I am looking for any way to put some comments on the pdf which I open that by the the evince . Is there any way to that?

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    you can't edit a pdf file through evice. Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 12:39
  • @AvinashRaj I just did.
    – Jos
    Commented Jun 25, 2014 at 13:25

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On newer versions of Evince (a.k.a Document Viewer) you can edit annotations by pressing the pencil button on top left of the app window (tested on Evince 3.30.2).


On the left sidebar, where Thumbnails is usually shown, click on Thumbnails and select Annotations. Then, go to Add under Annotations there is small edit button. Click on that one and you can add comments on your pdf.

Alternatively, you can use Okular which may offer more options.

  • My evince does not have this option to add. I use version 3.18.2.
    – Sigur
    Commented Sep 20, 2018 at 22:32
  • You probably need to use a newer version of Evince.
    – 183.amir
    Commented Sep 21, 2018 at 8:51
  • I discovered that my version has a button on the tool bar to enable the adding notes. Thanks.
    – Sigur
    Commented Sep 21, 2018 at 15:44

Although not exactly an answer to your question, if you find using Evince for annotating pdf files cumbersome or if you don't want to install the KDE base for using Okular, you can use Qpdfview. There you can just press Ctrl+A to add an annotation.

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