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    Adobe Acrobat Reader Alternatives

    Adobe Acrobat Reader is described as 'View, sign, collaborate on and annotate PDF files with our free Acrobat Reader software. And to easily edit and convert your PDFs into file formats like Excel and Word, try out PDF editor and converter Acrobat Pro DC' and is a very popular PDF Reader in the Office & Productivity category. There are more than 50 alternatives to Adobe Acrobat Reader for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Mac, Android, Linux and iPhone. The best alternative is SumatraPDF, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Adobe Acrobat Reader are Foxit Reader (Free Personal), PDF Reader (Freemium), Okular (Free, Open Source) and Evince (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated May 3, 2022
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    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
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    1. Sumatra PDF is a free PDF, eBook (ePub, Mobi), XPS, DjVu, CHM, Comic Book (CBZ and CBR) viewer for Windows.
      SumatraPDF vs Adobe Acrobat Reader opinions
      Most users think SumatraPDF is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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      pbfranon Free, quick to install, quick to uninstall, loads fast.
      Top positive comment  almost 6 years ago

      49
      Atoshi It's nowhere as vulnerable to attacks as Adobe Reader, doesn't execute embedded JS, and renders documents blazingly fast
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

      10
      it doesn't support annotations.
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

      1
      danielcastelli A PDF reader as it should be. Quick and efficient.
      Positive comment 24 days ago

      0
      Notiz_Me Doesn't have the ability to print in booklet format.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      0
      Better performance and lower memory footprint make it faster to load. Can run from a USB drive.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      -1
      miromarvel The only FOSS PDF reader on Windows. Very fast, responsive and straight forward. No useless features or complicated UI.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

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

      Bundleware

      The installer tries to install McAfee WebAdvisor and PhantomPDF Business. These can be skipped by clicking Decline on each.

      Foxit Reader vs Adobe Acrobat Reader opinions
      Most users think Foxit Reader is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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      Multi tabs, stable, and very clean design.
      Top positive comment  over 5 years ago

      2
      The accessibility of the commands is great, the most important features are free. I haven't felt the need to change to a third pdf viewer. Plus, you can print to PDF when many other software started eliminating this option.
      Top positive comment  almost 3 years ago

      1
      The UI is kludgy and looks like it belongs in the 1990's. Also, basic functionality now included in Adobe isn't (or at least not easily) found in Foxit. I love Foxit's products and have a Business user of theirs for years - so, this is really disappointing.
      Top negative comment  over 3 years ago

      -2
      danielcastelli Best full featured alternative
      Positive comment 24 days ago

      0
      ease to use, customizable view, good searching interface
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      0
      Notiz_Me Has the ability to print in booklet format, which a lot of other readers lack.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      0
      wlfzsyhhc Available on Gnu/Linux, FOSS
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    3. PDF Reader is the ideal app for anyone who works with PDFs in the office or at home. PDF Reader allows you to organize all annotated information with a few taps.
      PDF Reader vs Adobe Acrobat Reader opinions
      Almost everyone thinks PDF Reader is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader.
      charlesjones86 The free version provides all functions needed for the regular user.
      Positive comment about 3 years ago

      17
      daynabarber3 More versatile than the Adobe Reader.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      1
    4. Multi-platform, fast and packed with features, Okular allows you to read PDF documents, comics and EPub books, browse images, visualize Markdown documents, and much more.
      Okular vs Adobe Acrobat Reader opinions
      Most users think Okular is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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      karlossss1996 It's very fast free pdf reader with some useful editing functions.
      Top positive comment  over 2 years ago

      4
      escobartopex editing text, colour highlighter
      Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago

      -1
      There's no form filling tools
      Top negative comment  over 1 year ago

      0
      ccxfied One of the best possible alternatives to Adobe Reader and Foxit. FOSS, available as UWP. Isn't as lightweight as SumatraPDF, but has configurable memory/RAM profiles and a plenty of annotation options. Customizable and Privacy-respecting. What else do y'want? Except if you're searching for Booklet Printing or some Pro Features you get on other PDF apps, Okular is the pefect app.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      1
      Notiz_Me Doesn't have the ability to print in booklet format.
      Negative comment about 1 year ago

      0
      Lightweight, highly functional, and aesthetic.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      0
      Lightweight, can read many document fomats like cbz or cbr, can even merge pdfs
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    5. Evince (or GNOME Document Viewer) is a document viewer for multiple document formats: PDF, Postscript, djvu, tiff, dvi, XPS, SyncTex support with gedit, comics books (cbr,cbz,cb7 and cbt) and others. See Supported Document Formats for details.
      Evince vs Adobe Acrobat Reader opinions
      Most users think Evince is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader.
      mlocik97 Use it every day, it has better UI/UX and is light.
      Positive comment 11 months ago

      0
      Light and comes natively with Ubuntu.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      -2
      uncertainquark Fast and simple. Allows images to be saved from the right-click context menu.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      3


    6. 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.
      Firefox PDF Viewer (PDF.js) vs Adobe Acrobat Reader opinions
      Most users think Firefox PDF Viewer (PDF.js) is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader.
      braky Firefox can also be used as a PDF viewer.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      1
      josephcw pdf.js cannot be used to annotate documents or fill forms.
      Negative comment 8 months ago

      0
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      • iPhone
      • iPad
      • F-Droid
      • Xfce
      MuPDF is a highly versatile, customizable PDF and XPS interpreter solution that can be used across a wide range of applications as a PDF renderer, viewer, or toolkit.
      MuPDF vs Adobe Acrobat Reader opinions
      Most users think MuPDF is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader.
      theannymspro It doesn't have several major features that adobe reader has. MuPDF just open files that's all. no options at all, no resizing, no editing, no change in view, there is nothing.
      Negative comment over 2 years ago

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    7. Xournal++ (a fork of Xournal) is a handwriting Notetaking software with PDF annotation support. Written in C++ with plattform independent GTK, supporting Linux, e.g. Ubuntu, Debian, Arch, Suse, macOS and Windows 10. Supports Pen input like Wacom Tablets.
    8. Xodo is the ultimate cross-platform PDF viewer and annotator. Powerful, fast, and optimized for all phones and tablets, Xodo makes it easy to access, edit, mark up, sort, share, sync, manage, sign, and more with even the most complex PDF documents.
      Xodo vs Adobe Acrobat Reader opinions
      Most users think Xodo is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader.
      Completely free, clutter-free interface, and easy to use.
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

      0
      AwesomeSauce32 It's a free pdf viewer/editior that has all the features that most people use Adobe Reader for. More stable. More secure. The interface feels cleaner to me.
      Positive comment about 1 year ago

      0
      It is fast and has all a pdf reader needs. Can edit, sign, mark...
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      0
      yelinzhang it can be launched faster and easily used than big apps and some alternative functions.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

      0
    9. Document Viewer is a highly customizable document viewer for Android, fork of the last GPL version of EBookDroid .
      Document Viewer vs Adobe Acrobat Reader opinions
      Most users think Document Viewer is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader.
      For android smartphones, its the best choice as it is opensource and has many features.
      Positive comment almost 4 years ago

      -1
      open source, fast, lightweight, support for many formats, many available settings
      Positive comment about 4 years ago

      3
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