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SumatraPDF Alternatives for Linux

SumatraPDF is not available for Linux but there are plenty of 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 50 alternatives to SumatraPDF and many of them are available for Linux so hopefully you can find a suitable replacement. Other interesting Linux alternatives to SumatraPDF are MuPDF, FBReader, Qoppa PDF Studio and Cool Reader .

SumatraPDF 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 SumatraPDF.
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Sumatra PDF is a free PDF, eBook (ePub, Mobi), XPS, DjVu, CHM, Comic Book (CBZ and CBR) viewer for Windows.

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  1. Foxit Reader icon

    Foxit Reader

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Windows S
    • Android Tablet
    • Windows Phone
    • iPad
    • ReactOS
    109 alternatives to Foxit Reader 

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

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    1.  PDF annotationFoxit Reader support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    2.  Fill PDF FormsFoxit Reader supports forms in PDF files.
    3.  Sign PDF filesFoxit Reader support signing a PDF document digitally on a touch screen etc.
    4.  LightweightFoxit Reader consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    5.  Support for scriptingFoxit Reader supports scripts and macros to automate or customize tasks.
    6.  Spell CheckingFoxit Reader can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
    7.  Text to SpeechFoxit Reader allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
    8.  PortableFoxit Reader can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    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 SumatraPDF opinions
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    Compared to Sumatra PDF, foxit it's heavier, but also includes more tools for the user, as highlighting.

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    Guest

    SumatraPDF is a document viewer, however Foxit Reader is mainly a PDF editor.

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    Guest

    FoxIT is a very valuable tool to perform excentricities within the documents attached to this puvlication so everything in the world must use this excelent Software Libre toolto view, edit and print your mobile documents such as pdf, xps, cbr, cbz, cba, cb7, cbt in your MACs, Windows Phones PCs and Linuz computerz. Greetings. Bai Bai!!!

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  2. Okular icon

    Okular

    • Windows
    • Linux
    • BSD
    101 alternatives to Okular 

    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.

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    1.  PDF annotationOkular support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    2.  LightweightOkular consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    3.  Dark ModeOkular supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    4.  Text to SpeechOkular allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
    5.  Fill PDF FormsOkular supports forms in PDF files.
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    Okular vs SumatraPDF opinions
    Most users think Okular is a great alternative to SumatraPDF.
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    If you want a basic PDF viewer, this will probably fit the bill. It's simple and ligthweight. I used to use Foxit Reader, and found Okular to be a good FOSS replacement.

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    Guest

    Because both programs are design to see documents.

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  3. Evince icon

    Evince

    • Linux
    • PortableApps.com
    107 alternatives to Evince 

    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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    1.  LightweightEvince consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  PDF annotationEvince support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    3.  PortableEvince can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Guest

    is open source, and simple

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    Guest

    not even close to SumatraPDF!

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    Guest

    evince is the best and now!

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    Holy

    It has thumbnails. Renders faster. But it's a little bit less stable and no updates for Windows for a long time

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  4. MuPDF icon

    MuPDF

    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • F-Droid
    • Xfce
    77 alternatives to MuPDF 

    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.

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    1.  LightweightMuPDF consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  PortableMuPDF can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    3.  PDF annotationMuPDF support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    4.  Ad-freeMuPDF doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
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    MuPDF vs SumatraPDF opinions
    Most users think MuPDF is a great alternative to SumatraPDF.
    Guest

    While the MuPDF library is very lightweight, this reader is more a proof of concept than a lightweight GUI. The MuPDF download is about 70 Mb, Sumatra is less than 10.

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    Guest

    This is the core application within SumatraPDF so should be faster but with limited menus

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  5. FBReader icon

    FBReader

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    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    94 alternatives to FBReader 

    E-reader application.

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    1.  Dark ModeFBReader supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    2.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
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    FBReader vs SumatraPDF opinions
    Most users think FBReader is a great alternative to SumatraPDF.


  6. Qoppa PDF Studio icon

    Qoppa PDF Studio

    • Mac
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    • Linux
    • Chrome OS
    181 alternatives to Qoppa PDF Studio 

    Create, Convert, Review and Edit PDF Documents on Windows, macOS, and Linux.

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    1.  Sign PDF filesQoppa PDF Studio support signing a PDF document digitally on a touch screen etc.
    2.  Dark ModeQoppa PDF Studio supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
    3.  PDF annotationQoppa PDF Studio support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    4.  Text to SpeechQoppa PDF Studio allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
    5.  Combine PDFCombine, merge and arrange PDF files into one document.
    6.  Fill PDF FormsQoppa PDF Studio supports forms in PDF files.
    7.  OCRExtract the text from a screen capture or file and paste it into another document for edits.
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    Cool Reader

    • Linux
    • Android
    • Android Tablet
    79 alternatives to Cool Reader  

    Cool Reader is fast and small cross-platform XML/CSS based eBook reader for desktops and handheld devices. Understands a number of text document formats, suppurt OPDS (in new ui-opengl version). Fully customizable palette, text reformatting with any font size, font...

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    1.  PortableCool Reader can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
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    Cool Reader vs SumatraPDF opinions
    Most users think Cool Reader is a great alternative to SumatraPDF.
    Guest

    Last time I tested it could not read any PDFs as SumatraPDF does so is not a viable alternative

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    Guest

    its good for a lot of formats to read

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    zathura

    • Mac
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • MacPorts
    • Homebrew
    63 alternatives to zathura 

    zathura is a highly customizable and functional document viewer based on the poppler rendering library and the gtk+ toolkit. The idea behind zathura is an application that provides a minimalistic and space saving interface as well as an easy usage that mainly focuses on keyboard...

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    1.  Lightweightzathura consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
    2.  Extensible by Plugins/Extensionszathura can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
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    Command completion
    zathura vs SumatraPDF opinions
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    Guest

    It cant run on Windows as SumatraPDF does so is not a viable alternative

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    Minimal user interface, keyboard-driven and a delight to use. However, it requires some time to get used to.

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    KOReader

    • Linux
    • Android
    • Kobo
    • PocketBook Reader
    • Kindle Fire
    33 alternatives to KOReader 

    KOReader is a document viewer for E Ink devices. Supported fileformats include EPUB, PDF, DjVu, XPS, CBT, CBZ, FB2, PDB, TXT, HTML, RTF, CHM, DOC, MOBI and ZIP files. It’s available for Kindle, Kobo, PocketBook, Android and desktop Linux.

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    1.  Built-in DictionaryKOReader has a built-in dictionary where you can look up broader definitions of words.
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    Guest

    It cant run on Windows as SumatraPDF does so is not a viable alternative

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    Koodo Reader

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    9 alternatives to Koodo Reader 

    A modern ebook manager and reader with sync and backup capacities for Windows, macOS, Linux and Web.

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    1.  Dark ModeKoodo Reader supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
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