How to Install Foxit Reader on Ubuntu Linux Desktop

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If Adobe Reader isn’t helping you on the Ubuntu desktop, you may try Foxit Reader. It is a small, fast, and feature-rich PDF viewer that allows you to open, view, and print any PDF file. In addition, 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 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. First, 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

After downloading and extracting the software archive, run the commands below to install 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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  1. Easy to follow instructions, thank you!

    1. Easy to follow instructions, thank you!

    2. Easy to follow instructions, thank you!
      Thank you for your help.
      I hope good helping in the future.

  2. Imene Benyamina

    easy and efficient tutorial thank you

  3. Thanks! I was struggling with their website 🙂

  4. thanks brother,,, it really help a lot,,, thanks very much

  5. Thank you!!

  6. thanks

  7. I tried to install Foxit Reader on Ubuntu 16.04, it. I followed these instructions. However, the installation does not start and the progression is blocked at 0%.

  8. Thanks!

  9. Why should I install a privative software on my GNU/Linux distro if there are lots of Free/Open Source software out there for viewing PDF documents and for basic editing as well ? Foxit Co. is known to use adware and malicious component on its “free” (zero-cost) software. Always check the uncompressed software programs from Foxit with an updated anti-virus/anti-malware programs, for instance at

    1. good! info

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