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I want to open pdf files from within the virtual console and view them in the console itself. Are there any applications that allow that ?

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Use the following

less your_pdf_file.pdf
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You might have to do eval "$(lesspipe)" first, though IIRC that's done by default in Ubuntu. – nyuszika7h Nov 5 '14 at 14:38

You can use fbi to view pdfs which contain graphics. Here is a brief description of fbi taken from it's man page:

    fbi  displays  the  specified  file(s)  on  the linux console using the
    framebuffer device.  PhotoCD, jpeg, ppm, gif, tiff, xwd,  bmp  and  png
    are  supported  directly.  For other formats fbi tries to use ImageMag‐
    ick’s convert.  

To install, use sudo apt-get install fbi.
To open a pdf using fbi just type fbi file.pdf in your tty.

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fbi is awesome! Thank you! – Geppettvs D'Constanzo Feb 28 '13 at 16:26

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