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Adobe Acrobat is a family of application software and Web services developed by Adobe Systems to view, create, manipulate, print and manage files in Portable Document Format (PDF).

Install Adobe Reader in Ubuntu 16.04

Preparing your system

Open the terminal and run the following command

sudo apt-get install gtk2-engines-murrine:i386 libcanberra-gtk-module:i386 libatk-adaptor:i386 libgail-common:i386

Now install Adobe reader using the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ precise partner"

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install adobereader-enu

After installation you need to remove the precise repository using the following commands

sudo add-apt-repository -r "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ precise partner"

sudo apt-get update

Defaults Config file Change

If you want to read all PDF files using adobe acrobat do the following changes

Edit the /etc/gnome/defaults.list file

sudo gedit /etc/gnome/defaults.list

Change the following line

application/pdf=evince.desktop

to

application/pdf=acroread.desktop

Also add the following lines in the end

application/fdf=acroread.desktop
application/xdp=acroread.desktop
application/xfdf=acroread.desktop
application/pdx=acroread.desktop

Save and exit the file

Now you need to restart nautilus using the following command

nautilus -q

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5 Comments to “Install Adobe Reader in Ubuntu 16.04”

  1. cmcanulty says:

    Fails at second command
    libcanberra-gtk-module:i386 libatk-adaptor:i386
    libcanberra-gtk-module:i386: command not found
    I am running xubuntu 16.04

  2. Dan Jones says:

    Why would you do this? Plenty of PDF readers in the repo, and even pre-installed.

  3. Joshua M says:

    @Dan Jones
    Because nothing else on linux can run animations in a PDF.

  4. Tobias says:

    Installing Adobe Reader is a security risk – the last released version is ancient and has multiple known vulnerabilities.

  5. John C says:

    Thanks. It worked great.

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