Install Adobe Reader in Ubuntu

Adobe Acrobat Reader is the most widely used cross-platform PDF reader. Although it is not the lightest on the system resources, it is reliable and the free version is enough for most of the daily needs. It lets you sign PDFs and also fill forms before taking a print out on paper.

Adobe has stopped supporting Linux. The last official Adobe Reader is version 9.5.5 released in 2013.

Personally, I use LibreOffice Draw for my PDF needs, but every now and then I see formatting issues when I open PDF via LibreOffice Draw. That’s when I use Adobe Acrobat Reader and it works flawlessly. There is no magic in it. It’s just that the most commonly used PDF creator used worldwide is again from Adobe. So it’s their PDF ecosystem they have created.

Install Adobe Acrobat Reader in Ubuntu and Linux Mint

Since Adobe no longer supports Linux, you won’t be able to install the latest Adobe Reader in Linux. The last available build is version 9.5.5. I will show you how to install it. The installation is tested in Ubuntu 16.04 but should work in Ubuntu 17.04 and Linux Mint 18.1 too.

STEP 1: Launch ‘Terminal’.

STEP 2: Enter the following command to install gdebi package installer.

sudo apt-get install gdebi-core

Enter root password to complete gdebi installation.

STEP 3: We shall install Adobe Reader now. Copy and Paste the following command in the Terminal. Use right-click context menu to paste. Ctrl +V won’t work in Terminal. This command will download the pdf installer Debian binary from Adobe’s official servers.

wget ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/unix/9.x/9.5.5/enu/AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb

STEP 4: Use the gdebi command to install the downloaded .deb binary package.

sudo gdebi Adbe*.deb

STEP 5: Enter root password when prompted.

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That’s it!

If you are looking for an Adobe PDF reader alternative, I recommend qpdfview. It is available from Ubuntu Software. It is light-weight and has tabbed user interface. For PDF editor, I suggest using Libre Office Draw which works excellently for editing PDF. It is also available for free download from Ubuntu Software.

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Dear Khan,
Thanks for your article on INSTALL ADOBE ACROBAT READER IN UBUNTU AND LINUX MINT. I followed it and successfully installed “AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb” on my machine which runs Ubuntu 17.10 but discovered to my disappointment it does not work. So I wish to remove it immediately. Please kindly let me know how to do this neatly and clean up my system.

Linux
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Linux

Use command
sudo apt-get install libxml2:i386 libstdc++6:i386

Matt
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Matt

Thank you much Kiran! This was very helpful

Suki
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Suki

Thanks for this Kiran.

Fernando
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Fernando

Hi Kiran,

I have installed Adobe Reader in my Ubuntu 17.10 and it doesn’t run. What’s wrong?

Linux
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Linux

The problem lies in that the adobe package is a i386 version, no x64 version available.

So I did the following

sudo apt-get install libxml2:i386 libstdc++6:i386

Adam
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Adam

If you are on a 64-bit system you need to install some 32-libraries to make this work. You can do this by running: sudo apt-get install libxml2:i386

After that it works fine on latest ubuntu. Thanks a bunch!

david
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david

Thanks that fixed my problem on Linux Mint 18.3 64bit

Theo Spinner
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Theo Spinner

A-a-a-h! Of course it won’t work in Mint 18.2 64-bit.

But now, how do I purge the system of the bits installed?

Mike
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Mike

I was able to install Adobe Reader on Mint 18.3 64-bit using steps 1-4. Works perfectly and installed without any errors or issues. I was never prompted for any password which was weird — *nix should always require a root-type user password when installing software.

Eta
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Eta

Thanks Kiran!

I installed adobe reader following your instruction on Linux Mint 18.3 64-bit. Yet, I could not make it run due to the following error:

error while loading shared libraries: libxml2.so.2: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory.

Then the following installation helped:

sudo apt-get install libxml2:i386 libstdc++6:i386

Acrobat reader runs now, but I get the following message:

(acroread:24538): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: “pixmap”

Any idea what to do with it?

Art Atkinson
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Art Atkinson

Thank you, this worked as expected in Mint Linux 19. I’m glad saw the post below about adding
sudo apt-get install libxml2:i386 libstdc++6:i386

Sasha
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Sasha

Thank you Kiran. Worked perfectly for me after using sudo apt-get install libxml2:i386 libstdc++6:i386

Andrew
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Dear Kiran Kumar, FOSSLINUX is fast becoming my goto when I need help. Unfortunately the internet does not distinguish very well between blind alleys where people make helpful suggestions that turn out not to solve the problem, and knowledgeable people who are genuinely helpful in solving problems. YOU my friend, are the latter. God bless your brain.
FYI your instructions worked fine on Ubuntu 16.04 gnome edition. I have 64 bit but the software worked fine without the sudo apt-get install libxml2:i386 libstdc++6:i386

Srihari
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Srihari

I tried those commands on ubuntu 18.04, my internet connection is working perfectly fine, but it says connection timed out. why?