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Which PDF-Viewer would you recommend to use in Ubuntu?

At the moment I use the standard document viewer (Evince) but I'm missing features like stageless continous zooming.

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Here are some good PDF readers:

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Imho the list is useless without description what product has which benefit. For example xpdf loads pretty fast and allows to mark columnwise for copying content. –  user unknown Apr 7 '12 at 21:50

Try okular Install okular. It's a KDE/Qt application, and it has some of the most awesome features of any reader.

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It will also install a bunch of dependency of KDE..... –  Ravi Apr 17 '12 at 14:20
That's right, but if you have or plan to have other KDE apps (and there are good ones) they will be needed anyway. And okular is so much better than evince (what cannot be?) that it's worth it! –  ring0 May 31 '14 at 9:29

I'm going to mention some lesser-known options: MuPDF and Zathura.

These are not feature rich, but they are super-fast, lightweight, and keyboard-driven. It's hard to believe how fast MuPDF is.

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Unfortunately Linux "community" still didn't pick up MuPDF render engine to make fast and modern PDF viewer interface on top of it like Windows "community" did - SumatraPDF –  zetah Dec 16 '11 at 23:59
MuPDF is really fast! –  Chenming Zhang Mar 23 '14 at 15:30
I had to see how fast is MuPDF, and it is pretty much instant. Very impressive. Thanks for the suggestion. –  nana Nov 1 '14 at 19:41
MuPDF is the fastest, sumatrapdf is blazing fast. most pdf reader on linux are slow with the exception of xpdf which is moderately fast. –  Muhammad Annaqeeb Mar 16 at 16:19

In my opinion, qpdfview is the best PDF viewer for Ubuntu. Some of its attractive features are:

  • Fast opening of PDF files.
  • Great rendering of graphics.
  • Low memory consumption.
  • Tab browsing.
  • Annotations.
  • Support RTL (Right-to-Left) language with dual page view.

qpdfview is available via a Launchpad ppa.

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Google Chrome can render PDFs, has a zoom feature, and you might already have it installed.

I have seen some PDFs that give evince trouble (large sections of the document will be blacked out), but Chrome displays them just fine.

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It is also very fast on complex pdfs. –  spatialist Nov 6 '14 at 11:24
Beware! Chrome will let you fill out forms but won't actually save the data (unlike eg. Evince or qPDF). –  detly Dec 28 '14 at 9:03

Foxit 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.

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Very fast viewer which I am using on Windows desktops at university. –  Vincenzo Dec 22 '10 at 19:52
Not as good as windows version. –  user May 2 '11 at 12:07
Unfortunately the last version 1.1 (as of 2013-08-08) was released in 2009-08-13. foxitsoftware.com/company/… –  pabouk Aug 8 '13 at 10:50

Nobody mentioned wine + PDF-XChange Viewer? This is a great solution if you want to annotate pdf files under Linux. Detailed discussion can be found here.

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i use wine+foxit . that works great too. in my experience foxit handles annotations in some scanned+OCRred PDFs better. –  Abhishek Jun 19 '14 at 15:48

Try Adobe's own Adobe Reader 9

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Adobes acrobat is very good on linux though, it even has tabs! –  RolandiXor Dec 22 '10 at 15:19
It's incredibly, almost unbelievably slow. –  frabjous Dec 22 '10 at 21:51

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