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Adobe Acrobat Reader Alternatives for Windows

There are many alternatives to Adobe Acrobat Reader for Windows if you are looking for a replacement. The best Windows alternative is SumatraPDF, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Adobe Acrobat Reader and many of them are available for Windows so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Windows alternatives to Adobe Acrobat Reader are Foxit Reader, Okular, PDF Reader and Firefox PDF Viewer (PDF.js).

Adobe Acrobat Reader alternatives are mainly PDF Readers but may also be eBook Readers or PDF Editors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Adobe Acrobat Reader.
This page was last updated Jun 3, 2022
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  • Mac
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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  about 6 years ago
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    Very lightweight, always works well, better performance

    Top positive comment  almost 5 years ago
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    it doesn't support annotations.

    Top negative comment  over 1 year ago
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    danielcastelli

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

    Positive comment 2 months ago
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    Notiz_Me

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

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

    Positive comment almost 2 years ago
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    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

    • Free PersonalProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • ReactOS

    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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    danielcastelli

    Best full featured alternative

    Top positive comment  2 months ago
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    This one has the ability to mark PDFs for highlighting books and etc.

    Top positive comment  about 6 years ago
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    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
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    ease to use, customizable view, good searching interface

    Positive comment about 1 year ago
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    Notiz_Me

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

    Positive comment over 1 year ago
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    wlfzsyhhc

    Available on Gnu/Linux, FOSS

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    Excellent interface and qucik and easy to use.

    Positive comment almost 2 years ago
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  3. 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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    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.

    Top positive comment  over 1 year ago
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    escobartopex

    editing text, colour highlighter

    Top positive comment  almost 2 years ago
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    -1

    There's no form filling tools

    Top negative comment  over 1 year ago
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    Notiz_Me

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

    Negative comment over 1 year ago
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    karlossss1996

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

    Positive comment over 2 years ago
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    4

    Lightweight, highly functional, and aesthetic.

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

    Positive comment almost 5 years ago
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  4. 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.
    daynabarber3

    More versatile than the Adobe Reader.

    Positive comment almost 2 years ago
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    charlesjones86

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

    Positive comment over 3 years ago
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  5. 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.
    josephcw

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

    Negative comment 9 months ago
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    braky

    Firefox can also be used as a PDF viewer.

    Positive comment about 2 years ago
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  6. MuPDF

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • 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++

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    • Android
    • Chrome OS
    • Android Tablet
    • Self-Hosted

    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. Nitro Reader

    • FreemiumProprietary
    • Windows

    Nitro Reader offers features and functionality far beyond typical PDF readers, and makes working with PDF easier than ever before.

    Nitro Reader vs Adobe Acrobat Reader opinions
    Most users think Nitro Reader is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader.

    You can create pdfs from other documents and even from pics. It has OCR so you can edit and change what is written even in a picture... plus other stuff.

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  9. Chrome PDF Viewer Plug-in

    • FreeProprietary
    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Google Chrome

    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 utility.

    Most users think Chrome PDF Viewer Plug-in is a great alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  10. Create, Convert, Review and Edit PDF Documents on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

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