How to install Adobe PDF Reader with Plug-in for Mozilla Firefox in Feisty Fawn

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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 Feisty Fawn 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 with firefox plugin in Ubuntu

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

This will complete the installation

If you want top open acrobat reader go to Applications -> Office -> Adobe Reader

Using Edgy Repository

Edit the sources.list file

sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list

Add this line at the end of sources.list

deb edgy-security restricted main multiverse universe

Update the source list using the following command

sudo apt-get update

Install acrobat reader with firefox plugin in Ubuntu

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

If you want top open acrobat reader go to Applications -> Office -> Adobe Reader

Using Automatix2

Automatix is a graphical interface for automating the installation of the most commonly requested applications in Debian based Linux operating systems.

If you want to check how to install automatix2 in feisty check here

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14 Responses

  1. harry says:

    Re the PDF….why?
    Ubuntu 6.06 already reads .PDF so why clog up yr system with more of the same…or are there some distinct improvements….the writer doesn’t suggest this….so I’m wondering “Why?”

    What I haven’t been able to do is install Java – to read streaming prices on websites….if I go to Sun’s website they offer four versions of Java for Linux ( why four?…don’t ask!)…not one download works on my system, yet they give the impression they are downloading.

    “How-to for Java” would be nice.

    Indeed I was going to suggest that for the increasing newbies to Ubuntu….a stack of PDF’s like those flick-cards would enable us to watch the progress of doing a task like install a new application. To see a video in action look at Paint Shop Pro’s tutorial website…it allows you to go over it again and again. It’s really quite good…..pity the software is only equal to The Gimp (although I think it allows 4-colour printing plates)

  2. Brad says:

    To install java, you have to do it from the command-line. It prompts you to accept the license agreement.

    sudo apt-get sun-java6-jre sun-java6-plugin sun-java6-fonts

  3. Andrew says:

    I Installed Adobe Reader on Ubuntu, but now I do not want it. I installed it using the tar.gz file instead, but since i did not use the repo’s I can’t figure out how to remove it easily. can someone help?

  4. doug says:

    briefly tried all the listed alternatives for adobe reader installation(thank you!)with Feisty Ubuntu 7.04.

    Found the last option autoamtix2 to be fast and easy, and some difficulites with all the other I suggest trying the last option first.

  5. BooRadely says:

    @Andrew – I’m constantly amazed by people who don’t use the proper channels for support. I mean — asking for help in article comments? Really? You know Ubuntu has it’s own forum and dedicated IRC channel, don’t you?

    @Doug and the Author – using Automatix2 is a horrible idea. Sure it may be easy to get some stuff in there, but it doesn’t follow proper Linux/Debian conventions and you’ll likely find yourself with a busted system when you try to upgrade. Better to get your hands “slightly” dirty and do it the right way. And heck, you might just learn something along the way…

    A recent article re: Automatix is here:

  6. Ash says:

    Adobe PDF viewer, I have found, to offer better support for layers and transparencies. There may be other linux pdf viewers that also offer said support but I have not tried them all.

  7. John Jacks says:

    Feisty Fawn 7.04, tried the acroread install, package acroread not found.

    root@marge:~# apt-get install acroread mozilla-acroread acroread-plugins
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    E: Couldn’t find package acroread

  8. prashanth says:


  9. lemony says:

    Followed the first two instructions, wouldn’t do the third (error:
    E: Type ‘

  10. Chol says:

    hi to all of U,

    indeed I have got some information about PDF but send me more about how to install PDF in differnt computer using defferent windows like xp, vista ect.

  11. kuko says:

    — intrepid solution

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

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

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  14. Nick says:

    my operating system is Ubuntu 12.04 Precise AMD64

    when I entered the following command in terminal:
    apt-get install acroread mozilla-acroread acroread-plugins

    Ubuntu could not locate:
    (1) mozilla-acroread
    (2) acroread-plugins

    so I entered the command:
    apt-get install acroread

    and apt-get added more programs after acroread:
    acroread-common lib32z1 nspluginviewer:i386 nspluginwrapper

    so I said ‘yes’ to all that…

    during installation, I received the following option in terminal:
    “Package configuration
    Configuring acroread-common
    This will set Adobe Reader as the default PDF Viewer for the system but will not override any per-user settings. Set Adobe Reader as the default PDF Viewer? ”

    I entered , and noticed that Firefox plugins updated in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins

    after that installation, when I opened a PDF in Firefox, I was given an option to choose Adobe Reader, and the PDF opened in Adobe Reader 9.4.

    in the past evince was the default PDF viewer in Ubuntu, but now it appears that Adobe Reader is being offered as the default viewer.

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