage().newContentStreamBefore(),
            pdfDoc.getFirstPage().getResources(), pdfDoc);
    for (String path : extra) {
        srcDoc = new PdfDocument(new PdfReader(path));
        page = srcDoc.getFirstPage().copyAsFormXObject(pdfDoc);
        canvas.addXObject(page, 0, 0);

Take a note that there are no PdfContentByte and PdfImportedPage classes anymore. We use PdfCanvas to get the content stream and PdfFormXObject to extract a page using copyAsFormXObject() method. I always add new pages to page 1 of the main document. If you want to add them to different pages, you need to create the canvas object inside the loop.

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