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Portable Document Format (PDF) , see PDF on Wikipedia.

PDF Viewers / Readers

Debian has multiple PDF viewers packaged, including:

There are other PDF viewers available in Debian.

Adobe Acrobat Reader (Non-Free)

/!\ Adobe discontinued support for Acrobat Reader on Linux in 2013, so the only version that is available for Linux contains critical security vulnerabilities and should not be used. The Wine tool can be used to run Adobe Acrobat Reader DC for Windows on Linux.

Insecure obsolete Linux version

If you really need the insecure obsolete Linux version of Adobe's Acrobat Reader, which is non-free, it is available from or the repository.

/!\ installing the .deb from does not work with amd64/jessie due to a libgtk dependency error

Note that Adobe Acrobat requires the i386 architecture. If you are running on a non-i386 system, you will need to add i386 architecture support.

sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386 

For Squeeze, add the following lines to /etc/apt/sources.list (see SourcesList):

# deb-multimedia (unofficial): Debian 6.0 (Squeeze)
deb squeeze main non-free

This repository isn't "official" but it works and has some otherwise unavailable packages.

After this, type in a terminal:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install acroread mozilla-acroread 

In Firefox, you can type in:


and check that the plugin is recognized:

/!\ To install acroread-plugin, you have to un-install the xine-ui package and vice-versa.

Annotation tools

Unlike editors, annotation tool can only add text, images and notes without changing existing contents.

Editors / Generators

Other Tools

See Also

CategorySoftware | CategoryOfficeApplication