How to merge PDFs and add bookmarks?

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I am merging multiple PDFs together into one PDF and I need to build bookmarks for the final PDF. For example, I have three PDFs: doc1.pdf, doc2.pdf and doc3.pdf, doc1 and doc2 belong to Group1, doc3 belongs to Group2. I need to merge them and have to build nested bookmarks for the resulting PDFs like this:

Group1 
    doc1  
    doc2  
Group2 
    doc3

Posted on StackOverflow on May 15, 2014 by user3642526

I've made a MergeWithOutlines example that concatenates three existing PDFs using PdfCopy (I assume that you already know that part).

While doing so, I create an outlines object like this:

ArrayList<HashMap<String, Object>> outlines = new ArrayList<HashMap<String, Object>>();

and I add elements to this outlines object:

HashMap<String, Object> helloworld = new HashMap<String, Object>();
helloworld.put("Title", "Hello World");
helloworld.put("Action", "GoTo");
helloworld.put("Page", String.format("%d Fit", page));
outlines.add(helloworld);

When I want some hierachy, I introduce kids:

ArrayList<HashMap<String, Object>> kids = new ArrayList<HashMap<String, Object>>();
HashMap<String, Object> link1 = new HashMap<String, Object>();
link1.put("Title", "link1");
link1.put("Action", "GoTo");
link1.put("Page", String.format("%d Fit", page));
kids.add(link1);
helloworld.put("Kids", kids);

If you want an entry without a link, remove the lines that put an Action and a Page.

Once you're finished, add the outlines to the copy object:

copy.setOutlines(outlines);

Look at the resulting PDF and you'll see the outlines in the bookmarks panel.