Alternatives to Foxit Reader for all platforms with any license

  • Sumatra PDF icon

    Sumatra PDF

    What is Sumatra PDF? Sumatra PDF is a slim, free, open-source PDF/DjVu/EPUB/XPS/CHM/CBR/CBZ/MOBI viewer for Windows. Why another...

    Open Source Windows

    • Foxit can edit PDF files too. Sumatra is just a viewer.
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  • Evince icon


    Evince is a document viewer for multiple document formats. It currently supports pdf, postscript, djvu, tiff, dvi, cbr, cbz, etc. ...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • PDF-XChange Viewer icon

    PDF-XChange Viewer

    PDF-XChange Viewer is an alternative viewer for PDF files that enables you to view and annotate PDF files. You can add text, sticky...

    Freemium Windows

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader DC  icon

    Adobe Acrobat Reader DC

    Adobe Acrobat Reader DC is a powerful software for viewing, printing, and annotating PDFs. It’s connected to Adobe Document Cloud...

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Windows Phone iPad ... Blackberry 10

  • Firefox PDF Viewer (PDF.js) icon

    Firefox PDF Viewer (PDF.js)

    PDF Viewer (aka pdf.js) is a new revolutionary extension using web standard technologies that allows you to display within...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Chrome Opera Firefox

  • Okular icon


    Okular is a universal document viewer based on KPDF for KDE 4 with support for advanced document features, such as annotations, forms...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux KDE

  • Nitro Reader icon

    Nitro Reader

    Nitro Reader offers features and functionality far beyond typical PDF readers, and makes working with PDF easier than ever before. ...

    Free Personal Windows

  • MuPDF icon


    MuPDF is a lightweight PDF and XPS viewer. The renderer in MuPDF is tailored for high quality anti-aliased graphics. It renders...

    Open Source Windows Linux Android iPhone iPad Xfce

  • STDU Viewer icon

    STDU Viewer

    Are you tired from many viewers one for each document? Do you want to have, one program for all your technical documentations...

    Free Personal Windows

  • Skim icon


    Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great...

    Open Source Mac

  • Master PDF Editor icon

    Master PDF Editor

    Master PDF Editor is complete solution for editing PDF and XPS files. You can insert, edit, remove, copy, add images or graphics....

    Freemium Mac Windows Linux

  • Chrome PDF Viewer Plug-in icon

    Chrome PDF Viewer Plug-in

    In version 8, Google Chrome introduced a free PDF viewer, installed by default. While this plug-in lacks many features of the Adobe...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome

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  • Foxit PhantomPDF icon

    Foxit PhantomPDF

    Full-featured solution to view, create, edit, comment, collaborate online, secure, organize, export, OCR, and sign PDF documents and...

    Commercial Windows

  • PDF-XChange Editor icon

    PDF-XChange Editor

    The smallest, fastest, most feature-rich PDF editor/viewer available * Full Direct Content Editing (text based PDFs, not...

    Freemium Windows

  • qpdfview icon


    qpdfview is a Qt-based tabbed document viewer using the Poppler library for PDF rendering and CUPS for printing. Support for the DjVu...

    Open Source Linux Haiku Qt

  • GoodReader icon


    With GoodReader on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, you can read virtually anything, anywhere. Books, movies, maps, pictures;...

    Commercial iPhone iPad

  • zathura icon


    zathura is a highly customizable and functional PDF viewer based on the poppler rendering library and the gtk+ toolkit. The idea...

    Open Source Linux Xfce

  • EBookDroid icon


    EBookDroid is an open source (GPL'ed) document viewer for Android based on the VuDroid code base. Supported the file in...

    Free Android

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  • Xodo icon


    Xodo is the ultimate cross-platform PDF viewer and annotator. And it’s 100% free. Powerful, fast, and optimized for all phones and...

    Free Android iPhone Windows RT Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad ... Kindle Fire

  • Google Docs Viewer icon

    Google Docs Viewer Discontinued

    With Google Docs Viewer, you can quickly view many file types online, including PDFs, Microsoft Office files, and many image file...

    Free Web / Cloud

  • Gaaiho PDF Reader icon

    Gaaiho PDF Reader

    Free PDF reader with a complete set of annotation tools. It also includes signing and sharing options.

    Free Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • PDF Reader icon

    PDF Reader

    "PDF Reader" is the one app you can rely on when you need a portable solution to work with PDFs.

    Free Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

  • PDF Expert icon

    PDF Expert

    PDF Expert lets you read and annotate PDF documents, highlight text, make notes and save these changes being compatible with Preview...

    Commercial Mac iPhone iPad

  • ezPDF Reader icon

    ezPDF Reader

    ezPDF Reader is a PDF viewer with some powerful features such as TTS (Text-to-Speech), annotations and PDF forms. Customized...

    Commercial Android iPhone

  • Kami icon


    Cloud-based PDF viewer and annotation tool for your browser. Perfect for Chromebook 1:1 schools. View, export, print and share your...

    Commercial Web / Cloud Chrome

  • Free Opener icon

    Free Opener

    Free Opener allows users to view, edit and print many different types of files without having to download specialty software....

    Free Windows

  • RepliGo Reader icon

    RepliGo Reader

    The application allows you to directly open and read PDF files that have been saved to your media card – without the need for...

    Commercial Android Blackberry

  • Universal Viewer icon

    Universal Viewer

    Universal Viewer is an advanced file viewer for wide range of formats. Supported file formats are: Images: all major graphics...

    Freemium Windows

  • qAllInOne icon


    qAllInOne (aka qAIO) is a free open-source software built using Qt to provide users an All-In-One media player, so it can view images...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • Flipping PDF Reader icon

    Flipping PDF Reader

    The Flipping PDF Reader allows to read PDF documents in user friendly interface with flipping book effect. Good looking and convenient...

    Free Windows

  • Xpdf icon


    Xpdf is an open source viewer for Portable Document Format (PDF) files. (These are also sometimes also called 'Acrobat' files...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Xfce

  • Open Freely icon

    Open Freely

    Open Freely: the Easiest Way To Open ALL Files For FREE! Edit, Print & Save All Microsoft Office Files One Program To...

    Free Windows

  • APV icon


    Open Source PDF Viewer for Android based on MuPDF library

    Open Source Android Android Tablet

  • SlimPDF Reader icon

    SlimPDF Reader

    SlimPDF Reader is a high quality PDF viewer that is only 1.5MB in size. Features and benefits: - Eliminate bloatware and help your...

    Free Windows

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Foxit Reader Comments

The last update (8.0) crash my Windows.

Negative Comment by veewinch
about Foxit Reader Aug 2016

The last update (v 8.0) crash my Windows.
I had never seen any programs that update itself and crash my Windows.

It also comes with many popup offers that is not necessary for 'PDF reader'.


No need to find alternatives. Foxit Reader now available on Mac and Linux -2 Helpful

Comment by zhouhang66
about Foxit Reader Nov 2015

Foxit just released a brand new Reader for Mac and Linux user on Sep. 2015. You can download it from Foxit website.


Ads and Foxit Cloud 3 Helpful

Negative Comment by orestesgaolin
about Foxit Reader Feb 2015

They've added small blinking ads in upper right corner and the Foxit Cloud is set on by default.


Used to like it but OpenCandys's UNinstaller is a virus so it's permanently 1 Helpful

Negative Comment by 17thEarl
about Foxit Reader May 2014

Installs AdWare - OpenCandy - and the UNINSTALLER of this is a virus that just drags you deeper and deeper in the malware mud. Completely unethical and completely gone from my system and anyone else who is intelligent.


Virus detected by

Comment by namgivu82
about Foxit Reader May 2014

This software has two viruses detected by

[Edited by namgivu82, May 02]


Download and install safe, if you use this software

Comment by Zodarr
about Foxit Reader and Ghostery, Mozilla Firefox, Comodo Firewall Feb 2014

Use the address for downloading without any hassle.
You can use this adress's root ( for browsing and downloading other Foxit software products, same ones that are available on the web site.

This is, because presently (2014.02.19.) the website allows dowloads only
if you enable JavaScript on both AND
The latter website's reputation is NOT SO GOOD, it is used to track users/downloads/etc.
See and
for more.

  • For controlling JavaScript on Firefox, i recommend using NoScript, also Ghostery

  • Also, for (amongst other things) defending against unwanted software installations (e.g. OpenCandy), i would recommend
    the use of Comodo Firewall
    (This is an program page link)
    The HIPS feature makes it the best firewall i used to date.

[Edited by Zodarr, February 19]


NO annotation and comments in Linux?

Comment by braniti
about Foxit Reader and Evince, Okular Oct 2013

Hi good app as Evince , but both Foxit & Evince do not support annotation &comments on Linux (I'm behind LUbuntu 12.04, just tested) . Luckily AlternativeTo directed me to Okular , that one has these important features.
( I know Foxit Windows version is excellent. )


Now forces you to install other programs

Comment by Churchland
about Foxit Reader Jun 2013

I have used this program for years, now worse than Adobe. It forces you to install other programs or aborts install. No thanks.


Decent, but still lacking.

Comment by Quixotic
about Foxit Reader and Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Mar 2013

I was looking for an alternative to the free version of Adobe Reader. I needed something that would let me save bookmarks as well as has multiple tabs and opened quickly. Foxit does both of these things, although the bookmark part is severely lacking. There isn't any real way to organize your bookmarks. You can change the name and order of them, but that's about it. Page navigation is a bit annoying compared to Adobe when on a laptop, and it doesn't look too great either. I've also noticed a lot of ads when you open the program. Sadly, I haven't found a better program yet that is free.

Pros: Opens fast, Bookmark Pages, Free
Cons: Ads, Eyesore, Harder to Navigate.


New versions are getting worse. I switched to Evince

Negative Comment by CopyTrans
about Foxit Reader and Evince Sep 2012

New versions are getting worse. I switched to Evince


Ads are annoying.

Comment by RustyS
about Foxit Reader and Cool Reader Apr 2012

The start page (which you rarely see), is 75% covered with ads for Foxit products. You can edit the html file for the start page, and/or delete JPG files for ads, but it's a bunch of trouble. The funny thing is, the program has an option to turn off advertising. It doesn't work. On top of that, there's a registry key you can change to zero to supposedly get rid of the ads. They probably reduce the advertising. They don't eliminate it.

Otherwise, like the program so far. It works, unlike Cool PDF reader. It's not TOO terribly bloated, and yet it will read PDF files aloud.


Good Program. Ugly UI. Inefficient use of space.

Positive Comment by Software
about Foxit Reader Oct 2011

Good reader. Has good note taking capability (Typewriter). Pretty snappy to use.
But wastes space with the tab bar. Limited image extraction (screen-cap).


Good alternative to Adobe Reader

Comment by User7878169
about Foxit Reader Jul 2011

After having some troubles with Adobe Reader opening anything or taking way to long to open I decided to install and try this out. Perfect.


Foxit Reader, like a lot of other softwares, asks you if yo ...

Comment by Venom88
about Foxit Reader Jun 2011

Foxit Reader, like a lot of other softwares, asks you if you want to change your homepage and install a toolbar: if you don't want them, all you have to do is uncheck those options in setup.