Monday, May 24, 2010

How to install Adobe PDF Reader on any Linux

Installing Adobe Reader on Linux is easy. Here are the full steps how to install it on Linux.
This tutorial should be applicable on various Linux distributions such as Slackware, Centos, Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian, Redhat and others.

1. Download the Adobe Reader
Go to to download the latest version of Adobe Reader. Make sure to download the .bin file.

2. Make it executable
Once the file downloaded, make it executable.

$ chmod +x AdbeRdr9.3.2-1_i486linux_enu.bin
3. Start to install it
Now it is the time to start the installation.

$ sudo ./AdbeRdr9.3.2-1_i486linux_enu.bin

Extracting files, please wait. (This may take a while depending on the configuration of your machine)

This installation requires 145 MB of free disk space.

Enter installation directory for Adobe Reader 9.3.2 [/opt]

Installing platform independent files ... Done
Installing platform dependent files ... Done
Setting up libraries ... Done
Setting up desktop and menu icons ... Done
Setting up the browser plugin ... Done
It will be installed in /opt directory. Of course you can change to other directory as you want.
A shortcut icon will be created in the Desktop. To run, just double click it.


  1. Thanks so much! I'd already thought to make it executable, but hadn't thought to try the sudo command.
    Makes you wonder why Adobe can't include these simple instructions on their website!

  2. Thank you so much for the help! This worked for me too! Yours were the easiest instructions to follow.


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