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    Open Source Foxit Reader Alternatives

    The best open source alternative to Foxit Reader is SumatraPDF. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 100 alternatives to Foxit Reader and many of them is open source so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting open source alternatives to Foxit Reader are Okular, Evince, MuPDF and Firefox PDF Viewer (PDF.js).

    Foxit Reader is mainly a PDF Reader but alternatives to it may also be PDF Editors or eBook Readers. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Foxit Reader.
    This page was last updated Mar 7, 2022
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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 Foxit Reader opinions
      Most users think SumatraPDF is a great alternative to Foxit Reader.
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      Sumatra is a good alternative because 1) wide range of formats supported, and 2) it's open source.
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      it supports many formats, light-weight, easy to use
      Top positive comment  over 4 years ago

      Foxit can edit PDF files too. Sumatra is just a viewer.
      Top negative comment  almost 7 years ago

      Free, very light, stable, open source. Minimal distractions.
      Positive comment almost 2 years ago

      If you want just a pdf reader, Sumatra is the best option.
      Positive comment almost 3 years ago

      Sumatra is open source, ligthweight and handles vector graphics very well.
      Positive comment over 3 years ago

      Lightweight and effective--always works.
      Positive comment over 4 years ago

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    2. 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 Foxit Reader opinions
      Most users think Okular is a great alternative to Foxit Reader.
      How it deals with comments is great and it's open source, on any platform I use.
      Positive comment about 2 years ago

      looks better than SumatraPDF and KDE is a respected company
      Positive comment over 1 year ago


    3. 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 Foxit Reader opinions
      Some users think Evince is a great alternative to Foxit Reader, some don't.
      tibi97427 Because Evince is only for Linux
      Negative comment almost 2 years ago

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      • 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.
    4. 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 Foxit Reader opinions
      Some users think Firefox PDF Viewer (PDF.js) is a great alternative to Foxit Reader, some don't.
      Integrated, no bloatware, light
      Positive comment over 2 years ago


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      • Android
      • Android Tablet
      • F-Droid
      Document Viewer is a highly customizable document viewer for Android, fork of the last GPL version of EBookDroid .
    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 hasn't been updated since 2017, but there is an active fork Xournal++

    6. 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 for viewing any PDF file.
    7. zathura is a highly customizable and functional document viewer based on the poppler rendering library and the gtk+ toolkit.
      This alternative is disputed. zathura is still a legitimate alternative to Foxit Reader, but it might have issues that some users think are important.
    8. A simple PDF Reader built using Electron and PDF.js.
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