Install Adobe PDF Reader 9 on Ubuntu 9.10 “Karmic Koala”

By | 2010/01/14

UPDATE: This article has been update for Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. Please see Install Adobe Reader 9.3.2 on Ubuntu 10.04 “Lucid Lynx”.

Adobe Reader 9 allows you to easily view, print, and collaborate on PDF files! Adobe Reader is the standard for electronic document sharing. It is the only PDF file viewer that can open and interact with all PDF documents. Use Adobe Reader 9 to view, search, digitally sign, verify, print, and collaborate on Adobe PDF files. In this article I will outline how to install the latest Adobe Reader release on Ubuntu 9.10 “Karmic Koala”.


Installation of Adobe Reader 9 requires the activation of the Canonical Partner repository. You can add the Partner repository by following the steps outlined below.

  1. Navigate to System > Administration > Software Sources
  2. Select “Third Party” or “Other Software”
  3. Select “Add” and enter: deb karmic partner


Once the Partner repository is configured and active you are ready to install Adobe Reader 9. This can be done by running the following command within your terminal, or clicking the linked package name.

sudo aptitude install acroread


You should now be able to launch Adobe Reader 9 from your Applications menu. You can find it in Applications > Office > Adobe Reader 9, or in KDE: Office > Adobe Reader 9. This installation also prompts to set Adobe Reader 9 as the default PDF reader.

11 thoughts on “Install Adobe PDF Reader 9 on Ubuntu 9.10 “Karmic Koala”

  1. Captain Canuck

    How much does Adobe pay you for creating this article?
    Like wth, with all the news about adobe reader vulnerabilities…
    Almost as bad as creating a tutorial for linux users on how to install windows

  2. Mike

    Yeah, I have to admit I’m a bit surprised at your level of enthusiasm for Adobe Reader. I haven’t tried Adobe Reader 9, but version 8 works OK, if a bit bloated.

    I usually use evince, which has a much smaller footprint for everyday tasks. Occasionally a document won’t function correctly in Evince, so I use Reader…always begrudging.

  3. Christer Edwards Post author

    @Mike I’m not particularly a big “fan” of Adobe Reader, I simply had to install it today for a work-task that required its features and realized I hadn’t covered it recently.

    I’m sure others will find the steps useful.

  4. slumbergod

    Given how insecure Reader has become I would classify this application as a security risk (not to mention bloat hog).

    I know that Evince isn’t for everyone (though I find it great cos I can read comics in it as well as pdf files) there is also the (closed source) Foxit Reader ( which has got to be better than Adobe’s junk. I’ve never needed to try the new Foxit Reader for linux because I find Evince good enough but it has to be worth a try.

  5. Bart

    I have noticed that some pdf’s won’t print using a regular printer and evince. When making a document with scribus for example, which is a linux and open source application, I simply cannot print the pdf generated with scribus when using evince. It only prints when I use adobe pdf reader. So, thank you for this tutorial.

  6. Andrew

    Thanks for the tutorial. To those that are whining about Adobe -how else am I supposed to read my online bank statements? Document viewer won’t open them. Thanks again.

  7. rabea

    i need to read more oracle books and i lose it by chance

  8. goggomobil

    Thanks. It worked perfectly.

    With respect to Step 1 under ‘Requirements’:
    Dunno why, but my Xubuntu 9.10 doesn’t have ‘Administration’ in the ‘System’ menu.
    Applications>System>Software Sources worked for me.

  9. Nicole Lark

    Many Thanks!
    I could not print a document with evince but with adobe reader 9 it worked and
    your instructions are really very helpful!

  10. sandeep

    thank you. it has been very helpful

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