I installed it using the .deb package from their website and I've turned the internet upside down looking for a way to do so and nothing works, terminal doesn't recognize 'foxitreader' and when I use dpkg to list all the programs, it is just not listed, or listed below another name. HELP!

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    Let me clarify that using Ubuntu Software to remove it is... well, useless.
    – EliT
    Aug 25, 2016 at 11:36
  • How did you install it?
    – Mark Kirby
    Aug 25, 2016 at 11:41
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    What is the output of dpkg --get-selections *foxit*? Aug 25, 2016 at 11:43
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    If i remember correctly, you install foxit reader from deb package. So removal would be via dpkg --remove . You will need to know package name for that. Use dpkg --get-selections | grep foxit for that Aug 25, 2016 at 11:43
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    @MarkKirby just post it Aug 25, 2016 at 12:03

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The installer tells you where the file was installed in. For me it was ~/opt/foxitsoftware/foxitreader. In that directory is "maintenancetool.sh", running it will give you a gui for uninstalling.

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    Can you add some detail here? What folder was it installed in?
    – Mark Kirby
    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:03
  • Done @MarkKirby
    – EliT
    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:05
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    Wait, home/user/opt ? Should that not be just /opt?
    – Mark Kirby
    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:07
  • That's what it showed.
    – EliT
    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:18
  • I guess the installer made that directory then.
    – Mark Kirby
    Aug 25, 2016 at 12:19

The foxit reader program is installed manually. To uninstall, go to ~/opt/foxitsoftware/foxitreader and then run ./maintenancetool file and click uninstall.

  • Right solution for Ubuntu 18.04, tested! Aug 3, 2018 at 10:47
  • Tested in Ubuntu 20.04, OK. Feb 23, 2021 at 16:17

I was facing the same issue while uninstalling Foxit reader in my ubuntu 16.04. Then I did the following steps,

cd ~/opt/foxitsoftware/foxitreader/
sudo ./maintenancetool.sh

if I write ./maintanacetool.sh and try to uninstall, it was giving permission error so with sudo it worked fine.


I tried every method I saw, but none did the job. The ./maintenancetool didn't do the trick. Also the ./uninstaller was worthless.

So I used:

rm -R /opt/foxitsoftware

I'm not sure whether this could have negative consequences though.

  1. Goto foxit installed directory and open uninstall.desktop in that directory using a texteditor

  2. see the exec= Example(for me):- exec = /home/hiren/opt/foxitsoftware/foxitreader/maintenancetool.sh %F

  3. Run the exec ="This " in the terminal Example(for me):- sudo /home/hiren/opt/foxitsoftware/foxitreader/maintenancetool.sh %F

Ubuntu version - 19.10


The download is not for a .deb file, it is a .run file.

The .run file is not installed via dpkg, it is a custom installer.

The way to remove it is, run the .run file again and find the directory where it was installed.

In this folder you will find an uninstall file, run this to remove Foxit.


This is how I uninstalled it:

Copy this > ./maintenancetool

Go to /home/opt/foxitsoftware

Right click at some empty space and "open in terminal"

Paste ./maintenancetool and click Enter. It will open a GUI which will help you remove the folder which you would've removed by simply selecting 'opt' folder and clicking the delete button.

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