Ubuntu 13.10 Quick Tip: How to Install Adobe Reader

Last updated: April 26, 2014

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This quick tip is going to show beginners how to install Adobe Reader 9 in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander.

Adobe Reader is available in Canonical Partners repository for Ubuntu 13.04 Raring and earlier. At the moment the repository is not ready for Ubuntu 13.10. So this tutorial will show you how to install it via the official DEB package.

1.) Click to download the DEB for Adobe Reader

2.) Press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open terminal. When it opens, run below command to install it:

For 32-bit system:

sudo dpkg -i ~/Downloads/AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb; sudo apt-get -f install

For 64-bit system:

UPDATE: the easier way to install Adobe Reader DEB on 64 bit Ubuntu is using Gdebi, which will automatically install all dependencies.

sudo apt-get install gdebi

sudo gdebi AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb

Once installed, open Adobe Reader from Unity Dash or right-click your PDF files to open it via Adobe Reader.

UPDATE 1: Thanks for your comments! I’ve rewritten a clean tutorial about how to install this in Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty.

If you’ve already followed previous steps, run the below command to install required libraries should make the Adobe Reader work (Thanks to osman):

sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-0:i386 libnss3-1d:i386 libnspr4-0d:i386 lib32nss-mdns libxml2:i386 libxslt1.1:i386 libstdc++6:i386


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25 responses to Ubuntu 13.10 Quick Tip: How to Install Adobe Reader

  1. This was super helpful… some stuff went wrong when upgrading to 13.10…now rebuilding everything. Thanks!

  2. 64 bit system also need libxml2:i386

  3. paulo@paulo-mccartney:~/Downloads$sudo dpkg -i –force-architecture AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb; sudo apt-get -f install

    Selecting previously unselected package libgtk2.0-0:i386.
    Unpacking libgtk2.0-0:i386 (from …/libgtk2.0-0_2.24.20-1ubuntu1_i386.deb) …
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

    I’m have a ubuntu 13.10 x64.
    Does anyone can help me?

    • Read what nopcall wrote.

      To install libxml:i386 you need to do the following:

      sudo apt-get install libxml2:i386

    • Use Gdebi, which is available in Ubuntu Software Center. This simple graphical tool makes things easier.

  4. Gdebi displays no error but simply quits while attempting to install. I have 32 bit version of ubuntu running.

  5. Thanks a lot. It’s been very useful for me

  6. I’m sorry but none of this methods worked for me, on Ubuntu 13.10

  7. This worked for me:

    I downloaded this installer from Adobe.com

    wget http://ardownload.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/unix/9.x/9.5.5/enu/AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i486linux_enu.bin

    Then, I added execute permission to the file I’ve downloaded.

    chmod +x AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i486linux_enu.bin

    Lastly, I ran the latter file as superuser.

    sudo ./AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i486linux_enu.bin

    You will be prompted for the install directory (which by default is set to /opt). Just hit return key. Then wait for the installer to finish.

  8. Running into error while loading shared libraries: libstdc++.so.6: wrong ELF class: ELFCLASS6. I know what this means; however the question is do I need a 64bit version of adobe (don’t think they make one) or a 32 version of the lib?

  9. I got this type of message after I had followed the instructions by Glenn.
    Can anyone tell me what I need to do now?

    osman@osman-System-Product-Name:~/Desktop$ acroread lecture.pdf
    /opt/Adobe/Reader9/Reader/intellinux/bin/acroread: error while loading shared libraries: libgdk_pixbuf_xlib-2.0.so.0: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

  10. Fortunately I found the way how to fix it and it works for my 64-bit computer.

    1- you need to install the libraries for 32-bit for Adobe reader to function

    sudo apt-get install ia32-libs
    sudo apt-get install ia32-libs-multiarch
    sudo apt-get install ia32-libs-gtk

    2- If you get a message like ” Package ‘ia32-libs-gtk’ has no installation candidate”
    then try

    sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-0:i386 libnss3-1d:i386 libnspr4-0d:i386 lib32nss-mdns libxml2:i386 libxslt1.1:i386

    Hope that it works :)

    • That last line fixed it for me in a fresh install of 14.04 on a 64-bit system.

    • Last line did the trick for me, too, in a fresh 14.04, after first installing using Adobe’s .bin file.

  11. Michael O’Sullivan March 18, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Complete noob here, please excuse elentary mistakes etc!

    I’m using 13.10 and I’ve tried both approaches outlined here (i.e. the 64-bit one described by Jim in the OP, as well as the Adobe installer technique described by Glen. I made sure to install the 32-bit libraries first.

    However, neither approach has worked.

    Can anyone tell me how to uninstall the package added by the Adobe installer please? apt-get uninstall and apt-get remove don’t ‘see’ the package at all!


    • Sorry to hear that this didn’t help.

      To remove adobe:

      1. if you were install the AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb file, run this in terminal:

      sudo dpkg -r APP_NAME

      Not sure the exact name, just type adobe and press TAB key to autocomplete the name.

      2. If you were instal the AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i486linux_enu.bin file. Just remove the adobe folder from the install directory, by default its /usr/bin, @Glen was suggested to install in /opt.

      NOTE: you need to run below command to open your file browser with root privilege and then detele adobe. Don’t remove other system files except you know exactly what they are!

      gksudo nautilus
  12. I needed to do a

    sudo aptitude install libxml2:i386 libstdc++6:i386


  13. Osman – thank you for your information – this got Adobe working for me in 13.10.

  14. Also thanks to all the other contribututors.