Alternatives to Sumatra PDF for all platforms with any license

  • 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

    • Compared to Sumatra PDF, foxit it's heavier, but also includes more tools for the user, as highlighting. Guest • Jun 2016 Disagree   Agree
  • 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

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  • 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

  • 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 notes, and other annotations and save them to the file, which will be compatible with the standard...

    Freemium Windows

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • CDisplay Ex icon

    CDisplay Ex

    CDisplay Ex is the most used comic book reader. It is able to read all comic book formats (cbr cbz pdf etc..).

    Free Windows

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  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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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    WinDjView is a fast, compact and powerful DjVu viewer for Windows with tabbed interface, continuous scrolling and advanced printing options. It uses the free DjVuLibre library to decode DjVu documents. DjVu is a web-centric format and...

    Open Source Mac Windows

  • Cool Reader  icon

    Cool Reader

    Cool Reader is fast and small cross-platform XML/CSS based eBook reader for desktops and handheld devices. Understands a number of text document formats, suppurt OPDS (in new ui-opengl version). Fully customizable palette, text...

    Open Source Windows Linux Android Android Tablet

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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

  • Aldiko icon


    Aldiko is an e-book reader application for the Android operating system. It supports the EPUB industry standard format for digital publications and incorporates facilities for browsing online catalogs on thousands of books (including...

    Freemium Android Android Tablet

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  • 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

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  • Comix icon


    Comix is an image viewer specifically designed to handle comic books. It reads ZIP, RAR and tar archives (also gzip or bzip2 compressed), as well as plain image files. It has a simple and user-friendly GUI using PyGTK.

    Open Source Linux Xfce

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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated; this is the reason the fork was started. Last version of Comix, 4.0.4, released in April 2009, can be still downloaded from the official website.
  • GoodReader icon


    With GoodReader on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, you can read virtually anything, anywhere. Books, movies, maps, pictures; GoodReader puts it all in a single app, right in your pocket. GoodReader lets you transfer files to your...

    Commercial iPhone iPad

  • Mcomix icon


    MComix is an user-friendly, customizable image viewer. It is specifically designed to handle comic books, but also serves as a generic viewer. It reads images in ZIP, RAR, 7Zip or tar archives as well as plain image files. It is...

    Open Source Windows Linux Xfce

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  • MangaMeeya icon


    MangaMeeya belongs to one of the most popular tools among manga readers. Features: -Supports imprecated archives (archives within archives) -Read Image albums ( Mangas, Comics, or any picture/photo album) in RAR (CBR) or...

    Free Windows

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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 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:
  • 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. Currently, the software supports over 80 different file formats including Microsoft Office Files (.doc...

    Free Windows

  • 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

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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Sumatra PDF Comments

Sumatra PDF 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by DZ42
about Sumatra PDF Jun 2016

I used adobe reader, Foxit reader
but for me Sumatra PDF is the quickest software (hopefully I found it)


No subpixel rendering

Comment by alexander_rednax
about Sumatra PDF and Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Jan 2016

Sadly, it's 2016 and SumatraPDF still cannot render texts properly.
Although it is the fastest & smallest & most stable reader for windows that I've known, for reading large amounts of text without eyebleeding I'd choose Adobe Reader.


The winner 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by steamariavonsteamenstein
about Sumatra PDF Mar 2015

Been using Sumatra for several years now. Light on it's toes, super fast and free of spamware crap and bloat unlike Adobe and Foxit. I love that it can also view EPUB, MOBI, DJVU, and other formats as well.

I wish Sumatra had more options. The options page is quite sparse, even for that being its intent.

Btw, you can get Sumatra from Ninite for easy DIY updates.

[Edited by steamariavonsteamenstein, March 23]


Adobe? Foxit? NOOOOOOOOOOO! SUMATRA PDF!!! 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by matekzsenike
about Sumatra PDF and Adobe Acrobat Reader DC , Foxit Reader Mar 2015

I tried Adobe's reader, Foxit, and Sumatra.

Sumatra is the best. Sumatra all the way.


The fastest! 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by 613TheEvil
about Sumatra PDF Jan 2015

The best so far. I really can't stress that enough.


Simple and fast 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by alexander_rednax
about Sumatra PDF and Adobe Acrobat Reader DC , Foxit Reader Jun 2014
  • opens and works lightning fast, really fast

    After using Adobe Reader and Foxit Reader I couldn't at first believe it was possible to open files that quick. I think that sometimes paint.exe and notepad.exe take longer to open than pdf documents in sumatraPdf. :D

  • ultrabright yellow background color

    Luckily, the author's strange color choice can be modified under 'Settings'->'Advanced Options...'

Why so little points? I usually use pdf readers for the very basic pdf and djvu viewing so this program is even too great for me.
Before it I used Adobe Reader (which is slow in everything) and free version of Foxit reader (which "shouted" "buy me!" all the time and was quite slow too).

[Edited by alexanderrednax, June 17]_


Handles EPUB and MOBI just as good as PDF 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by Azazel
about Sumatra PDF Mar 2014

I'm very happy that I discovered SumatraPDF a while back. Fast, lightweight, stable, and with nice design. And, despite its title, this app Handles EPUB and MOBI almost just as good as PDF from my experience. The only drawback I've discovered is inability to select text in EPUB/MOBI (SumatraPDF v2.4), but colors and type can be customized in advanced settings.


Fast 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by impossible
about Sumatra PDF Aug 2013

Better than the heavy Adobe PDF.


Great Program 1 Helpful

Positive Comment by User2760245
about Sumatra PDF Jul 2013

Very quick, never had a problem, exactly what I want in a PDF viewer, updates rarely and when it does its a very smooth process. Only complaint would be that the bright yellow home screen is a little jarring, but what does that matter.


The only reader you'll ever need

Positive Comment by StoneCrow
about Sumatra PDF Apr 2013

There isn't a PDF reader that even comes close to this. Plus the fact that it reads Kindle and Nook formats, plus both cbz and cbr formats makes it superior to several other readers out there.

Download this as soon as you can. You'll feel better.


This is what you need

Positive Comment by Babbzzz
about Sumatra PDF and Adobe Acrobat Reader DC , Foxit Reader Dec 2012

Light, simple & you can view pdf's. What more do you want? Waste precious memory? :P


Great viewer

Positive Comment by Software
about Sumatra PDF Oct 2011

Great fast PDF viewer, minimalist approach. Efficient use of space. No toolbars. Fast.
But NO note taking capabilities, no image extraction.


free, lightweight

Positive Comment by openidsux
about Sumatra PDF and Foxit Reader Sep 2011

used to use foxit, now I use this. It's better. Lightweight. clean. Doesn't have the stupid theme like foxit (it integrates better with your OS).


Hi. I just tested it and it is fast ! ;) (it seems that the ...

Comment by jdopen
about Sumatra PDF Jun 2011

Hi. I just tested it and it is fast ! ;) (it seems that the print bug was fixed in the end of 2010 release). ;)