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    Foxit Reader

    Foxit Reader is a free and light-weight PDF document viewer for Windows. Its core function is compatible with PDF Standard 1.7. ...

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

    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...

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

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    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

  • 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

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

    Open Source Linux KDE

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    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

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    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

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    CDisplay Ex

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    Free Windows

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    STDU Viewer

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    Free Personal Windows

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    Preview is a simple and elegant application by Apple for viewing and working with images and PDF documents. With a single click...

    Free Mac

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    WinDjView is a fast, compact and powerful DjVu viewer for Windows with tabbed interface, continuous scrolling and advanced printing...

    Open Source Mac Windows

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    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

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    Cool Reader

    Cool Reader is fast and small cross-platform XML/CSS based eBook reader for desktops and handheld devices. Understands a number of...

    Open Source Windows Linux Android Android Tablet

  • Chrome PDF Viewer Plug-in icon

    Chrome PDF Viewer Plug-in

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    Free Mac Windows Linux Chrome

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    Freemium Android Android Tablet

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    Open Source Linux Haiku Qt

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    Open Source Linux Xfce

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

    Commercial iPhone iPad

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    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

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    Free Windows

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    Google Docs Viewer Discontinued

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    Free Web / Cloud

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    MComix is an user-friendly, customizable image viewer. It is specifically designed to handle comic books, but also serves as a generic...

    Open Source Windows Linux Xfce

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

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    PDF Reader

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    Free Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    Commercial Web / Cloud Chrome

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    Gaaiho PDF Reader

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    Free Windows Android iPhone Android Tablet iPad

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    Open Source Mac Windows Linux BSD

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    Free Windows

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    RepliGo Reader

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    Universal Viewer

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    Freemium Windows

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    Flipping PDF Reader

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    Free Windows

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    Open Source Mac Windows Linux Xfce

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    Open Freely

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    Free Windows

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    SlimPDF Reader

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    Free Windows

Sumatra PDF Comments

Sumatra PDF

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

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]



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!

Positive Comment by 613TheEvil
about Sumatra PDF Jan 2015

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


Simple and fast

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

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.



Positive Comment by impossible
about Sumatra PDF Aug 2013

Better than the heavy Adobe PDF.


Great Program

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). ;)