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    Skim Alternatives for Linux

    Skim is not available for Linux but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Linux with similar functionality. The best Linux alternative is Okular, which is both free and Open Source. If that doesn't suit you, our users have ranked more than 50 alternatives to Skim and 18 are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to Skim are Foxit Reader (Free Personal), Xournal++ (Free, Open Source), Evince (Free, Open Source) and MuPDF (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Mar 7, 2022
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    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...
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    1. 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.
    2. 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.

      Almost everyone thinks Foxit Reader is a great alternative to Skim.


    3. 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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      violoncello Xournal++ allows for annotating pdfs with an active pen
      Positive comment over 1 year ago

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    4. 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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      doesn't support annotations
      Negative comment over 6 years ago

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      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.


    5. Master PDF Editor is complete solution for editing PDF and XPS files. You can insert, edit, remove, copy, add images or graphics. Export, import, remove and change page layouts.
    6. 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.

      Discontinued

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

    7. Create, Convert, Review and Edit PDF Documents on Windows, macOS, and Linux.
    8. zathura is a highly customizable and functional document viewer based on the poppler rendering library and the gtk+ toolkit.
    9. 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.
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