20 Nov

Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.5 installation on ubuntu 13.04

Adobe Acrobat Reader

Adobe Acrobat Reader is the most popular player on windows PDF files. On Linux, there are native applications like Okular and Evince (Document Viewer) that can read pdf files easily.

Adobe initially launched the native version of Acrobat Reader for Linux like the Windows version. However, development was later arrested and 9.5.5 is the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader for Linux.

There are two methods to install Acrobat Reader on ubuntu. The first is to download the Linux installation file directly from the Adobe website and the second method is to use the canonical repository.

Download from Adobe server

The installer package file can be downloaded from Adobe’s website directly. It is available in major package formats like deb, rpm, and also binary executable.

Visit the following url
ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/unix/9.x/9.5.5/enu/

Run the following commands to do it directly from the terminal

# download from ftp server using lynx
$ lynx ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/unix/9.x/9.5.5/enu/

# OR download from ftp server using wget
$ wget ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/unix/9.x/9.5.5/enu/AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb

# OR download from http server using wget
$ wget http://ardownload.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/unix/9.x/9.5.5/enu/AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb

Install the deb file from commandline using the dpkg or gdebi command

$ dpkg -i AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb

Install from canonical repository

The other way to install is from the canonical repository.
Run the following commands from the terminal.

$ sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ raring partner"
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install acroread

And acrobat reader should be installed.

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