I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 desktop. I have enabled the partners repo & installed Adobe Reader 9.5.5 OK. Unfortunately, I need Adobe Reader version 10 or 11 for the particular .pdf file I'm using. If anyone is interested, the .pdf file is a file supplied by UK's HMRC for Company Returns which requires certain Trust settings to be made. Can anybody tell me where I can download an appropriate (to Ubuntu 14.04) Adobe Reader 10/11 install file? PS I've tried Adobe's web site & internet searched.

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    Adobe decided that all us Linux users don't amount to anything in the world, and stopped releasing Adobe Reader for linux a while back. – Charles Green Dec 3 '14 at 12:43
  • Ask that company to provide you a Windows Licence or something. Tell them that if they provide an encoded (to PDF) file with none or obscure way (in this case) to read it - that means they do not provide you the file at all. – Barafu Albino Dec 3 '14 at 13:18
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    What about using Evince instead? Anything is better than Acrobat Reader anyway! – cylgalad Dec 15 '15 at 8:59

maybe you can try to install the Adobe Reader with Wine.

the last native version was adobe reader 9, newer versions are only available for Windows and MacOS.

  • i would recommend pdfreaders.org for an overview of the alternatives. – DJCrashdummy Dec 4 '14 at 11:53
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    I tried installing Adobe Reader with latest version of Wine (from Ubuntu Wine Team). It installed OK but didn't work: some dll problem but I forget what it was. – John Rose Dec 4 '14 at 12:46
  • No point in trying alternatives as it needs special Adobe Reader trust settings. – John Rose Dec 4 '14 at 12:48
  • as described in the link: you will need wine 1.7 and winetricks. – DJCrashdummy Dec 4 '14 at 13:00
  • it was just a comment to point out some alternatives for other users reading this... – DJCrashdummy Dec 4 '14 at 13:01

Only solution was to install Adobe Reader for Windows XP: I have Windows XP running as a VM using VirtualBox. That worked OK. Hopefully, this problem will not be there for next year's company accounts & tax return as HMRC told me that they will not be using Adobe Reader writing to a downloaded (from HMRC) CT600 pdf file but will instead be completing a CT600 form directly on their website. This is the method used for HMRC personal tax returns, which work OK.


You can try to open it using Adobe on Android Tablet / or mobile. I am doing this in case I would like to use some features like adding comments or highlighting. I hope this works for you.

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