Alternatives to Foxit Reader for all platforms with any license

  • zathura

    zathura is a highly customizable and functional PDF viewer based on the poppler rendering library and the gtk+ toolkit. The idea behind zathura is an application that...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Linux BSD MacPorts Homebrew

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  • Document Viewer

    A fork of the last GPL version of EBookDroid. Supports the following formats: PDF DjVu XPS (OpenXPS) Comic...

    Free Open Source Android Android Tablet F-Droid

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  • EBookDroid

    EBookDroid is an open source (GPL'ed) document viewer for Android based on the VuDroid code base. Supported the file in following formats: PDF DjVu XPS...

    Free Android

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  • Universal Viewer

    Universal Viewer is an advanced file viewer for wide range of formats. Supported file formats are: Images: all major graphics formats: JPG BMP ICO GIF PNG WMF...

    Freemium Windows

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    • Discontinued The program is no longer updated. Last versions, released in 2012-2013, can be still downloaded and bought from the official website.
  • qAllInOne

    qAllInOne (aka qAIO) is a free open-source software built using Qt to provide users an All-In-One media player, so it can view images, play videos and audio. Features...

    Free Open Source Mac OS X Windows Linux BSD

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  • Google Docs Viewer

    With Google Docs Viewer, you can quickly view many file types online, including PDFs, Microsoft Office files, and many image file types. NOTE: Even if the official...

    Free Web

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    • Discontinued Focus has moved to but Docs Viewer is still accessible:
  • RepliGo Reader

    The application allows you to directly open and read PDF files that have been saved to your media card – without the need for server-side conversion, services or...

    Commercial Android Blackberry

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Foxit Reader Comments

Comment by gjsiempreon
about Foxit Reader · Feb 2017 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

It's a complete program and run perfectly!


NO annotation and comments in Linux?

Comment by braniti
about Foxit Reader and Evince, Okular · Oct 2013 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Hi good app as Evince , but both Foxit & Evince do not support annotation &comments on Linux (I'm behind LUbuntu 12.04, just tested) . Luckily AlternativeTo directed me to Okular , that one has these important features.
( I know Foxit Windows version is excellent. )


Now forces you to install other programs

Comment by Churchland
about Foxit Reader · Jun 2013 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I have used this program for years, now worse than Adobe. It forces you to install other programs or aborts install. No thanks.


Decent, but still lacking.

Comment by Quixotic
about Foxit Reader and Adobe Acrobat Reader DC · Mar 2013 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I was looking for an alternative to the free version of Adobe Reader. I needed something that would let me save bookmarks as well as has multiple tabs and opened quickly. Foxit does both of these things, although the bookmark part is severely lacking. There isn't any real way to organize your bookmarks. You can change the name and order of them, but that's about it. Page navigation is a bit annoying compared to Adobe when on a laptop, and it doesn't look too great either. I've also noticed a lot of ads when you open the program. Sadly, I haven't found a better program yet that is free.

Pros: Opens fast, Bookmark Pages, Free
Cons: Ads, Eyesore, Harder to Navigate.


Ads are annoying.

Comment by RustyS
about Foxit Reader and Cool Reader · Apr 2012 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

The start page (which you rarely see), is 75% covered with ads for Foxit products. You can edit the html file for the start page, and/or delete JPG files for ads, but it's a bunch of trouble. The funny thing is, the program has an option to turn off advertising. It doesn't work. On top of that, there's a registry key you can change to zero to supposedly get rid of the ads. They probably reduce the advertising. They don't eliminate it.

Otherwise, like the program so far. It works, unlike Cool PDF reader. It's not TOO terribly bloated, and yet it will read PDF files aloud.


Good alternative to Adobe Reader

Comment by User7878169
about Foxit Reader · Jul 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

After having some troubles with Adobe Reader opening anything or taking way to long to open I decided to install and try this out. Perfect.


Yea, it's ok. But i think Sumatran PDF is even better. At least if you just want basic "read" capabilities.

I've always found Foxit Reader and Sumatra PDF to be a bit of an eyesore. The user interface isn't the prettiest in the world. Adobe Reader looks far more slick. Foxit does a better job of reading PDFs for me than Adobe, but hey, I don't read PDFs that often anyways.

Comment by Danilo_Venom
about Foxit Reader · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Foxit Reader, like a lot of other softwares, asks you if you want to change your homepage and install a toolbar: if you don't want them, all you have to do is uncheck those options in setup.

Comment by CosineX
about Foxit Reader · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I absolutely love this program. I'm a student, and a lot of articles/books I need to read are in .pdf. Gave it a try after finding it here as an alternative to Adobe, which was getting far too large, had such a slow and ugly layout, and limited functions I wanted to paid versions. I've recommended this to everyone I know and will never go back.

Comment by kramed
about Foxit Reader · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

The Fox It Reader installer changed my default home page despite being told not too. This softwares' installer relentlessly attempts to install a Search Toolbar by displaying a deceitful EULA agreement look-a-like screen. NOT RECOMMENDED for most users.

Comment by Amila
about Foxit Reader · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

light and faster than Adobe reader, allows to add comments to PDFs

Comment by RemovedUser
about Foxit Reader · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Seems that as of version 4 (I just installed 4.1.1) the 'Typewriter' feature can be used without having a watermark added as in previous versions. That's good news.

However, if you dislike toolbars and browser start page hijacks, watch out during the installation process. There are not only several checkboxes on more than one wizard page, but you will have to hit a special 'decline' button instead of the typical 'next' button.

Comment by gbonato
about Foxit Reader · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

It's light, but it tries to install toolbars and other stuff. I find it annoying.

Comment by s0me0ne
about Foxit Reader · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

I used to use this, but then they added a toolbar or some kind of ad or something that annoyed the heck out of me. Also it will not render all PDFs properly, sometimes transparency on images wont work or the layering is off. I'm sticking with Adobe Reader.

Comment by Lejnoss
about Foxit Reader · Jun 2011 · Helpful Not helpful Report as spam

Fast, but missing some features such as delete pages, rotate single pages..
Also tries to install ask toolbar and ebay-crap. Can't seem to find a decent alternative though, so guess I'm stuck with it at the moment.