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On Ubuntu 10.10 I would like to change my default pdf viewer to acroread.

I do not have sudo privilidges, so I want to make this change for my own user only. Acroread is already installed.

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Does Right Click(pdf)->properties->Open With->Acroread->Choose default work? – Abhay Rana Sep 16 '11 at 6:24
@Capt.Nemo Yeah it does. Could you add this as an answer? – Peter Smit Sep 16 '11 at 6:41
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To set the file associations :

  1. Right Click on the file
  2. Choose Properties
  3. Go to the Open With tab.
  4. Choose your file viewer. For eg. acroread.
  5. That's it. Click on close.

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Also see this answer for an alternative method.

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Why it doesn't let me add acreader? It's not even among the possibilities – rodi May 13 '15 at 9:12
I don't think Adobe is detected because of the way it is installed. See bernaulli's answer for a workaround. – Abhay Rana May 14 '15 at 11:25
If it's not being detected, then "sudo gedit /usr/share/applications/acroread.desktop" and change the line "Exec=acroread" to "Exec=acroread %U". Then it should show up on the list as described above. – Gsxr1k Jun 25 at 17:30

To set the default program to pdf

  1. gedit ~/.local/share/applications/defaults.list
  2. Add application/pdf=acroread.desktop

This will set the pdf default program as adobe reader

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An update for Ubuntu 13.04. I am, however, using Gnome fallback session with no effects.

I wanted to use Foxit Reader 1.1 for my default PDF viewer, but I couldn't add it through right-click in file manager and "Open With," right-click properties and "Open With," or through "System Setting" → "Details" → "Default Applications".

What did work for me was "Ubuntu Tweak":

  1. The PDF default is under the "Admins" tab, then click the "Applications Centre".
  2. Look for "All" in the "Category" column on the far left.
  3. Scroll down to find the "PDF" file type and the "Associated Application".
  4. Double-click to change (brings up a window) where you can "Add" an application through one provided or find your own.
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This worked for Adobe Acrobat Reader, under Ubuntu 13.10. – david6 Nov 2 '13 at 6:08

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