Alternatives to PDF-XChange Viewer 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 PDF reader? Sumatra has a minimalistic design. Simplicity has a higher priority than a lot of...

    Open Source Windows

  • Foxit Reader icon

    Foxit Reader

    Foxit Reader is a free and light-weight multi-platform PDF document viewer. Its core function is compatible with PDF Standard 1.7. Whether you're a consumer, business, government agency, or educational organization, you need to...

    Free Personal Mac Windows Linux Android iPhone Windows RT Android Tablet Windows Phone iPad

  • Evince icon


    Evince is a document viewer for multiple document formats. It currently supports pdf, postscript, djvu, tiff, dvi, cbr, cbz, etc. The goal of Evince is to replace the multiple document viewers that exist on the GNOME Desktop with a...

    Open Source Windows Linux

  • 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 — so it’s easier than ever to work with PDFs on computers and mobile devices. The commercial...

    Freemium Mac Windows Android iPhone Windows Phone iPad Blackberry 10

    • Edit and markup is limited in Reader compared to PDF-XChange Viewer Guest • Jul 2015 Disagree   Agree
  • 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 Mozilla Firefox almost all PDF files found on the web without a plugin. Also available for...

    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, and embedded files. Okular combines the excellent functionalities of KPDF with the versatility...

    Open Source Linux BSD KDE

    • It showed the text in the forms; something the other alternatives didn't. Easy to install and use through Antergos. Guest • Nov 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • MuPDF icon


    MuPDF is a lightweight PDF and XPS viewer. The renderer in MuPDF is tailored for high quality anti-aliased graphics. It renders text with metrics and spacing accurate to within fractions of a pixel for the highest fidelity in...

    Open Source Windows Linux Android iPhone iPad Xfce

  • 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. Create PDF files, comment and review, save PDF forms, extract text and images, type text directly...

    Free Personal Windows

  • Preview icon


    Preview is a simple and elegant application by Apple for viewing and working with images and PDF documents. With a single click, Preview takes your PDF document full screen for an ideal reading or viewing experience. Quickly...

    Free Mac

  • 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, scientific books and so on? Do you want to have program, which fast opens files, fast loads pages and...

    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 for viewing any PDF file.

    Open Source Mac

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    PDF-XChange Editor

    The smallest, fastest, most feature-rich PDF editor/viewer available * Full Direct Content Editing (text based PDFs, not scanned/image based PDFs) * Includes OCR feature * View, Edit, and annotate PDF files

    Freemium Windows

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  • 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 Acrobat Plug-in, it is much faster and lighter, and updates with the browser rather than an external...

    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome

  • 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 and PostScript formats can be added via plugins.

    Open Source Linux Haiku Qt

  • zathura icon


    zathura is a highly customizable and functional PDF viewer based on the poppler rendering library and the gtk+ toolkit. The idea behind zathura is an application that provides a minimalistic and space saving interface as well as an...

    Open Source Linux Xfce

  • 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 tablets, Xodo’s mobile app makes it easy to access, mark up, sort, share, sync, and manage even the...

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

  • Google Docs Viewer icon

    Google Docs Viewer

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

    Free Web / Cloud

    • Discontinued Focus has moved to Google Drive but Docs Viewer still accessible:
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    Free Opener

    Free Opener allows users to view, edit and print many different types of files without having to download specialty software. Currently, the software supports over 80 different file formats including Microsoft Office Files (.doc...

    Free Windows

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  • 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, play videos and audio. Features Built using Qt5 Cross-Platform (Can work with Microsoft...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

  • 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 formats: JPG BMP ICO GIF PNG WMF TIFF PSD..., over 40 formats. Also RAW images from 400+ cameras are...

    Freemium Windows

  • Kami icon


    Cloud-based PDF viewer and annotation tool for your browser. Perfect for Chromebook 1:1 schools. View, export, print and share your PDF files straight from your browser. Notable PDF works on all browsers and works best with Google...

    Commercial Web / Cloud Chrome

  • 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

  • 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 server-side conversion, services or subscriptions.

    Commercial Android Blackberry

  • Atril icon


    Atril is a simple multi-page document viewer. It can display and print PostScript (PS), Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), DJVU, DVI, XPS and Portable Document Format (PDF) files. When supported by the document, it also allows searching...

    Open Source Linux

  • Xpdf icon


    Xpdf is an open source viewer for Portable Document Format (PDF) files. (These are also sometimes also called 'Acrobat' files, from the name of Adobe's PDF software.) The Xpdf project also includes a PDF text extractor...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Xfce

    • Bundleware The installer attempts to install, via opt-out, a non-free browser bar. Be careful during the installation:
  • 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

  • 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 Viewing Clearly presented without the fluff, documents appear as they would on your PC, but customized...

    Commercial Android iPhone

  • 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 alternative for Adobe PDF Reader.

    Free Windows

  • ePDFView icon


    A simple PDF document viewer, in the lines of Evince but without using the Gnome libraries. ePDFView is a free lightweight PDF document viewer using Poppler and GTK+ libraries.

    Open Source Linux

  • 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 Open Many File Types - Over 100 Types Supported Built For Windows. Windows 7, Vista, XP all...

    Free Windows

  • 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 computer run faster; - View any PDF File just like Adobe Reader; - 100% Free; - The smallest...

    Free Windows

  • PDF Previewer for Windows 8

    An attorney who deals with a lot of PDFs set himself with the task of finding a way to preview the PDFs in Windows Explorer (much like Cover Flow view already does in Mac OS X) without actually opening them. He has searched high and...

    Free Windows Windows Explorer

  • AlternateReader icon


    DjVu & PDF reader for Symbian OS 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4 The program is based on Poppler, DjvuLibre.

    Open Source S60

  • A.nnotate icon


    Online site for viewing, annotating and collaborating on PDF and Office documents. Upload a document, send a link to invite feedback. Runs entirely in browser - does not require any plugins. Free version allows uploading a few...

    Free Personal Web / Cloud

PDF-XChange Viewer Comments


Positive Comment by berlioz
about PDF-XChange Viewer and Nitro Reader, Foxit Reader, Sumatra PDF Apr 2012

i've tried foxit, sumatra and nitro.
Foxit is for years standard on my desktop, because it's fast.
For studying i needed the notation function, where nitro was best so far, but handling a bunch of large (scanned) Pdfs it was fugly slow. Pdf exchange is fast here and it's ocr function is astonishing and better then everything i've seen so far!
new standard :D

[Edited by berlioz, April 20]



Negative Comment by jb64
about PDF-XChange Viewer Mar 2012

Freezes on install in Windows 7. Have tried to install it on 2 different machines.


the PDF software plugin to use with Opera

Positive Comment by Seth
about PDF-XChange Viewer and Opera Mar 2012

The PDF browser plugin for this product works great with Opera. Must-have if Opera is your browser of choice


The best on Earth

Positive Comment by dzid_
about PDF-XChange Viewer and Foxit Reader Jan 2012

One can scroll truly smooth. Much better than shitty Foxit reader.


The most powerful basic viewer/editor

Positive Comment by ednorog
about PDF-XChange Viewer Jun 2011

The most powerful basic viewer/editor; features that give it a great advantage over similar products: permanently rotating pages, and the typewriter tool. Older versions couldn't change document background, now that this can be done, this is my default software for .pdf files.


For me PDF-XChange Viewer is the best

Positive Comment by Oksana
about PDF-XChange Viewer Jun 2011

For me PDF-XChange Viewer is the best. I tried too Foxit, Sumatra, Nitro,... But when I had downloaded PDF-XC I dropped them. I found all necessary features in PDF-XChange and it works all time very fast. Every time I discover new and new features. For example, yesterday I learned a lot of new things about using Customize Toolbars. It's really very easy to modify. And that all is in Free version


Got tired of Adobe Reader (too slow!)

Positive Comment by WheezyE
about PDF-XChange Viewer Jun 2011

Got tired of Adobe Reader (too slow!), then branched out to Sumatra. Sumatra was fast, but didn't seem to have many features. I wanted a good reader that also would allow me to make annotations. Foxit was... ok, but I remember being much more satisfied with XChange. Also like the ability to add bookmarks in nested trees.


Tryed adobe's, foxit's and XChange is simply MUCH better.Re ...

Comment by burn3d
about PDF-XChange Viewer Jun 2011

Tryed adobe's, foxit's and XChange is simply MUCH better.
Recommended to everyone!


I like this, fast rendering, plugins for popular browsers, ...

Comment by Pablo_Mendoza
about PDF-XChange Viewer Jun 2011

I like this, fast rendering, plugins for popular browsers, lightweight!


However, after my previous post I found out that as of vers ...

Comment by mistaecko
about PDF-XChange Viewer Jun 2011

However, after my previous post I found out that as of version 4 Foxit Reader has no longer any limitations such as the mentioned watermark when filling forms with the Typewriter tool - there is no longer a paid version of Foxit Reader (Foxit Reader Pro).
Foxit PDF Editor (commercial) is still available and offers extended PDF editing features.
Just like the commercial 'Pro' version of PDF XChange Viewer.


Yes!! i tried Foxit, and acrobat... and PDF XChange is more ...

Comment by mocky
about PDF-XChange Viewer Jun 2011

Yes!! i tried Foxit, and acrobat... and PDF XChange is more better.... finally after use the free version, I purchased the entire program (viewe Pro and PDF tools), im very happy whit this (sorry for my english)


PDF XChange Viewer is much more than just a 'viewer'. This ...

Comment by mistaecko
about PDF-XChange Viewer Jun 2011

PDF XChange Viewer is much more than just a 'viewer'. This one is great for filling forms with the Typewriter feature, which is also available in the free version without any watermarks being added (which is what Foxit does). PDF XChange Viewer even allows removing/deleting watermarks added by other application cough

Of course most other editing features are only available in the commercial 'Pro' version.


It's an excellent PDF viewer, lightweight and with highly c ...

Comment by katisasoftwarejunkie
about PDF-XChange Viewer Jun 2011

It's an excellent PDF viewer, lightweight and with highly customizable menus. But the main reason I like PDF XChange is the automatic creation of thumbnails in Explorer, a feature that's bugged on 64bit Windows systems with Adobe Reader (although there's a user-created fix), and missing entirely from my previous favorite PDF viewer Foxit (it's been on their to-do list for 4 years.)


I was a foxit user, but found that PDF XChange viewer gives ...

Comment by rcastro0
about PDF-XChange Viewer Jun 2011

I was a foxit user, but found that PDF XChange viewer gives a fuller set of editing options. I generally use it to make highlights and comments on PDF files.