Portable Document Format (PDF) , see PDF on Wikipedia.
PDF Viewers / Readers
Debian has multiple PDF viewers packaged, such as:
mupdf - for any X window manager (no extra features)
qpdfview - tabbed document viewer - QT
viewpdf.app - for GNUstep environment
xpdf - for advanced features other X window managers (no extra features)
zathura - zathura is a document viewer with a minimalistic and space saving interface.
There are other PDF viewers available, search https://packages.debian.org.
Adobe Acrobat Reader (Non-Free)
installing the .deb from ftp.adobe.com does not work with amd64/Jessie (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
# deb-multimedia (unofficial): Debian 6.0 (Squeeze) deb http://www.deb-multimedia.org 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 Iceweasel, you can type in:
and check that the plugin is recognized:
- File name nppdf.so
- application/pdf Portable Document Format pdf
- application/vnd.fdf Acrobat Forms Data Format fdf
- application/vnd.adobe.xfdf XML Version of Acrobat Forms Data Format xfdf
- application/vnd.adobe.xdp+xml Acrobat XML Data Package xdp
application/vnd.adobe.xfd+xml Adobe FormFlow99 Data File xfd
To install acroread-plugin, you have to un-install the xine-ui package and vice-versa.
Editors / Generators
cups-pdf is a virtual printer that can generate a PDF from any application
gimp automatically convert the imported PDF as bitmap
gscan2pdf - A GUI to produce PDFs from scanned documents
libreoffice can edit PDF and export it in this format using Libreoffice Draw.
pdfedit was an editor for manipulating PDF documents; it is no longer available in debian
pdftk is a command line editor for manipulating PDF documents
php-fpdf - FPDF is a PHP class which allows to generate PDF files with PHP
chm2pdf - Converts CHM files into PDF files
htmldoc - HTML processor that generates indexed HTML, PS, and PDF
qpdf - tools for transforming and inspecting PDF files
pdf2svg - converts PDF documents to SVG files (one per page)
pdfmod - can rotate, extract, remove and reorder pages from multiple documents via drag and drop; edit the title, subject, author and keywords
pdfsam - PDF Split and Merge is a very simple, easy to use, free, open source utility to split and merge pdf files (simple graphical interface).
pdfshuffler is a tool for shuffling the pages within PDF documents and merging PDF documents
poppler-utils - Portable Document Format (PDF) suite -- utilities
rst2pdf - reStructuredText to PDF renderer
PDF is an ISO standard: ISO 32000-1:2008