How to Install Foxit PDF Reader on Ubuntu 20.04 Linux

Learn the steps to install Foxit PDF Reader on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Focal Fossa to replace the default Evince open source document viewer.

If you want to read PDF documents, you must install a PDF reader if it is not already available on your computer. However, when it comes to Ubuntu, we already have Evince Document Viewer, but if someone wants to use Foxit Software’s Foxit PDF Reader which is specially developed to read PDF files, that is also possible. It is often used as an alternative to Adobe Acrobat Reader.

With Foxit PDF Reader, this Adobe Reader category leader gets high-quality competition. The great advantage of the alternative PDF reader: even larger PDF files can be opened in seconds. The program can display PDF files of any format and even allows annotation, filling and signing and is free for private use.

For mobile use, there is Foxit PDF Reader Mobile, if you are looking for a full-fledged PDF editor, you should check out Foxit PDF Editor. Tools such as the comment function or the marking, sub- and text-passage blocking can also be used in the free version of “Foxit PDF Reader” for a while.

FOXIT PDF Reader is available for Microsoft Windows, macOS and Linux. However, only the Windows version offers a considerable range of functions that go beyond the display of PDF files compared to Linux:

  • Foxit’s free PDF reader has a highlighter
  • You can also cut text and copy it to another document.
  • Using commenting features, notes can be pinned to text or written or drawn directly with a pen.
  • Graphical tools for shapes, lines and arrows complete the editing options.

In addition to commenting functions, files can be attached to an existing PDF document and images, audio and videos can be inserted into the text. To do this, select the desired area and then select the media file to insert in the pop-up window that opens.

Steps to Install Foxit PDF Reader on Ubuntu 20.04 LTS Linux

The steps given here can be used for other Ubuntu versions such as 18.04/22.04 including Linux Mint, Debian, Elementary OS, POP OS, Mx Linux and others.

1. Download Foxit Free PDF Reader

The PDF reader is free and can be downloaded from Foxit official website. here is the link to visit it. When you are there select Linux 64-bit, Langauge, then click on the Free download button.

Once the download is complete, click on the Arrow icon on your FirexFox and then on the folder to open the Downloads directory where the file was saved.

Foxit Reader Setup for Ubuntu 20.04 Linux

Right-click on the Tar file and select the “Open with Archive Manager” option.

Open with Archive Manager

To extract it, click on the “Extract” button.

Extract the file

3. Run the installer to start the installation

After extracting the file, you will see the installer file with .run extension in the same location as Foxit Reader Tar file on your Ubuntu 20.04. Right click on this file and select it To run option.

Run Foxit Reader on Linux Ubuntu 20.04

4. Install Foxit Reader on Ubuntu 20.04

Now you will get the Foxit Reader GUI setup wizard. Leave the default location or folder selected as this is where the PDF reader is going to be installed and click on the Next button.

Installation location

5. Accept the terms and conditions

To continue, select “I accept the license”. then click on the Next button. From there, follow the installation wizard, within seconds the Foxit drive will be on your system.

accept the terms and conditions

6. Launch Foxit Reader app on Ubuntu 20.04

Once the installation is complete, go to the application launcher on your Ubuntu system and search for Foxit. When its icon appears, click to perform the same.

Launch Free Linux Player
Start Foxit Free Reader on Linux

7. Create a desktop shortcut:

Those who also want a desktop shortcut can follow the steps below. First copy the Foxit Reader shortcut to your desktop.

cp /home/$USER/.local/share/applications/FoxitReader.desktop ~/Desktop/

Now make it executable:

Right-click on the shortcut created on the desktop and select Allow launch option.

Allow Linux desktop to launch
Foxit Reader Ubuntu 20.04 desktop shortcut

8. How to update Foxit PDF Reader on Linux

As we used the official installer to get this free PDF reader on our Ubuntu 20.04, so we cannot use the APT package manager to update and install its latest version, if available. For this, you can simply use the interface of the PDF reader itself.

Open Foxit PDF Reader
Go to To help and select About
There, select the Check for update… button.

update foxit reader on linux

9. Uninstall Foxit Player on Ubuntu 20.04

If your experience with this free PDF reader has not gone well, you are free to remove it completely from your system. Here are the commands:

cd ~/opt/foxitsoftware/foxitreader

Click it Uninstall button

Now restart your system.

Uninstall Foxit Reader on Ubuntu 20.04


Is Foxit Reader free?

Yes, Foxit Reader is a free software offered to read only PDF files with certain features such as highlighter, comment functions and notes which can be pinned to text or written or drawn directly with a pen; Insert images, videos and files; Form filling and more…

Is free Foxit Reader better than free Adobe Reader?

In short Yes, the free version of Foxit Reader is better than Adobe in terms of features. Foxit PDF is a lightweight reader that makes it quick and easy to use. It offers a wide range of features that are not available in the free version of Adobe Reader. Therefore, if you don’t want to spend money on a PDF reader, Foxit is an affordable option.

Is Foxit Reader a virus?

No, it’s not a virus. It is a well-known PDF reader for Windows, macOS and Linux.

How long does the Foxit free trial last?

The paid Foxit software offers a 14-day Trail version after the user needs to purchase the license.

How to open a PDF in Foxit Reader?

There are three easy ways to open a PDF file in Foxit Reader:
1. On the reader, click the File menu select the Open option and then select the PDF file you want to read after clicking Open.
2. Open your Foxit Reader, then drag and drop the PDF file you want to read into it.
3. Right-click the PDF file and choose Open with Foxit Reader.

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