The objective of this tutorial is to install Adobe Acrobat Reader on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux.

WARNING
Please note that Adobe no longer supports Acrobat Reader for Linux. The latest native Linux version is 9.5.5 dated from 26/04/2013. From this reason you should refrain using/installing Adobe Acrobat Reader to avoid potential vulnerabilities and hacker exploits. You are recommended to consider installation of Adobe Acrobat Reader on Wine.
In this tutorial you will learn:
  • How to install Adobe Acrobat Reader prerequisites
  • How to download Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • How to install Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • How to start Adobe Acrobat Reader
Adobe Acrobat Reader on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux
Adobe Acrobat Reader on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux

Software Requirements and Conventions Used

Software Requirements and Linux Command Line Conventions
Category Requirements, Conventions or Software Version Used
System Installed or upgraded Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa
Software N/A
Other Privileged access to your Linux system as root or via the sudo command.
Conventions # - requires given linux commands to be executed with root privileges either directly as a root user or by use of sudo command
$ - requires given linux commands to be executed as a regular non-privileged user

Install Adobe Acrobat Reader on Ubuntu 20.04 step by step instructions


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  1. To download Adobe Acrobat Reader open the terminal and enter the following command:
    $ wget -O ~/adobe.deb ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/unix/9.x/9.5.5/enu/AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb
    
  2. Next, enable i386 architecture:
    $ sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
    $ sudo apt update
    
  3. Install all prerequisites:
    $ sudo apt install libxml2:i386 libcanberra-gtk-module:i386 gtk2-engines-murrine:i386 libatk-adaptor:i386
    
  4. Now, we are ready to install the actual Adobe Acrobat Reader package downloaded previously:
    $ sudo dpkg -i ~/adobe.deb
    
  5. To start the Adobe Acrobat Reader use the activities menu to search for adobe and click on the relevant icon:
    Launch Adobe Acrobat Reader on Ubuntu 20.04
    Launch Adobe Acrobat Reader on Ubuntu 20.04


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    Alternatively, you can start the Adobe Acrobat Reader on Ubuntu 20.04 form a command line:
    $ acroread
    
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