Lightweight PDF, XPS Viewer MuPDF 1.11 RC1 Released

Last updated: April 6, 2017

MuPDF Ubuntu 16.04

MuPDF, a lightweight PDF, XPS, and E-book viewer, has reached the 1.11 rc1 release with mainly bug-fixes and some new features.

The MuPDF viewer is small, fast, yet complete. It supports many document formats, such as PDF, XPS, OpenXPS, CBZ, EPUB, and FictionBook 2. It offers command line tools that allow you to annotate, edit, and convert documents to other formats such as HTML, SVG, PDF, and CBZ.

New features in MuPDF 1.11:

  • PDF portfolio support with command line tool “mutool portfolio”.
  • Add callbacks to load fallback fonts from the system.
  • Use system fonts in Android to reduce install size.
  • Flag to disable publisher styles in EPUB layout.
  • Improved SVG output.

How to Install MuPDF 1.11 in Ubuntu / Linux Mint:

Besides building the tool from source, there’s an unofficial PPA with the packages for Ubuntu 16.04, Ubuntu 16.10, Ubuntu 17.04, and their derivatives.

1. Open terminal by pressing Ctrl+Alt+T or searching for “Terminal” from start menu. When it opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps

Type in password (no visual feedback due to security reason) when it asks and hit Enter.

2. Then install mupdf and mupdf-tools packages either via Synaptic Package Manager or by running following commands in terminal:

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install mupdf mupdf-tools

If you have a previous release installed, simply launch Software Updater to upgrade the tool after checking for updates.

To use the PDF/XPS viewer, right-click on your file and select open with MuPDF. You can also set MuPDF as default in the Properties window.


To restore MuPDF to the stock version available in your Ubuntu’s main archive, run command in terminal to purge the PPA:

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/apps


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