Installing Adobe Reader on Debian/Jessie

Once in a while you need to deal with fancier PDF files which may allow you to type in using forms, but Linux applications like Okular might not be fully capable of handling Adobe’s proprietary features. In such an unfortunate event, you might need to use Adobe Reader.

Go to the FTP download site on Adobe and download the version you wish to install. Here the version 9.x is assumed:

$ wget
$ sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-0:i386 libxml2:i386 libstdc++6:i386
$ sudo dpkg -i AdbeRdr9*.deb

If the installation doesn’t fully complete, you might need to do

$ sudo apt-get -f install

to install the rest of missing packages.

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19 Responses to Installing Adobe Reader on Debian/Jessie

  1. Carlos says:

    Installed on the Linux debian Jessie without problem

  2. Jakub says:

    Thank you. This good tip.

  3. Dada says:

    Merci l’ami ! :)

    • Youssef says:

      Bonjour, est-ce-que c’est toi Dada, un ami que j’avais en première terminale, c’est youssef si tu te rappelle de moi. Fais signe, I missed the old days !

  4. Roberto (Brasil) says:


  5. Fernando says:

    Thanks guy!!

  6. Jessica says:

    perfect. Every line performs its task perfectly. I managed to install beautifully adobe reader to edit PDF documents with your browser and send direct copy with watermark thanks

  7. Felipe says:

    You can execute and run acrobat in a shell with the command: “acroread”
    Thanks and cheers!

  8. abc says:

    thank you!

  9. Bob says:

    Worked well on Linux Mint Debian “Betsy.” Thanks very much.

  10. Luiz F. Santos says:

    Obrigado pela brilhante dica!

  11. Balpo says:

    Thank you, this was simple and very useful.

  12. Alessandro T says:

    Thank you!!!! Perfect!

  13. Vinix says:

    Would it be ok if I have a amd64 archtecture?

    • Taro says:

      Vinix — It should be fine. By using dpkg --add-architecture i386, both amd64 and i386 architectures can co-exist.

  14. Andrei Burichita says:

    Thanks ….it worked 😀

  15. Leandro says:

    Thank you!

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