I'm on Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS, and I'm searching for a PDF reader with tabs, and one that will save my sessions upon closing and re-opening. Foxit Reader on Windows does this--if you close the program and reopen it, the PDFs you had open will be shown, as long as you have the "restore last session" box ticked.

However, Foxit on Ubuntu 16.04 doesn't restore the last session even if you have that box ticked. I wonder if this option behaves properly on older versions. Is there a way to force Foxit to open the last session?

Or is there an alternative PDF reader I can use that has this ability as well as tabs?


  • Here there is a list of alternatives for Linux.
    – user308164
    Jul 31, 2016 at 16:01

1 Answer 1


Qpdfview has a setting for saving open tabs:

qpdfview screenshot

You can install it with this command:

sudo apt install qpdfview
  • Thank you, this program works perfectly! And it's a lot more light-weight than Foxit.
    – New2Coding
    Jul 31, 2016 at 16:32

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