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List of free PDF viewers (readers)

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Aug 18, 2022
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novaPDF only creates PDF files, it does not include a PDF reader/viewer. Every now and then we receive an email about why we don't develop a PDF viewer, given that our PDF creator is excellent.
We have considered creating a PDF reader/viewer too, but our analysis showed up that developing it is simply not in the benefit of our users or us either, for multiple reasons:
  • Creating a new free PDF viewer from scratch is a resource-consuming task and we'd prefer focusing our resources onto improving the PDF creation capabilities of novaPDF
  • There are currently over 25 free PDF readers out there for all main OS platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux), the main 3 of them with over 90% market share. There are also several online PDF viewers available, not to mention that the most popular web browsers are able to open PDF files too (i.e. Chrome, Firefox, Edge)
  • There's been little demand from our users for such a program
If you are looking for a free PDF viewer, below is a short comparison between the most popular free pdf readers available:
Free PDF Readers Windows MacOSX Linux Online
Adobe Acrobat Reader DC Yes Yes Yes Yes
Your Web Browser Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sumatra PDF Yes - - -
Google Docs Viewer - - - Yes
Javelin PDF Reader Yes Yes - -
Qiqqa Yes - - -
Evince Yes - Yes -
GSview Yes Yes Yes -
Skim - Yes - -
PDFescape - - - Yes
Xpdf Yes Yes Yes -
Apple Text Preview - Yes - -
Okular Yes Yes Yes -
Slim PDF - - Yes -
MuPDF Yes - Yes -
Soda PDF Yes Yes - -
Haihaisoft Reader Yes - - -
Foxit PDF Reader Yes Yes - -
PDF-XChange Viewer Yes - - -
Nitro PDF Reader Yes - - -
gDoc Fusion Yes - - -
STDU Viewer Yes - - -
Scribd iPaper - - - Yes
PDF Reader Premium - Yes - -
PDF24 Reader Yes - - -
If you are viewing/opening PDFs occassionally, our recommendation is to configure your web browser to open PDF files by default or use the online Google Docs Viewer. However, if you open PDFs often, you should use a desktop PDF viewer and Adobe Acrobat Reader or Sumatra PDF are our recommendations.
Adobe Acrobat Reader