How to Install Foxit Reader in Ubuntu The Official Way

Last updated: September 27, 2015

Foxit PDF Reader

Foxit PDF reader officially added Linux support a few days ago. The .run installer available for download in its website for Linux 32-bit & 64-bit.

Foxit Software announced that its PDF reader is officially available for the Linux and Mac platforms in the middle of September. Features include:

  • Open multiple PDFs at the same time in tabs.
  • Open password protected PDF files
  • View PDF files in single page, continuous, facing, or facing continuous mode
  • Support page rotation, text search
  • Print PDF documents to physical printers
  • Microsoft RMS support
  • Annotate PDF support, more in release page


Install Foxit PDF Reader in Ubuntu:

The installation is quite easy and I’ve done that via below steps in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS.

1. Download the installer from this page.

Click “Free Download” and select Linux 32-bit or 64-bit, check out your OS type at top-right shutdown menu -> About This Computer.


2. Extract the downloaded .tar.gz archive and run the result .run installer from its context menu.

run Foxit installer

Tip: Don’t see the “Run” option? Do below steps:

  • Go to File Browser menu Edit -> Preferences -> Behavior tab
  • check the box that says “Run executable text files when they are opened”
  • apply changes via nautilus -q command in terminal, or log out and back in.

3. After running .run file, the setup wizard pops up. Follow the wizard and done.


The uninstaller is available in the installation folder, you can simply run the file to bring up Foxit Reader uninstall wizard as want.


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14 responses to How to Install Foxit Reader in Ubuntu The Official Way

  1. Kaloyan Grancharov September 29, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    After the installation I add a sortcut to Foxit Reader’s executable in /usr/share/applications. This allows the OS to recognize Foxit Reader as the default pdf viewer. Then the OS allows the users to open .pdf-files with Foxit Reader by double clicking them.

    • The installer automatically creates launcher in Ubuntu and set as default PDF if you didn’t disable the option in the setup wizard.

    • To useful. It was the thing needed to make OS recognize your installation. Thanks

  2. After installing FoxitReader, It won’t create shortcut. I should create it myself.

  3. Dear Sir,
    I installed the foxit reader in my ubuntu 14.04. I don’t see the snap shot option. Pls help me

  4. when i try to install foxit software it show invalid encoding how will i solve it

  5. Some people using mint 17.~ like myself may encounter the error
    bash: syntax error near unexpected token `r205262′
    FoxitReader.enu.setup. <–my d\l version
    Simply rename & remove '(r205262)' after the version number or whatever your file has and it will install.
    Ok, now how does one increase the font size? Lol

  6. Thank you very much.

  7. I am a new user of UBUNTU 14.04. I install foxit reader of the above link. But there in no snapshot option in this foxit reader

  8. Hello Ji m
    To complete my installation of Foxit Reader on Ubuntu 14.04, I need to run some extra patch to run Foxit in French. Where could I find this patch or add-on?

  9. Hi everyone!
    I have installed Foxit Reader on Ubuntu 16.04 and it runs fine but doesn’t remember my tabs of the last sessión. Although the option “Restore last session when application starts” in “Preferences”->”History” have the tick.
    Can you help me that my Foxit Reader remember the last session?
    Thank you!


  10. Thanks. Actually, Foxit’s features are awesome. And I hate to use windows now. So I tried to download and install this software from many days. Thanks a lot. And thanks to Foxit for making this awesome software.

  11. Hi. I have successfully installed Foxit Reader but all my pdf file turns up as “not to be a pdf file or corrupted” when i tried to open them. And now i can not even find the uninstaller in the downloaded folder. Has anyone got this problem? Please help. Thanksss a lot