The objective of this article is to provide the reader with available PDF viewer alternatives on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux.

In this tutorial you will learn:
  • Evince PDF Viewer
  • Okular PDF Viewer
  • Atril PDF Viewer
  • Adobe Reader PDF Viewer
  • MuPDF PDF Viewer
  • Zathura PDF viewer
  • GNU gv PDF Viewer
PDF viewer list on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux
PDF viewer list 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 Ubuntu 20.04 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

PDF viewer alternatives on Ubuntu 20.04 Focal Fossa Linux

  1. Evince PDF Viewer

    default PDF viewer on Ubuntu 20.04 GNOME desktop
    Evince a.k.a Document Viewer is a default PDF viewer on Ubuntu 20.04 GNOME Desktop
    Installation:
    $ sudo apt install evince
    

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  3. Atril PDF Viewer

    default PDF viewer on Ubuntu 20.04 MATE desktop
    Atril is a default PDF viewer on Ubuntu 20.04 MATE desktop
    Installation:
    $ sudo apt install atril
    
  4. Okular PDF Viewer

    default PDF viewer on Ubuntu 20.04 KDE Plasma desktop
    Okular is a default PDF viewer on Ubuntu 20.04 KDE Plasma Desktop
    Installation:
    $ sudo apt install okular
    
  5. Adobe Reader

    Adobe Reader is a proprietary PDF viewer
    Adobe Reader is a proprietary PDF viewer available via external 3rd party package. Adobe Reader is no longer supported on the Linux platform hence is obsolete and not recommended for the installation.
    Installation:

    Follow our guide on how to install Adobe Reader on Ubuntu 20.04 Linux.
  6. MuPDF PDF Viewer

    MuPDF is a extremely lightweight PDF viewer that supports a PDF, XPS, and EPUB formats
    MuPDF is a extremely lightweight PDF viewer that supports a PDF, XPS, and EPUB formats.
    Installation:
    $ sudo apt install mupdf
    


  7. Zathura PDF Viewer

    Zathura is a free, plugin-based document viewer application. Available plugins include PDF, PostScript and DjVu
    Zathura is a free, plugin-based document viewer application. Available plugins include PDF, PostScript and DjVu.
    Installation:
    $ sudo apt install zathura
    
  8. GNU gv PDF Viewer

    GNU gv is a powerful PostScript and PDF document viewer
    GNU gv is a powerful PostScript and PDF document viewer developed by the GNU Project.
    Installation:
    $ sudo apt install gv
    
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