Install Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.1.2 on Ubuntu 8.04

By | 2008/06/23

UPDATE: Install Adobe PDF Reader on Ubuntu 9.10 “Karmic Koala”

I figured it was time to update my previous posts on how to install Adobe Acrobat Reader for Ubuntu 8.04.  It has become much simpler to install than it has been in the past, meaning it can be installed via a proper .deb package.  It is not available in the main Ubuntu repositories, but it is available in Medibuntu.

Install Adobe Reader 8.1.2 on Ubuntu 8.04

All you’ll need to do in order to install Adobe Reader is add the Medibuntu repository.  This can be done via:

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/medibuntu.list

Once that is done you’ll likely want to add the Medibuntu GPG key as well:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install medibuntu-keyring && sudo apt-get update

..and finally install Adobe Reader v8.1.2 (at the time of this writing) by using:

sudo apt-get install acroread

80 thoughts on “Install Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.1.2 on Ubuntu 8.04

  1. james

    james@james-desktop:~$ sudo apt-get install acroread
    [sudo] password for james:
    Hi, tried your tutorial out with the following response:
    Reading package lists… Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information… Done
    Package acroread is not available, but is referred to by another package.
    This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
    is only available from another source
    E: Package acroread has no installation candidate

  2. Jack Sprat

    Why don’t you just download the .deb from Adobe’s website? Then you wouldn’t have to post on the Planet about it when you can download it from Adobe’s site? They do offer a .deb file of the latest version of Adobe Reader, if you take the time on their download page to look for it, and it works great.

    1. San

      Even doing the above steps did not work for me. I get the same error as James mentioned.

  3. bob keyes

    Hrm, both xpdf and this version of acroread crash when processing the pdf 1.7 standard, as downloaded from Adobe. So much for standards!

    1. Tito the Builder

      evince doesn't allow me to view comments left by coworkers

    2. Joe Naylor

      Ditto on comments, Evince highlights the text but will not show the comment.

  4. Harry Jarocki

    Used your tutorial and install went flawlessly in Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron. Kudos for such an easy way to install Adobe PDF reader for Linux Novice. Thank you very much. Respectfully, Harry

  5. Bruno

    Same here, used you tutorial and worked flawlessly in ubuntu 8.04 64 bits.
    Thank you

  6. Matt

    Doesn’t work for me… I’m getting Error 403: Forbidden on the first step.

  7. Mike

    After installing acroread using the medibuntu repo, Adobe Acrobat does not appear as one of the applications listed when you right click a PDF, click Properties, click Open With.

    I’ve gotten around this by clicking the Add button and adding /usr/bin/acroread

    However, now it shows up in the list of PDF programs as “acroread” and not “Adobe Acrobat 8″.

    Does anyone know how to get it to show up under “Open With” using the user friendly name?

    Interestingly, installing this on a CentOS 5 system via RPM, the rpm automatically adds it to the list (doesn’t make it the default, however).

  8. drm protected content

    My understanding is that Evince and kpdf and whatever will not open DRM protected PDF files like the ones University of Phoenix distributes to students of their online classes. I could be wrong though.