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Install Adobe PDF Reader on Ubuntu Edgy

Adobe Reader has become the standard for reading ebooks and documentation online. For Windows, there are 3rd party readers like FoxIt that can be substituted, but on Linux, the best choice is still Adobe Reader.

Before you install, you will want to make sure that you have selected the Multiverse repository.

To install just Adobe Reader, open up a terminal window and type in the following command:

sudo apt-get install acroread

If you want to install Adobe Reader as well as the plug-in for Firefox, then use this line instead:

sudo apt-get install acroread mozilla-acroread acroread-plugins

If you are reading this in Firefox, you may want to restart Firefox for the plug-in to start working.

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  • Published 11/24/06

Comments (21)

  1. Craven

    Even with multi-verse enabled, apt couldn’t find acroread for me.

  2. christian

    No Problem here, worked as described. Thank you.

  3. Learn Java by Examples

    Here it is ok too!

  4. Andrew

    Could not find it in the fiesty repo’s. But did download from adobe website and installed using this command: “sudo ./INSTALL” while in the extracted folder. Now That it is installed can someone write up a how-to to remove if we decide we do not want it? Since it is not in the repo’s, I cannot remove using apt.

  5. AiBo

    Multi-verse is enabled, apt couldn’t find acroread for me.

  6. David

    This alternative worked for me :

    Using medibuntu Repository

    Medibuntu (Multimedia, Entertainment & Distractions In Ubuntu) is a repository of packages that cannot be included into the Ubuntu distribution for legal reasons (copyright, license, patent, etc).

    Add gpg key using the following command

    wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add –

    Edit sources.list with new repo data

    sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

    Update the source list using the following command

    sudo apt-get update

    Install acrobat reader with firefox plugin in Ubuntu

    sudo apt-get install acroread mozilla-acroread acroread-plugins

    This will complete the installation

    If you want top open acrobat reader go to Applications -> Office -> Adobe Reader

  7. baderous

    worked, kudos to david :)

  8. keith causey

    I downloaded and installed the acroread program using both the stand-alone application and the browser plugin and I have no idea where it is in the computer! I downloaded an ebook from the library and when I am asked what to open it with I don’t know where to steer the file manager. Please help! Thanks in advance.

  9. Linus Vidal

    It is broken….

    root@spider:~# apt-get install acroread
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Couldn’t find package acroread
    root@spider:~# sudo apt-get install acroread mozilla-acroread acroread-plugins
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Couldn’t find package acroread

  10. Ivan Petrus
  11. Nishikant Deshmukh

    It works pretty nicely….
    Just check this page … since the command options changes for every new release of ubuntu

  12. Ubuntu Human

    These comments show a gap in the Ubuntu’s usability. This weakness will need to be addressed to bring Ubuntu up to the level of air-tight usability that is required for it to truly go mainstream.

    1. Combine the various installation methods into a single method
    2. Allow users to easily download files as they do in windows and install, uninstall them with point and click

    It makes no sense to have add/remove on the applications menu, also have the synaptic package manager (ugh! What an unfriendly name!), and then have the additional headache of adding repositories to it. The very word “repository” chases off non-technical users.

    Instead, what Ubuntu users will respond to is a link on a web site that says “Download for Ubuntu” which allows them to save a file in a location they choose – just like in Windows – then click the icon and have the installer fire up and take care of everything for them, including leaving an uninstall routine in the “remove” item.

    The current multiple method approach and technical jargon is a turn-off for many and scares them away from Ubuntu.

  13. encke

    Worked Great…..

    encke@nsbuntu001:~$ apt-get moo
    / | ||
    * /\—/\
    ~~ ~~
    ….”Have you mooed today?”…

  14. Guneshwor

    Where can I find for Gutsy?

  15. Joe

    I applaud the commentor regarding Ubuntu Linux going ‘mainstream’. Neither the acrobat install file AdbeRdr9.1-2_i486linux_enu.bin , any of the ‘tutorials’ given on these forums work. What the hell do I do with the above bin file. What about the missing acroread installer in medibuntu? I’m ‘trying’ to use Hardy Heron, but it’s like wading through treacle. Unfortunately I can’t test any of my web pages that contain embedded acrobat pdf files until I fix this problem.
    So, if Linux buffs really do want it to go mainstream – fix the bloody problems – I simply want to use the operating system, not get fithy mucking about with oily rags in it’s deepest bowels.

  16. Adam

    Needs to be updated for Jaunty and Karmic

  17. Tim

    As an alternative to medibuntu, I’m pretty sure that if you add the following to /etc/apt/sources.list then you can install adobe reader with sudo apt-get install acroread

    deb jaunty partner
    deb jaunty-backports partner
    deb jaunty-updates partner
    deb jaunty-security partner
    deb jaunty-proposed partner
    deb-src jaunty partner
    deb-src jaunty-backports partner
    deb-src jaunty-updates partner
    deb-src jaunty-security partner
    deb-src jaunty-proposed partner

  18. Pechkin000

    Just installed using the directions on this page:

    I run Ubuntu 9.1, it worked perfectly

  19. The Clone

    For latest Ubuntu versions, you need to enable the “Partner” repository to be able to install acroread…

  20. johny c

    Works like a charm… thanks!

  21. mahesh


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