Auto-magically add a Table of Contents (TOC) to your PDF. Use powerful tools to quickly build and edit a TOC.

Use PDFOutliner to:
◇ Add a TOC to PDFs exported by
◇ Clean up messy TOC provided by PDF’s original publisher
◇ Organize multipage scanned documents in a PDF
◇ Build a TOC for a PDF built from scanned or OCR pages

What's New

Version 1.4

** New Application Icon
** Generates accurate TOC links on page
** Drag and drop PDF text directly into TOC hierarchy
** Drag and drop any target on PDF page to TOC
** Customizable toolbar with more icons & commands
** New manual on 7 ways to edit TOC in PDFOutliner
** PDF version compatibility checks
** App sandboxed, runs on OS X 10.6-10.8
** Bug fixes for moving TOC items using Option+arrow keys

Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5

42 Ratings

42 Ratings

Works great on El Capitan

Humble Vagabond

PDFOutliner works great on El Capitan even though version 1.4 has not been updated since October 2012.

PDFOutliner creates and edits the Table of Contents for PDFs. It does one thing and does it exceedlingly well! The splash screen help file is simple, direct and easy to understand. I was able to auto generate a 3-level TOC for a nine chapter, 200 page PDF in about five minutes after first opening PDFOutliner. The two automatic TOC generators, AutoTOC and MiniTOC, create separate TOC which are easy to hand edit, tweek, or merge. The manual drag-n-drop "Push Text” and "Solo Editing” features are equally intuitive. Thus far I’ve created the TOC for a dozen or so PDFs between 200 and 500 pages each without encountering any errors or crashs.

Install the 7-day trial version from the developer’s website for a free test drive. I did and promptly bought the paid version after completing my first TOC.

Good TOC tool with quirks


I needed to add a TOC to a PDF I was building, and couldn’t do it while I was generating the content, so PDFOutliner came in handy for me. I did note some quirks while adding TOC entries; the most annoying was that when entering the name of a TOC entry, all I saw was vertical bars for each character I typed, so I was typing blind. When done with entry, the name showed up normally, and re-editing worked as expected. Also, the page number would occasionally be off by one from the page I had highlighted. This was easy enough to fix, and I quickly learned to look at the page number it wanted to assign and change it while adding the TOC item.

Not as polished as I would like, but it does the job I need it to do and that was worth the price of the app.

Very good software!


If you need to add a Table of Contents to a PDF document you could not ask for a better piece of software to help get the job done. I was struggling to create a detailed TOC for a 1,500 page PDF. Once I found PDF Outliner, I had the job done in about 3 hours. I am impressed because:
1. It is very stable. No bugs or glitches in dealing with a very large file.
2. It is very easy to use. I breezed through the 8 page manual in just a few minutes and was off and running. I was actually off and running without reading the manual, but I was more effective once I took the time to actually understand the feature set. This is NOT complicated to use. Very intuitive.
3. Lots of nice subtle features that help make the job easier. Like big red page numbers on each page for quick reference (can be toggled off) and keyboard short cuts if you want to use them.

This is a great app that does one thing extremely well. So glad I found it.


Jose John
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Age Rating
Rated 4+
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