How to Install Foxit PDF Reader on Ubuntu

Are you looking for a good PDF reader for your Ubuntu system? Foxit PDF Reader is easy to install and works fantastically with PDF documents on both Ubuntu and its derivatives.

You can install Foxit Reader graphically or through the Ubuntu command line interface (CLI). Here’s how to get started.

What is Foxit PDF Reader?

Foxit PDF Reader is a popular multilingual PDF editor that allows you to view, create, edit, print, and even sign PDF documents. It is available on almost all operating systems, including Linux, Windows, macOS, and Android.

Following are the steps to install PDF reader on Ubuntu:

Step 1 – Download the Foxit PDF Reader file package

The first step is to download the Foxit archive package from the official website. Click on Free download under Foxit PDF Reader to continue.

Discharge: Foxit PDF Reader

Foxit download page
How to Install Foxit PDF Reader on Ubuntu

Now select your operating system and architecture. The operating system is Linux and the architecture can be 64-bit or 32-bit. Once selected, click Free download to start downloading the package.

Foxit download page asking user to select Linux architecture

You can also choose to directly download the package using the command line by typing:

wget https:

Once you have downloaded the package, search for it in the downloads file.

Downloads folder showing foxit setup file

Now extract the file by right clicking on the package and then selecting Extract here.

Options to manipulate a file are visible after right-clicking on the file

Once you have extracted the file, you will see a new folder along with the Foxit package. Open this folder. Here you will find a setup file to install Foxit PDF Reader. Double-click on this file to start the installation process.

Foxit extracted the setup file to the Downloads folder

Provide the folder path where you want to install Foxit Reader.

foxit reader setup asking user to select folder to install foxit

Once you have selected the folder, click Next. You will now see a license agreement. Accept the license and then click Next.

Foxit license agreement window

The installation will now start. When the process is complete, click Finish to close the installation wizard.

Foxit wizard showing installation is complete

Verify installation of Foxit PDF Reader

After the installation, you need to check if the software was successfully installed on your system. To do that, go to the applications menu and search for Foxit PDF Reader.

If the installation was successful, you will find Foxit Reader among other applications. If it’s not there, consider running the installation process again.

The Ubuntu home screen showing installed apps

Launch Foxit PDF Reader

After locating Foxit PDF Reader in the applications menu, launch it by clicking its icon. When it runs, you will see the following interface on your screen:

foxit reader interface to open pdf files

To open a PDF file, click the + sign visible in the center of the screen, navigate to the folder where you have stored the PDF and select the file to open it.

How to uninstall Foxit PDF Reader on Ubuntu

What to do if you no longer need Foxit PDF Reader on your system? You can simply uninstall it with the help of some basic Linux commands. To remove Foxit from your system, go to the “foxitreader” directory using the cd command:

cd ~/opt/foxitsoftware/foxitreader

Now run the following script to uninstall Foxit:

./maintenancetool

You have just run a maintenance script that will launch a wizard to uninstall the application from your system. Click on uninstall to remove Foxit.

Foxit Reader Wizard prompts user to uninstall foxit

Once the app is removed, click Finish to close the wizard.

Foxit Wizard confirms that the uninstall process is complete

Foxit Reader includes a number of innovative features that allow users to get the most out of the tool while working with PDF documents. With its bookmark feature, you can quickly access a particular part of the text. You can also create a PDF document from scratch.

Not only that, Foxit also allows users to manage multiple documents at once with Foxit Reader’s tabs. No wonder, it is one of the best and most widely used PDF tools out there.

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