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The best free alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader is SumatraPDF, which is also Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Adobe Acrobat Reader and loads of them is free so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting free alternatives to Adobe Acrobat Reader are Foxit Reader, PDF Reader, Okular and Evince.

Adobe Acrobat Reader alternatives are mainly PDF Readers but may also be Ebook Readers or Note-taking Tools. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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  1. SumatraPDF icon

    SumatraPDF

    • Windows
    96 alternatives to SumatraPDF 

    Sumatra PDF is a free PDF, eBook (ePub, Mobi), XPS, DjVu, CHM, Comic Book (CBZ and CBR) viewer for Windows.

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    1.  LightweightSumatraPDF consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Ad-freeSumatraPDF doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    3.  PortableSumatraPDF can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    4.  PDF annotationSumatraPDF support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
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    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.

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    Guest

    Very lightweight, always works well, better performance

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    Guest

    it doesn't support annotations.

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    Guest

    Very lightweight, enough for just reading PDF without using much resources by opening your internet browser

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    danielcastelli

    A PDF reader as it should be. Quick and efficient.

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    Notiz_Me

    Doesn't have the ability to print in booklet format.

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    Guest

    Better performance and lower memory footprint make it faster to load. Can run from a USB drive.

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  2. Foxit Reader icon

    Foxit Reader

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    • ReactOS
    109 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  PDF annotationFoxit Reader support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    2.  Fill PDF FormsFoxit Reader supports forms in PDF files.
    3.  Sign PDF filesFoxit Reader support signing a PDF document digitally on a touch screen etc.
    4.  LightweightFoxit Reader consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    5.  Support for scriptingFoxit Reader supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    6.  Spell CheckingFoxit Reader can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
    7.  Text to SpeechFoxit Reader allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
    8.  PortableFoxit Reader can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    Bundleware

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

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    danielcastelli

    Best full featured alternative

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    Guest

    Better than SumatraPDF because of Form field.

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    Guest

    ease to use, customizable view, good searching interface

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    Notiz_Me

    Has the ability to print in booklet format, which a lot of other readers lack.

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    wlfzsyhhc

    Available on Gnu/Linux, FOSS

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    Guest

    Excellent interface and qucik and easy to use.

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    Guest

    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.

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  3. PDF Reader icon

    PDF Reader

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    238 alternatives to PDF Reader 

    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.

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    1.  Sign PDF filesPDF Reader support signing a PDF document digitally on a touch screen etc.
    2.  PDF compressionPDF Reader can reduce the size of your PDF without losing quality
    3.  PDF annotationPDF Reader support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
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    Almost everyone thinks PDF Reader is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader.
    daynabarber3

    More versatile than the Adobe Reader.

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    charlesjones86

    The free version provides all functions needed for the regular user.

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    Okular

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    101 alternatives to Okular 

    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.

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    1.  PDF annotationOkular support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    2.  LightweightOkular consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  Dark ModeOkular supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    4.  Text to SpeechOkular allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
    5.  Fill PDF FormsOkular supports forms in PDF files.
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    Most users think Okular is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader.
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    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.

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    escobartopex

    editing text, colour highlighter

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    Guest

    There's no form filling tools

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    Notiz_Me

    Doesn't have the ability to print in booklet format.

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    karlossss1996

    It's very fast free pdf reader with some useful editing functions.

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    Guest

    Lightweight, highly functional, and aesthetic.

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    Guest

    Lightweight, can read many document fomats like cbz or cbr, can even merge pdfs

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  5. Evince icon

    Evince

    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
    107 alternatives to Evince 

    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.

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    1.  LightweightEvince consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  PDF annotationEvince support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    3.  PortableEvince can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    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.

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    Guest

    Light and comes natively with Ubuntu.

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    uncertainquark

    Fast and simple. Allows images to be saved from the right-click context menu.

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    Xournal++

    • Mac
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    • Online
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    • Android Tablet
    • Self-Hosted
    32 alternatives to Xournal++ 

    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.

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    1.  Handwritten NotesXournal++ supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
    2.  PDF annotationXournal++ support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    3.  Works OfflineXournal++ can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
    4.  Pressure SensitivityXournal++ can change attributes like thickness or opacity, based on how much force you apply to your stylus/finger.
    5.  Support for LaTeXXournal++ supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    6.  Ad-freeXournal++ doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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  7. Firefox PDF Viewer (PDF.js) icon

    Firefox PDF Viewer (PDF.js)

    • Google Chrome
    • Opera
    • Firefox
    64 alternatives to 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.

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    1.  LightweightFirefox PDF Viewer (PDF.js) consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
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    Most users think Firefox PDF Viewer (PDF.js) is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader.
    ya_Bob_Jonez

    Simple to use and no need to install additional applications.

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    josephcw

    pdf.js cannot be used to annotate documents or fill forms.

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    braky

    Firefox can also be used as a PDF viewer.

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  8. MuPDF icon

    MuPDF

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    • F-Droid
    • Xfce
    77 alternatives to MuPDF 

    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.

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    1.  LightweightMuPDF consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  PortableMuPDF can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    3.  PDF annotationMuPDF support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    4.  Ad-freeMuPDF doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    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.

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    Xodo

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    • Google Chrome
    97 alternatives to Xodo 

    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.

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    1.  PDF annotationXodo support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    2.  Dark ModeXodo supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    3.  Sign PDF filesXodo support signing a PDF document digitally on a touch screen etc.
    4.  Ad-freeXodo doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    5.  Combine PDFCombine, merge and arrange PDF files into one document.
    6.  Split PDF filesXodo can split PDF files into multiple documents.
    7.  OCRExtract the text from a screen capture or file and paste it into another document for edits.
    8.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Xodo simultaneously.
    Xodo PDF - comment, highlight, underline & more
    Xodo Connect - collaborate with others
    Xodo PDF - edit, and annotate on PDF
    Xodo vs Adobe Acrobat Reader opinions
    Most users think Xodo is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader.
    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.

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    Guest

    Completely free, clutter-free interface, and easy to use.

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    yelinzhang

    it can be launched faster and easily used than big apps and some alternative functions.

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    Guest

    It is fast and has all a pdf reader needs. Can edit, sign, mark...

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    Document Viewer

    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    • F-Droid
    133 alternatives to Document Viewer 

    Document Viewer is a highly customizable document viewer for Android, fork of the last GPL version of EBookDroid .

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    Most users think Document Viewer is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader.
    Guest

    open source, fast, lightweight, support for many formats, many available settings

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    Guest

    For android smartphones, its the best choice as it is opensource and has many features.

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