Install Foxit PDF Reader on Ubuntu 20.04

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In our today’s guide, we are going to learn how to install Foxit PDF reader on Ubuntu 20.04. Foxit PDF reader is available in both Free and Enterprise editions. Some of the features provided by Foxit PDF reader include but not limited to;

  • Intuitive User Interface
  • Customize Toolbar
  • Touch Screen Support
  • PDF Portfolios
  • Form Filling
  • Form Data Import/Export
  • Participate in Shared Review
  • Comments Tools
  • Manage Comments
  • Insert Images, Videos, and Files
  • SharePoint Integration
  • Share PDFs
  • OneDrive, Google Drive, and Dropbox Integration

Read more Foxit reader features page.

Installing Foxit PDF Reader on Ubuntu 20.04

Download Foxit Linux Installer

Navigate to Foxit reader page and grab the installer for Linux architecture. You can simply download the installer by running the commands below as per your system architecture;

To check your system architecture, run either of the commands below;

uname -p

Both commands will get you the same output;


Once you confirm that, download the appropriate installer.

You can make the downloading simple by obtaining the link of the installer and pull it using wget command. For example to download an installer for a 64 bit system;


Extract the Installer

Once the download is complete, you can extract the Foxit Reader installer by running the command below;

tar xzf

Installing Foxit PDF Reader

After extraction, you should have an installer in place;

 ls -alh
-rwxr-xr-x 1 gentoo gentoo 85M Sep 11 2018 'FoxitReader.enu.setup.'
-rw-rw-r-- 1 gentoo gentoo 71M Sep 14 2018

Execute the installer to install Foxit Reader on Ubuntu 20.04. Before you can initiate the installation, ensure that the installer is executable, -rwxr-xr-x. You can make the installer executable by running the command below;

chmod 755 'FoxitReader.enu.setup.'

Once that is done, initialize the installation;

If you are going to install it on your home dirrectory or any directory writeable the user running the installer;


Otherwise, if you are going to install it on a directory not writeable by the user;

sudo ./FoxitReader.enu.setup.*.run

When the installer runs, the installation setup wizard pops up;

Select the installation path. In this demo, we choose the /opt directory.

Install Foxit PDF Reader on Ubuntu 20.04

Accept the end user License Agreement to enable you proceed with installation;


Click Next to run the installation.

install progress

Once done, click Finish to close the installation wizard.

Launching Foxit Reader

You can now launch Foxit reader from activities.

You can choose to make it your default PDF reader when prompted.

You can now start using Foxit PDF reader to manager your PDF files on your Ubuntu 20.04.

Uninstall Foxit PDF Reader Ubuntu

Do you want to uninstall Foxit PDF reader? Simply run the Uninstall.desktop script. The script is located in the installation folder your set while installing it. For example, in our setup, you would simply run the command;


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4 thoughts on “Install Foxit PDF Reader on Ubuntu 20.04”

  1. I got the installer extracted, and ‘ls -alh’ shows that its executable, but both ‘./FoxitReader.enu.setup.*.run’ and ‘sudo ./FoxitReader.enu.setup.*.run’ give the same error. QXcbConnection: Could not connect to display
    Aborted (core dumped)

    I’m guessing my computer won’t let Ubuntu open the installation wizard. I’m running Ubuntu 20.04 on windows 10. Not sure how to get around this, any help is appreciate. Thanks!

  2. It always crash, and even imapirs the behaviour of any browser. Cannot find info or guide to uninstall it.

  3. It missed up my screen after login which turned now to a blue screen and I could not fix it.
    Display does not work so I can not run the Uninstall.desktop.

    Is there another way to remove it?



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