How to install Adobe Reader on Ubuntu 13.10

Question: How can I install Adobe Reader on Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander)?

Adobe provides an executable full installer, as well as .deb and .rpm packages for Linux version of Adobe Reader. As of this writing, the "Canonical Partners" repository is not updated with Ubuntu 13.10, so you cannot install Adobe Reader from the Canonical Partner repository like on previous versions of Ubuntu.

On Ubuntu 13.10, you can instead install the official .deb package of Adobe Reader. But one thing is that the official .deb package is 32-bit version. Therefore, if you are using 64-bit Linux, you need to install additional 32-bit libraries. Here is how to install Adobe Reader on Ubuntu 13.10.

Go to http://get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/, and download .deb package.

If you cannot find the .deb package from the website, you can use this command to download .deb package from the command line.

$ wget http://ardownload.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/unix/9.x/9.5.5/enu/AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb

Use dpkg command to install .deb package.

$ sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb

Note that the above command will not succeed in one shot, due to unmet dependency requirements. It will fail with the following errors.

Don't worry. Go ahead and run the following command. This will automatically fix broken dependencies, and install Adobe Reader.

$ sudo apt-get -f install

If you are running 32-bit Ubuntu, you are done at this point. If you are using 64-bit Ubuntu, there is one additional step needed, as explained below.

Additional Step for 64-bit Ubuntu

As mentioned earlier, the .deb package released by Adobe is 32-bit version, so Adobe Reader expects to use 32-bit libraries. To resolve this issue, run the following command to install necessary 32-bit libraries manually.

$ sudo apt-get install libxml2:i386 lib32stdc++6

Now you can launch Adobe Reader.

$ acroread doc.pdf

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11 thoughts on “How to install Adobe Reader on Ubuntu 13.10

  1. i am not able to install adobe on my computer due to unknown errors. I downloaded the correct package and installed it as instructed but it still doesn't want to install. please help

  2. I am a Linux newbie, and I just put Ubuntu 13.10 on a laptop.

    When I downloaded AdbeRdr9.5.5.deb it was put in my downloads folder. The first command given in these instructions evidently does not access that folder.

    Where should I put a copy of the .deb file so it will be located (and how do I put a copy in that location)?

    I really am new to this OS. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

    • Open a terminal, and then type the following to go to Downloads folder.

      $ cd Downloads

      Then you should be able to install .deb file which is stored in that folder.

  3. I have Ubuntu 13.10 64-bit version and these instructions do not work for me. When I run 'sudo apt-get -f install', it actually removes the package.

    dt@computer:~/Downloads$ sudo apt-get -f install
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    Correcting dependencies... Done
    The following packages will be REMOVED:
    adobereader-enu:i386
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    1 not fully installed or removed.
    After this operation, 188 MB disk space will be freed.
    Do you want to continue [Y/n]?
    Unknown configuration key `foreign-architecture' found in your `dpkg'
    configuration files. This warning will become a hard error at a later
    date, so please remove the offending configuration options and replace
    them with `dpkg --add-architecture' invocations at the command line.

    (Reading database ... 184496 files and directories currently installed.)
    Removing adobereader-enu ...
    Processing triggers for man-db ...

  4. Too bad, get.adobe.com/reader/otherversions/ does not offer deb or other linux packages anymore... Adobe sucks. And the French government that offers their download forms only in a PDF format that 'needs' the official Adobe Reader... :(

    • It seems the following url still works:

      $ wget http://ardownload.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/unix/9.x/9.5.5/enu/AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb
      
  5. In Mint 17 i get this -
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    Building data structures... Done
    Building data structures... Done
    This package is uninstallable
    Cannot install 'libgtk2.0-0:i386'

  6. I was able to successfully install Reader on a laptop running Linux Mint 17 today. It installed with no issues and did not require the "sudo apt-get -f install" command (the extra 32-bit libraries may have already been installed due to my installation of MySQL [32-bit version]).

  7. Thanks, I installed it on my laptop with UberStudent 4.0.
    When I did "sudo dpkg ..." there were no error messages! And when "sudo apt-get -f ...." the output was 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 6 not upgraded.
    It seems everything is working OK :-)

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