How to Install Foliate eBook Reader 2.2.0 via PPA in Ubuntu

Last updated: May 30, 2020

Modern GTK3 eBook reader Foliate 2.2.0 was released today with many great new features. Here’s how to install it via PPA in Ubuntu 18.04, Ubuntu 19.10, and Ubuntu 20.04.

Foliate 2.2.0 is a new major release that features:

  • New library tab:
    • showing recent books and reading progress.
    • Search books by metadata
    • E-book discovery with OPDS
  • New eBook format support:
    • FictionBook (.fb2,
    • Comic book archive (.cbr, .cbz, .cbt, .cb7)
    • Plain text (.txt)
    • Unpacked EPUB files
  • Improved layout, text-to-speech, image viewer, annotations.
  • Important security fix. Recommend to “Allow Unsafe Content” for old version.
  • Support for StarDict dictionaries.
  • And many other features, see release note for more details.

How to Install Foliate 2.2.0 in Ubuntu:

The software is available to install either via Snap package (in Ubuntu Software) or Flatpak package, both run in sandbox.

For those prefer Ubuntu .deb package, run following commands one by one to install it via the PPA repository.

1.) Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:apandada1/foliate

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it prompts and hit Enter to continue.

2.) Then refresh package cache and install the eBook reader:

sudo apt update

sudo apt install foliate

NOTE if you’ve installed an old version via the .deb package downloaded from github release page, remove it first due to different package name by running command:

sudo apt remove com.github.johnfactotum.foliate


To remove the PPA repository, open Software & Updates utility and navigate to Other Software tab.

To remove Foliate ebook reader, simply run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove foliate


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2 responses to How to Install Foliate eBook Reader 2.2.0 via PPA in Ubuntu

  1. The program is nice but it doesn’t read pdf format. Menus and layout are very cool. The text-to-speech option is usless. You select first and then the robotic voice that is soo hard to understand. It would be perfect if you just could select a pdf book and play it like an audio.

    Regards and good job with the blog Jim!

    Ubuntu rules!

  2. there is a .deb pkg available from MX- Linux repo. Smallest in size, for the latest 2.20 version.Installed it via software centre. Sadly, Gdebi not allowed anymore in Ubuntu.

    The best epub reader for linux, I’ll vote. One can get it from for any distro.