I am new at using Ubuntu so i just want to know a good PDF reader similar to Foxit Reader, and has a read out loud feature.

  • askubuntu.com/questions/12401/…
    – Mateo
    Jun 7, 2015 at 11:50
  • Definitely not a duplicate of that (closed as opinion based) question.
    – guntbert
    Jun 7, 2015 at 20:30
  • Well, can't you install Foxit in Ubuntu?
    – Sophile
    Mar 28, 2023 at 5:54
  • Or you can install Adobe acrobat by following the instructions here
    – Sophile
    Mar 28, 2023 at 6:06

4 Answers 4



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Install Okular

Okular is a universal document viewer with support for advanced document features, such as annotations, forms, and embedded files.

This package provides the document viewer application, plus plugins for a wide variety of document formats such as:

  • PostScript (PS)
  • Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • OpenDocument Text (ODT)
  • TeX Device independent file format (DVI)
  • XML Paper Specification (XPS)
  • G3 fax
  • various electronic book formats: ComicBook, FictionBook, and Plucker This package is part of the KDE graphics module.

If KMouth and Jovie is installed, you can use Tools > Speak... to read out the document

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    If KMouth and Jovie is installed, you can use Tools > Speak... to read out the document
    – Wilf
    Jun 7, 2015 at 12:31
  • Currently the Okular documentation says Because you don’t have a speech service on your system. Install the Qt Speech library and they should be enabled link ot qt speech install directions here however, the speech sounds like stephen hawkings
    – nanotek
    Sep 4, 2022 at 16:40

Note: The benefit of this solution is that it uses a default Ubuntu app not a KDE one which will require you to download lots of additional libraries (which it will do automatically but may take longer).

Press the Super (Windows) key to open the Dash, type Document Viewer and press Enter.

Then press Alt + Super + S to turn on the Orca screen reader. Highlight the text you want it to read out and it will.


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    the feature i want is to read out loud . And tnks to answer my question
    – Ian Moone
    Jun 7, 2015 at 11:42
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    as noted here askubuntu.com/a/417056/112263 Alt+Super+S turns Ocra on and off
    – CrandellWS
    Sep 6, 2015 at 21:09
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    it seems that it does not read the selected text, but only something like the menu of the evince, and so?
    – sunxd
    Aug 21, 2019 at 8:39
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    @sunxd I've observed this too (after testing based on your comment), thanks for commenting, I assume that it should be reading out the text, will report the bug if/when I remember...
    – Ads20000
    Aug 26, 2019 at 23:30
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    This does not work. Orca screen reader does not read selected text.
    – Sophile
    Mar 26, 2023 at 16:47

I tried using other answers given to the question. But I was getting into issues (that were pointed in the comments to the answer).

Here is a quick workaround for the time being I used so that I can use chrome to read out loud my pdf text -

  1. Installed this extension on chrome called readaloud
  2. Open your pdf in Chrome Or Use online pdf viewer like sodapdf.com to read the pdf document online on Chrome.
  3. Now I can select the text I want to read out loud in the pdf. OnRight Clicking I get the option of read-aloud the selected text as I have installed the extension in chrome.

Worked well for me.

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    I think it's the simplest solution.
    – Abdollah
    Dec 14, 2021 at 5:50

Now there is adobe acrobat extension with read-aloud feature for both Chrome and Edge...

There are some difference between these two browser extensions, in Edge, the spoken word is highlighted and the current line is too, in Chrome, the whole paragraph is highlighted

Another difference i noticed is the voices available to use, in edge you can use microsoft voices, in chrome you use google voices.

Another option is NaturalReader chrome extention

Both of these options are closed-source, while read-aloud is open-source

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