Ubuntu – Create fillable or editable fields in a PDF


I wonder how to create fillable forms in a PDF, such as this one. I would like to fill out the places that are required to fill out.

Best Answer

I believe OpenOffice Writer can create fillable PDFs, though it may be lacking some features that you may be looking for such as emailing the output.

The basics are:

  1. Create a new OO Writer document
  2. Enable the Forms toolbar: View → Toolbars → Form Controls
  3. Create your form
  4. Export as a PDF

Here's a detailed tutorial:


In order to add form fields to an existing PDF, you can install the pdf importer extension for OO writer:

sudo apt-get install libreoffice-pdfimport

I just tested that and it works fine with LibreOffice 3.

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