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

    [email protected]:~$ 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!

  4. Marius Gedminas

    What’s the point? I’m genuinely curious: is there anything that Acrobat Reader does better than Evince?

    1. Tito the Builder

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

    2. Bob Kline

      Yes, there are a number of PDF documents Evince can't print which acroread can.

    3. Joe Naylor

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

  5. 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

  6. Bruno

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

  7. Matt

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

  8. 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).

  9. 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.

  10. alvaro

    really thanks a lot! it work so easy

  11. tuathan

    thanks, this installed the pdf software fine on my Compaq Presario C700 notebook running Ubuntu 8.04

  12. Yves

    I agree with Jack Sprat.
    The .deb file is easy to find on the adobe website, and seamless to install with the Gdebi package installer.

  13. Paul Guenther

    worked great for me as well Ubuntu 8.04. Just copy and paste commands into Konsol. enter password and accept warnings

  14. CyberMage

    If it’s so easy to find the .deb on Adobe’s site, how about a link? All it gives me the option to download is an RPM.

  15. linezfanatix

    Nice tutorial, installation works like charm, great post, Thanks a ton

  16. mel roch

    AFAIK Evince’s and Kpdf’s search functions are
    inferior to Acroread’s. I can’t live without the latter’s grep search…

  17. Vivien

    Thank you very much for this. Downloading the Adobe Reader for Linux from the Adobe site was a complete waste of time for a novice, seeing as there were no installation instructions.

    This was perfect.

  18. Michael

    Thanks for the instruction.

    For everyone asking “What’s the point?”, Acrobat is the only pdf viewer that handles gouraud patches correctly.

  19. cool

    yup, this is great, though the last time i used acrobat it didnt work properly , for large pdf, lets see how this works, i always rely on xpdf or evince.

  20. Alex

    As always, thanks, works great!, and easier than adobe page.

  21. James Flockton

    Thanks very much, I needed acrobat as Royalmail had some labels to print from PDF that had some sort of watermark. XPDF printed this HUGE “SAMPLE” across the label. Adobe acrobat fix this, thanks for the guide.


  22. gergio77

    Very good, thanks a lot. Evince was an unbelievable mountain of shit…

  23. bbrain

    Only Acroread validates digital signatures in
    documents that are digitally signed.

  24. Moh

    It works great!
    only one question, how can i install the Asian language pack for Acrobat reader?
    i downloaded the package from Adobe website but i can not manage to install it. i need to read some chinese pdf files,


  25. Michael

    > What’s the point? I’m genuinely curious: is
    > there anything that Acrobat Reader does
    > better than Evince?

    I have at least a dozen PDFs that Evince can’t display at all. I have about two dozen more that Evince goes all cockeyed over when graphics are displayed. Evince also can’t fill out e-forms and run scripts.

    So yes. There are things Acrobat Reader can do that Evince can’t. F/OSS is not a panacea, no matter how many mantras you chant.

  26. Erik

    I´m having problems installing adobe and keep getting this error…please help I am a complete newbie
    The following NEW packages will be installed:
    0 upgraded, 1 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    Need to get 0B/29.5MB of archives.
    After this operation, 73.9MB of additional disk space will be used.
    (Reading database … 127026 files and directories currently installed.)
    Unpacking acroread (from …/acroread_8.1.3-0medibuntu0.8.04.1_i386.deb) …
    dpkg: error processing /var/cache/apt/archives/acroread_8.1.3-0medibuntu0.8.04.1_i386.deb (–unpack):
    trying to overwrite `/usr/bin/acroread’, which is also in package adobereader-enu
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

  27. Christer Edwards Post author

    @Erik – sounds like its conflicting with a currently installed package, acroread-enu. You could try to remove that one first and then try your installation again.

    sudo apt-get remove acroreader-enu

  28. Erik

    thank you so much Christer for responding so quickly. unfortunately, I still receive the same error.

  29. baba khatri

    this wall in installing acrobat version 7 can you people please update regarding it


  30. Phil Smith

    Nice, but parts of Adobe reader do not work. Specifically,

    view > read out loud

    does not work. I edit alot of manuscripts, and having this feature is essential to “hear” what is actually written. Adobe really needs to have this feature enabled! How do I enable it?

    Phil Smith
    Duluth, GA

  31. Matt B (Thanet Star)

    I followed your tutoiral and it worked like a dream. Sadly the install lacked the plugins to read the companies house f’ed up filing PDF so I’m no nearer actually using it.

    Thanks though.

  32. tlg

    Thanks for a great HowTo.

    Re Additional Plugins for editing documents.
    If you open Synaptic Package Manager and search for ‘acroread’ after the installation, it shows that the base package has been installed, and lists several additional plugins, including one specifically for editing documents.

    Install the plugins for the additional functions.

    Note however that Acroreader 8 does not allow saving of completed forms, only printing or emailing.

  33. Sam

    The official Adobe Reader *.deb installation package can be downloaded directly from @

    In the ‘Select an Operating System’ drop down menu, select ‘Linux – x86 (.deb)’. You can also select the language of your choice here.

    1. Robin

      Keep in mind, I am 3 days old with Unbuntu.

      I tried the one at the top of the page kept getting error message. Then tried this link, keep getting this message: Only one software management tool is allowed to run at the same time. Please close the other application e.g. 'Update Manager, 'Aptitude' or 'Synaptic' first.

      To my knowledge, I don't have anything open, I shut down the computer to start over but keep getting the same error. Is there something I'm missing. Could you email: [email protected]

  34. John

    50 megs? Why on Gods green earth is it so big?

  35. Grand Pa

    Thanks man it was great 🙂

  36. John

    The setup worked great and allowed me to get good copies of w-2 that didn’t display correctly in Document Viewer. Need to add that last step about right clicking on pdf file and choosing other and inputting /usr/bin/acroread so the app will be used with pdf files

  37. Chet

    The install worked flawlessly. All I did was follow your 3 simple steps at the beginning of this page and wait for Ubuntu to do the rest. Nice job.


  38. anmol

    nicely written and simple tutorial 🙂

  39. StirliQ

    These instructions worked fabulously!!! Thanks so much. I’ll be passing this info on to others.

  40. Albert

    Just want to say thank you

    your procedure worked flawlessly for me too

  41. Werdemup

    Thanks…working on Jaunty Jackalope

  42. oliTwist

    any idea how to down load for hte ubuntu 9.x?

  43. TomW

    Thanks a load. I needed this first thing today, and did not feel capable of independent thought.

  44. Pam

    i can't believe you are going all this computer stuff

    how did you get to pecos

  45. maxim

    Tried installing acroread on 8.04 64-bit and receive the following message:

    “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”

    any suggestions?

  46. Vivek

    Thanks a lot. Your solution listed follow
    worked very well.

    The official Adobe Reader *.deb installation package can be downloaded directly from @

    In the ‘Select an Operating System’ drop down menu, select ‘Linux – x86 (.deb)’. You can also select the language of your choice here.

  47. christie

    i really need t download adobe for some very important turn arounds in my ljfe.thank you so much.christie, KY

  48. rabea hmdy

    thank you very much for not install adobe

  49. Gonzaman

    Awesome. Worked like a charm. Thanks.

  50. pissedoffmofo

    None of this language made any sense to me. In simple terms, how do you install it? Isn’t there a one click install package?

  51. Sithole Emmanuel

    Thank you,great job guys.Keep up the splendid performance.

  52. Veikko Rytkönen

    Step 1 worked, step 2 worked,but “sudo apt-get install acroread” doesnt. Reply was “acroread – package not found” or something.

  53. rashid

    same sudo apt-get install acroread doesnt work… plz rplyyyy

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