How To Install Adobe Acrobat Reader on Ubuntu 20.04

When we download some file from the internet, mostly there are chances that it is in pdf format so we should have a pdf reader to read that file. The most efficient and commonly used pdf reader is Adobe Acrobat Reader. It is a handy multi-platform PDF software which is used to read, comment, and perform different tasks on PDF files. The premium edition comes with additional capabilities such as editing text, annotating, converting, sharing, and signing PDFs. Here we will discuss the simple procedure for installing Adobe Acrobat Reader on Ubuntu 20.04.

How to install Adobe Acrobat Reader on Ubuntu

A procedure to download and installing Adobe Acrobat Reader on Ubuntu 20.04 (LTS) is demonstrated below:

Step 1: Updating Previously Installed Packages

First you have to make sure that all the system packages installed on your Ubuntu are up to date to their latest version. To update the packages list use:

$ sudo apt update

Step 2: Getting i386 Architecture

Adobe Acrobat Reader requires some i386 packages that do not exist in the current versions of Ubuntu. Therefore, you need to enable 32-bit architecture on Ubuntu and for activation of 32-bit architecture run the below-mentioned command:

$ sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386

It can be seen in the above image that the 32 bit architecture has been enabled.

Step 3: Installing Software Dependencies

To run Adobe Acrobat Reader, you need a few extra packages. To install essential dependencies run the below mentioned command in your Ubuntu terminal:

$ sudo apt install gtk2-engines-murrine:i386 libatk-adaptor:i386 install libxml2:i386 libcanberra-gtk-module:i386

After executing the above-mentioned command the dependencies required for Adobe Acrobat will be available.

Step 4: Getting latest Adobe Acrobat Reader binary package

Now you need to install the latest Debian binary package from the link for Adobe Acrobat Reader. For its install run the below mentioned command in your terminal:

$ wget -c http://ardownload.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/unix/9.x/9.5.5/enu/AdbeRdr9.5.5-1 i386linux enu.deb

The above command will download a package in the home folder, which will be installed in the next step.

Step 5: Installing Adobe Acrobat Reader

Now finally after successful downloading of Adobe Acrobat Reader, you need to install the reader to easily tackle your pdfs. Now execute the below-mentioned command:

$ sudo dpkg -i ./AdbeRdr9.5.5-1 i386linux enu.deb

Step 6: Confirming your Installation

You can confirm your installation by typing adobe in the search bar of Activities overview:


Adobe Acrobat Reader is free and also has a Premium Edition commonly used for reading, editing, and signing pdf. In this write up we discussed the installation of Adobe Acrobat Reader on Ubuntu (Linux OS) step wise. This pdf reader needs i368 architecture to install and run properly on newer Ubuntu versions.

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