How to install Adobe PDF Reader 8.1.1 with Plug-in for Mozilla Firefox in Gutsy Gibbon

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Adobe Acrobat was the first software to support Adobe Systems’ Portable Document Format (PDF). It is a family of software, some commercial and some free of charge. The Adobe Acrobat Reader program (now just called Adobe Reader) is available as a no-charge download from Adobe’s web site, and allows the viewing and printing of PDF files. It is a major component of the Adobe Engagement Platform, and is widely used as a way to present information with a fixed layout similar to a paper publication.

Several other PDF-editing programs allow some minimal editing and adding of features to documents, and come with other
modules including a printer driver to create PDF files.

In Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon Acrobat Reder is not in Main Repositories because of licensing issues so you need to install using one of the following methods

Using medibuntu Repository

Medibuntu (Multimedia, Entertainment & Distractions In Ubuntu) is a repository of packages that cannot be included into the Ubuntu distribution for legal reasons (copyright, license, patent, etc).

Add gpg key using the following command

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add --

Edit sources.list with new repo data

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

Update the source list using the following command

sudo apt-get update

Install acrobat reader 8.1.1 with firefox plugin in Ubuntu

sudo apt-get install acroread mozilla-acroread acroread-plugins

This will complete the installation of acrobat reader version 8.1.1
If you want to open acrobat reader go to Applications -> Office -> Adobe Reader

Once it opens you should see similar to the following screen here you need to click on accept the license

Once it opens you should see similar to the following screen

Acrobat reader Version Details

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10 Responses

  1. Tux.firefox says:

    Hi, this method does not work well with amd64. Adobe complains of missing libgtkembedmoz. Have to install the 23 libraries for that too. Anyway evince is a native and wonderful alternative.

  2. DAL says:

    Problem solved! I think. I searched for in my files and found it at /usr/lib/firefox. I opened Adobe Reader to Edit => Preferences => Internet and specified /usr/lib/firefox for source.

  3. Luca says:

    Are you able to print using Acrobat 8?
    I keep getting a “foomatic-rip failed, error status 3” error, and it does not print.

  4. Andrea says:

    Printing system with cups and hp print doesnt work with acrobat 8…

  5. Ioannis says:

    I can’t seem to access Has this changed or is it temporarily down ?

    Thanks for this howto

  6. David Liell says:

    Please provide a printable version of your instructions on this site.



  7. nosbod says:


  8. dawn says:

    I cannot get out of my adobe reader8 update install. It remains open and will not close when I press exit. It just sits there in my dock. Mac OS 10.4.11

  9. IloveDawn says:

    ^ Dawn: This guide has NOTHING to do with Mac OS X. How is Babby formed?

  10. kuko says:

    – intrepid solution

    sudo wget –output-document=/etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update

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