Drawboard PDF Alternatives for Linux

    Drawboard PDF is not available for Linux but there are some alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Foxit Reader. It's not free, so if you're looking for a free alternative, you could try Okular or Evince. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 25 alternatives to Drawboard PDF and ten of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Drawboard PDF are Xournal++ (Free, Open Source), xournal (Free, Open Source), PDF Studio (Freemium) and qpdfview (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Jun 4, 2021

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


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

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      Foxit Reader vs Drawboard PDF opinions
      Some users think Foxit Reader is a great alternative to Drawboard PDF, some don't.
      You can write into the PDF, underline text, ... Similar features to Drawboard PDF even in the free version.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      violoncello doesn't allow handwritten annotations with a stylus
      Negative comment 7 months ago

      Hand written notes are note quite the same as Drawboard PDF
      Negative comment over 1 year ago

    2. Okular is a universal document viewer developed by KDE. Okular works on multiple platforms, including but not limited to Linux, Windows, macOS, *BSD, etc.
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      The annotation for okular doesn't function as seamless drawing on a PDF
      Negative comment over 1 year ago


    3. Evince 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). For a comprehensive list of formats supported, see Supported Document Formats.
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    4. 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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    5. Xournal is an application for notetaking, sketching, keeping a journal using a stylus. It is free software (GNU GPL) and runs on Linux (recent distributions), Windows and other GTK+/Gnome platforms. It supports drawing and writing on pdf's.


      It hasn't been updated since 2017, but there is an active fork Xournal++

    6. Create, Convert, Review and Edit PDF Documents on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.
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    7. 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.
    8. 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.
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    9. modern computer flatboat is a mobile pdf viewer written in Qt and using MuPDF's libfitz.


      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 0.8.32, released in January 2012, can be still downloaded from the official website.

    10. Shelf is a convergent document viewer that supports PDF and EPUB files. With Shelf, you can organize your document collection by creating tags, like other Maui applications.
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