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

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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.

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

Once it opens you should see the following screen

Adobe Reader support with SCIM

Note: If you have added additional language support (SCIM) you will have trouble with running Adobe Reader 7.0. There
is a fix for this outlined below:

sudo gedit /usr/bin/acroread

Within that file change:







Save the file.

At this point Adobe Reader should work alongside additional language support (SCIM).

How to associate Adobe Reader for .pdf files in Ubuntu

This will explain how to set Adobe Reader as the default program for .pdf files on your Ubuntu system.

Right-click on any .pdf file Select “Properties”

Once it opens you need to select “Open With” Select Adobe Reader

This should now associate all .pdf files with Adobe Reader on your Ubuntu system.

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11 Responses

  1. sureinlux says:

    Hi there,
    Is there a painless way of doing the same under Kubuntu Edgy Eft – amd64??? I am aware that Adobe does not provide x86_64 bit Adobe Reader. Though Kpdf is a great alternative even as a plugin (with mozplugger)…

  2. just-me says:

    Why would you want to do this? Opening pdf’s happens in ubuntu without having to wait for splash screens and bloatware to load.

  3. Lucas Arruda says:

    I don`t know why, but Feisty doesn`t have acroread package. Maybe because it`s not yet released, but I found this very strange.

    If you know a repository or a good way to install it would be good to update this tutorial.

  4. nayif says:

    lucas ,i find a way*, install an edgy package from this url :

    *thanks to daviey:”irc nickname” for above tip and url.

  5. nayif says:

    i want to edit my last comment or delete it,because daviey says “it’s not a recommended way, i really don’t want my name attached to it”

    thanks admin,

  6. Jorge says:

    When I try to run this command I get…

    jorge@ct-30:~$ sudo apt-get install acroread mozilla-acroread acroread-plugins
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    acroread is already the newest version.
    Package mozilla-acroread is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source
    E: Package mozilla-acroread has no installation candidate

    I can do a manual install but it does not have a plug in for Mozilla Firefox…Any ideas?

  7. Jorge says:

    Found a way to do it…I guess I forgot to run the browser plug-in…

    Hope that helps someone….

  8. Abe says:

    E: Couldn’t find package acroread

  9. admin says:

    if you are using feisty fawn check here

  10. Yup… this works great! Thanks.

  11. Java Geek says:

    Indeed it work like a charm. thanks guys

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