How to install Adobe Reader (PDF) for Firefox : Ubuntu (6.06.1 / 6.10)

By | 2006/11/23

Update : These steps do not work in Ubuntu 7.10.  An updated tutorial is available here: Installing Adobe’s Acrobat Reader on Ubuntu 7.10.

Recently I was asked how to install the Adobe Reader on Ubuntu. Personally I have always used the included Evince reader, as it has always served my purposed. However, as I found out, there are reasons why you may want to use the Adobe Reader. So, below are instructions for installing Adobe Reader (PDF) with Firefox Plugin:

sudo aptitude install acroread mozilla-acroread acroread-plugins

After installation is complete you should now have a copy of Adobe Reader available in “Applications > Office > Adobe Reader”. You will also need to restart Firefox for the plugin to take effect.

Adobe Reader support with SCIM
Note: If you have added additional language support (SCIM) you will have trouble with running Adobe Reader 7.0. There is a fix for this outlined below:

sudo gedit /usr/bin/acroread

Within that file change:

#!/bin/sh

#

to:

#!/bin/sh

#

GTK_IM_MODULE=xim

At this point Adobe Reader should work alongside additional language support (SCIM). In a later post I will outline how to associate Adobe Reader with Nautilus and also support for printing from Adobe.

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4 thoughts on “How to install Adobe Reader (PDF) for Firefox : Ubuntu (6.06.1 / 6.10)

  1. vidmar

    Please help!

    after i write:
    sudo aptitude install acroread mozilla-acroread acroread-plugins
    I get the mesage:
    Couldn’t find any package whose name or description matched “acroread”
    Couldn’t find any package whose name or description matched “mozilla-acroread”
    Couldn’t find any package whose name or description matched “acroread-plugins”

    Reply
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