How to Install Foxit Reader on Ubuntu Linux Desktop

If Adobe Reader isn’t helping you on the Ubuntu desktop, you may want to try Foxit Reader. It is a small, fast, and feature-rich PDF viewer that allows you to open, view, and print any PDF file. Unlike other free readers, it enables you to create PDFs, participate in a shared review, and more.

This brief tutorial shows students and new users how to install Foxit Reader on Ubuntu 16.04 / 17.10 and 18.04 LTS desktops.

The software is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux systems. If your systems support 64-bit software, you should download and install that.

For more about Foxit Reader, please visit its homepage.

When you’re ready to install Foxit Reader, follow the steps below:

Download the Archived File

Foxit Reader comes in an archive file. you can download the file, extract it and install the software. Open the Linux terminal by pressing Ctrl — Alt — T on your keyboard. when it opens, run the commands below to change into the temporary directory.

cd /tmp

Then run the commands below to download the software archive.


That is the 64-bit version. After downloading the archive, run the commands below to extract it.

tar -xvf FoxitReader*.tar.gz

Install Foxit Reader

Now that you’ve downloaded and extracted the software archive, run the commands below to begin installing it.

sudo ./FoxitReader.enu.setup.\(r08f07f8\)

That should open the installation wizard accept the default installation path and license terms and continue.

Foxit Reader ubuntu install

After a brief moment, Foxit Reader should be installed and ready to use.

After installing the software, open the Activities Overview and search for Foxit Reader. then select and launch the program.

Forit Reader install

That’s it! This one installs Foxit Reader on Ubuntu desktops.

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