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Best PDF reader for Linux


Looking for PDF Reader for Ubuntu? Well, I have a list for you to choose, please comment on which one you like the most


1. Foxit Reader for desktop Linux


Foxit Reader is a free PDF document viewer for the Linux platform, with a new streamlined interface, user-customized toolbar, incredibly small size, breezing-fast launch speed and rich features. This empowers PDF document users with Zoom function, Navigation function, Bookmarks, Thumbnails, Text Selection Tool, Snapshot, and Full Screen capabilities. Foxit Reader for Desktop Linux is provided by Foxit Corporation free for non-commercial use.





2. Adobe Reader for Linux


Well, the famous one  🙂





3. Evince


Evince is a document viewer for PDF, PostScript, DjVu, TIFF and DVI designed for the GNOME desktop environment.


Packed with Gnome since Gnome 2.12, The developers of Evince intended to replace the multiple GNOME document viewers with a single and simple application. The Evince motto sums up the project aim: "Simply a Document Viewer"




4. Okular


Okular is a universal document viewer based on KPDF for KDE 4. This means Okular works on multiple platforms, including but not limited to Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, *BSD, etc.

The last stable release is Okular 0.11, shipped in the kdegraphics module of KDE SC 4.5






5. ePDFView


ePDFView is a  free lightweight PDF document viewer using  Poppler and  GTK+ libraries.

The aim of ePDFView is to make a simple PDF document viewer, in the lines of  Evince but without using the  Gnome libraries.






Xpdf is an open source viewer for Portable Document Format (PDF) files. (These are also sometimes also called ‘Acrobat’ files, from the name of Adobe’s PDF software.) The Xpdf project also includes a PDF text extractor, PDF-to-PostScript converter, and various other utilities.

Xpdf runs under the X Window System on UNIX, VMS, and OS/2. The non-X components (pdftops, pdftotext, etc.) also run on Win32 systems and should run on pretty much any system with a decent C++ compiler.






KPDF is a pdf viewer based on xpdf for KDE.
Being targeted to home users it has some very unique features to enhance your reading pleasure in addition of doing everything you can expect from it.




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  1. John

    Thanks for the review. I’ve just tried Foxit Reader on Ubuntu 11.10 and sadly it is not as feature rich as the Windows version. In particular, I cannot add bookmarks, which negates its use for me.

  2. Mark A. Davis

    The absolute best PDF software that I’ve found for Linux is PDF Studio 8 Pro. It truly is the equivalent of Adobe Acrobat Pro. It’s rich with features, and I challenge anyone to find a better PDF Viewer/Editor for Linux. I have it on my Ubuntu 12.04 LTS desktop, and wouldn’t use anything else! Take advantage of the free trial and see for yourself!

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