How to Install Foxit PDF Reader 8.0 on Ubuntu 16.04 or Any Linux Distro

Foxit PDF Reader is a free (as in free beer) and fast PDF reader for Linux, Mac OX and Windows. The latest stable version is 8.0. Linux and Mac OS X support was added in September 15, 2015.

Foxit Reader Linux edition features includes:

  • Fast and lightweight
  • Tabbed view for multiple PDF documents!
  • Support password protect PDF files
  • Zoom in or out
  • page rotation
  • text search
  • Use text markup tools, typewriter tool or sticky notes to annotate your PDF file.
  • Print PDF documents

Install Foxit PDF Reader 8.0 on Ubuntu 16.04, Linux Mint 18 or Any Linux Distro

Go to Foxit Reader download page, choose 64 bits or 32 bits according to your OS architecture. You can also use the wget utility to download it in terminal.

64 bits


32 bits


Once downloaded, open up a terminal window (CTRL+ALT+T) and navigate to the download destination folder. Then execute the following command to extract the tar.gz archive.

tar xzvf FoxitReader*.tar.gz

A .run file will be created. Make sure you grant execute permission by running the below command.

sudo chmod a+x FoxitReader*.run

To install for yourself only, execute the .run file without root privilege.


An installation wizard will appear. To install it in system-wide mode, execute the .run file with root privileges.

sudo ./FoxitReader.*.run

Then follow the installation wizard. I recommend installing it under /opt/ directory as shown in the screenshot below.

Foxit Reader linux

Once installed, you can start it from Unity Dash or your application menu.

foxit reader ubuntu

The user interface is well designed. I particularly like the tabbed view for multiple PDF documents and the ability to annotate and highlight which is something that Evince, the default PDF viewer in Ubuntu, doesn’t offer. However, one glitch is that it lacks a desktop icon. Although you can’t create PDF files as you can do with the Windows edition, Foxit Reader is probably the best PDF reader for Linux.

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10 Responses to “How to Install Foxit PDF Reader 8.0 on Ubuntu 16.04 or Any Linux Distro

  • Indian_Art
    3 years ago

    Awesome, thanks!

  • Luisma84
    3 years ago

    Just what i needed. Thanks.

  • Markerov
    3 years ago

    Hi, There. As newbie with Ubuntu, I have install Ubuntu 16.10, and I want to install foxit reader. Once I try to install with step that appear on foxit download page, why the installation directory on /home/username/opt not in root/opt folder?

    is it possible to install in that folder? because its annoying me to have two opt folder. Thanks you

    • Xiao Guoan
      3 years ago

      Hi Markerov. I recommend installing it to /opt/ directory to keep the file system organized. You can see from the tutorial screenshot that I specify /opt/foxitsoftware/fixitreader as the installation directory. You can delete /home/username/opt/ and start the Foxit installation over again.

      The /opt/ directory is typically for installing non-free proprietary software that aren’t packaged as deb.

  • Frodo?
    1 year ago

    very helpfull, thx a lot

  • Aristide E. Houndetoungan
    1 year ago

    The installation is blocked at 0%. Can someone help me ?

  • You are installing version 2.1, as shown in your screenshot, NOT version 8! Is there no version past 2.x for linux? Why does Windows have version 9 already… 🙁

    • penguinator
      1 year ago

      I am running MS Windows version 8 on GNU/Linux by way of WINE. Perhaps one may do the same with version 9. Runs quite well …

  • Sorry, its cr*p. Interface is broken in Linux.

  • Great tutorial. Worked like a charm. Thanks a lot

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