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51 Responses

  1. Marcos says:

    I have just tried evince, okular and foxitreader, no doubt, foxitreader is much better for study purposes and easy way to highlight and making notes…

  2. Mario says:

    After a probed many options, found Master pdf editor, a very nice option to read and modify pdfs. They have a free options, for me, it’s a must have. Very complete.

    • Aaron Kili says:


      Many thanks for mentioning, we will check it out.

    • Albin says:

      Had been using Master PDF, which is a very polished and complete editor. I only use rarely and for basic marking, and after an update today the free version is forcing a watermark “Created with Master PDF” which is not acceptable for the purpose. I’m looking to replace it.

  3. Jacob says:

    Actually, I didn’t even know before that Foxit supports unix distros so far. But I’ve tried out its features when I was on Windows and hands down, it’s a splendid tool to read documents, but not the best one in order to edit them.

    Sure, it recognizes text, but doesn’t allow you to replace or delete some, just to draw something over. Thus I prefer to use this thing in order to work with pdf-documents. It’s pretty nice solution for Linux, because it works very fast despite it’s online tool, and they have applications for all the common systems as well

  4. Chris says:

    I have found DocHub to be very useful and similar to AdobeReader – a good alternative for people on Linux is. No need to install, and is able to read and sign documents.

  5. Anandesh says:

    FoxIt is no longer supported for Debian systems.

  6. Joe says:

    is there a decent multi threaded PDF reader that can use all CPU cores. I need to search within files a lot. MuPDF doesn’t seem to be well maintained.

  7. Alexandre says:

    Very helpful list! Thank you for this, it saved my college homework today!

  8. Edo says:

    I needed a PDF app to sign and complete forms: LibreOffice’s viewer is the best so far (given you have a jpg image of your signature and don’t need a digital signature).

  9. David says:

    Add/verify digital signatures and many more is one of the most important features that lack this programs.
    I tried Foxit and wasn’t able to find the feature in the “free” version.

  10. Mikkle says:

    Usually use Okular but didn’t want to pull in all these Qt4 dependencies so I’m trying out qpdfview. Very nice! Even the ability to add bookmarks and annotation (highlighting and notes). A bit less feature-complete than Okular, but way fewer dependencies, lean, and works great.

    • Aaron Kili K says:


      Yap, dealing with a lot of dependencies can be so nagging at times, i actually use Okular as well but now i have to give Qpdfview some time and find its strong points comprehensively. Thanks for stopping by and for the wonderful feedback.

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