Install Adobe Reader on Fedora 21/20, CentOS/RHEL 7/6.6/5.11

This is guide shows, howto install Adobe Reader (Acrobat PDF Reader) current version 9.5.5 RPM on Fedora 21/20/19/18/17/16/15/14/13/12, CentOS 7/6.6/5.11, Red Hat (RHEL) 7/6.6/5.11. This method works both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.

Note: Before it was possible install Adobe Reader using YUM, but currently there is not Adobe Reader in their 32-bit repo, so here is updated installation guide to get Adobe Reader working.

1. Change Root User

2. Get Adobe Reader RPM package

If you want other language version, then goto Adobe site and download it first.

3a. Install Adobe Reader (acroread) on Fedora 21/20/19

Note: On x86_64 bit system, 32-bit dependencies is also installed.

3b. Install Adobe Reader (acroread) on CentOS/Red Hat (RHEL) 7

Note: On x86_64 bit system, 32-bit dependencies is also installed.

3c. Install Adobe Reader (acroread) on CentOS 6.6 and Red Hat (RHEL) 6.6

Note: On x86_64 bit system, 32-bit dependencies is also installed.

3d. Install Adobe Reader (acroread) on CentOS 5.11 and Red Hat (RHEL) 5.11

Note: On x86_64 bit system, 32-bit dependencies is also installed.

4. Start Adobe Reader (acroread)

Find Adode Reader on “Office Menu”.
Or
Start Adobe Reader with following command.

5. Adobe Reader Screenshots

Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader 9.5.5 Running on CentOS 7 64-bit:

Acrobat Reader Running on CentOS 7

Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader 9.5.5 Running on Fedora 20 64-bit:

Adobe Reader running on Fedora 20 64-bit

Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader 9.5.5 Running on CentOS 5.10 64-bit:

Adobe Reader running on CentOS 5.10 64-bit

6. Install Adobe Reader (Acrobat PDF Reader) Browser Plugin

This is not currently working on CentOS 7.

Simplest way is copy nppdf.so to browser plugins directory:

32-bit Adobe Reader browser plugin on Firefox Fedora 20 64-bit

Adobe Reader browser plugin running on Firefox 64-bit (Fedora 20)

32-bit Adobe Reader browser plugin on CentOS 5.10 Firefox 24.2 64-bit

Adobe Reader browser plugin running on Firefox 64-bit (CentOS 5.10)

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138 Comments

  1. Hi here’s the output:

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    • Hi again VilliMagg,

      Sorry for the late reply. Looks like that Adobe Reader 32-bit doesn’t like nvidia-bumblebee drivers.

      You could try to install VirtualGL 64-bit and 32-bit with following command:

      Then try start acroread again, please let me know is it working or not?

      Reply
  2. Hi thanks for not giving up on me. The VirtualGL packages were already installed on my system. Primus is also installed.

    But after reading your answer I tried optirun acroread and it sure worked after that. I just didn’t think that I needed to run Adobe Reader using the optirun command.

    Thank you!

    Reply
    • You are welcome! Nice to hear that you got it working with optirun. So this is good tip to everyone who have problems to run Adobe Reader with Nvidia Optimus and bumblebee. Thanks!

      Reply
  3. Works great. Tested on CentOS 6.5. Thank You.

    Reply
  4. For those who don’t want to spend a lot of time typing in a terminal window:

    The easiest way to install Acrobat Reader for 32 bit Fedora is go to the Acrobat Reader page, select “Do you have a different language or operating system?”. Step 1: select an operating system, Step 2: select a language, Step 3: select the .rpm version. Click the download button. Go to your download folder and right-click choosing YUM extender package installer. You will be prompted for your root password, then click OK on the installer window.

    Reply
    • Hi Sven,

      Thanks. Yes Yumex is handy, but you have to install it first. I normally try to write guides which are as universal as possible (same guide works on Fedora, CentOS, RHEL, SL). And many Linux users want to use command line to see what really happens and how things work.

      After all, the most important thing for me is that everyone can get programs installed. Someone may want to learn something new and someone wants to make it as easy as possible.

      Reply
  5. On CentOS 6.5:

    /usr/bin/acroread must be executed from the startup script.

    If I do a sh -x /usr/bin/acroread, the last line of output:

    /opt/Adobe/Reader9/bin/acroread must be executed from the startup script.

    Reply
    • Hi Pete,

      Sorry, it took a while to reply, because I tested this on clean installed CentOS 6.5 and Adobe Reader starts normally without errors. So it’s interesting why you get this error.

      What shell do you use?

      Then could you post output of following commands:

      Reply
      • I use bash

        lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 29 May 6 14:16 /usr/local/bin/acroread -> ../Adobe/Reader9/bin/acroread

        #!/bin/sh
        #
        # Copyright (c) 1996-2007, Adobe Systems Incorporated
        # All Rights Reserved
        #

        ver=”9.5.5″

        if [ “$1″ = “-version” ]; then

        I have found that the error happens when the user’s home is nfs mounted, which all are. I tested with
        a test account on a local filesystem and it worked.

        Reply
  6. I need to use Acrobat to fill in some PDF forms, but it complains that I need the Japanese language font packs? Is there a way to install those on linux?

    Reply
    • Hi Jeff,

      I haven’t installed font packs earlier, but try following (as root):

      Then follow installer questions. Latest version of this FontPack is 9.1, but I assume that it works with latest Adobe Reader, because Adobe haven’t updated it…

      Is it working then?

      Reply
  7. I tried to install acrobat reader on CentOs 7. I got the following error:

    Error: Package: AdobeReader_enu-9.5.5-1.i486 (/AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i486linux_enu)
    Requires: libpangox-1.0.so.0
    You could try using –skip-broken to work around the problem

    I tried –skip-broken option and then I got this error:

    Packages skipped because of dependency problems:
    AdobeReader_enu-9.5.5-1.i486 from /AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i486linux_enu

    Any suggestions? Thank you!

    Reply
    • I’ve solved it with

      which installs pangox-compat.i686:0.0.2-2.el7 and its dependences. This after installing pangox-compat-0.0.2-2.el7.x86_64.rpm from pbone rpms, though I’m not sure if needed. Looks like it needs both versions.

      Reply
    • I see all the Linux Guru’s are ignoring this problem. Very Annoying when a company that has always supported linux all of a sudden dumps it for another OS. Not saying Adobe’s management is dumb but bad move dudes. If they don’t want to support Windows Fonts, apparently that is all libpangox is? Why include it in the package? Because MS had them install it? Linux isn’t a desktop environment after all is it? And apparently we have no hot shot linux types that can figure this one out? (That is not a put down, it’s a challenge guys!) Let resolve this bitch and get on with our lives. What little I have left.

      Reply
    • Hi layz, Fernando and PadreKing,

      I updated this guide to work better with CentOS 7. You have to add nux-dextop repo to get right pangox-compat i686 package.

      I tested this on clean CentOS 7 installation and it’s working for me. Please let me know if you have still problems with it.

      Reply
  8. Hello,
    I got it working under Fedora 20/64 a few months ago.
    Now I’m not sure why it doesn’t start for a regular user, just dies silently, no traces in logs.

    Just shown in the invoking terminal:
    (acroread:5824): Gtk-WARNING **: Unable to locate theme engine in module_path: “adwaita”.

    But if launched from the root account it works (despite that warning). So it should be a permissions problem, but I wonder where/what is it not liking. Any hints ?
    Thanks !

    Reply
    • I answer my concern about the adwaita module at least:

      or simply:

      Reply
      • Also found & did:

        For what it helps (Fedora 20/64). This get rid of:
        Gtk-Message: Failed to load module “pk-gtk-module”

        Reply
        • Hi David,

          Actually all these packages are already listed on guide, check step 3a.

          Reply
  9. Having the same issue as layz. These instructions in 3A have no mention of libpangox-1.0.so.0, or pango or PangoX or whatever it is. There is a libpango-1.0.so.0 (no ‘x’) on a fresh CentOS 7 installation but that’s of no help.

    Reply
    • Hi Dave,

      If you still have this problem you could check my earlier comment.

      Reply

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