Install Adobe Reader on Fedora 34/33, CentOS/RHEL 8.3 - Comment Page: 5

This is guide shows, howto install Adobe Reader (Acrobat PDF Reader) current version 9.5.5 RPM on Fedora 34/33, CentOS 8.3, Red Hat (RHEL) 8.3. This method works on 64-bit architectures. [inttf_post_ad1] Check video version of guide: Watch More Videos and Subscribe to Youtube Channel 1. Change Root User sudo -i ## OR ## su - 2. Get Adobe Reader RPM package cd /tmp ## English version ## wget 3a. Install Adobe Reader (acroread) on Fedora 34/33 Note: On x86_64 bit system, 32-bit dependencies is also installed. ## Fedora...

258 comments on “Install Adobe Reader on Fedora 34/33, CentOS/RHEL 8.3 - Comment Page: 5

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    1. does it matter that I have BOTH adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm and adobe-release-x86_64-1.0-1.noarch.rpm Repositiry Configurations installed?

    2. My latest attempt was to download the tarball and see if that install method might work.

      It didn’t.

      I looked through /var/log/messages and I see this…

      Dec 17 10:59:07 ast180ua381b kernel: [ 9903.009436] acroread[11272]: segfault at 39c8b7f5 ip 000000004911efca sp 00000000ffd8bae8 error 4 in[4911e000+3000]

      I am not an expert, but, that makes it look like something in nVidia is causing problems. Could that be?

      About to give up…

    3. Hi again thssn dvd,

      Now this is getting more interesting, I just checked Adobe 32-bit repo and yes you are totally right, they have removed AdobeReader from repo. I have latest version 9.5.5 installed from repo, but currently AdobeReader is totally missing.

      I’m just doing clean Fedora 19 installation to see is their .bin version working and what dependencies need to be installed. I update this guide as soon as possible, I check also EL 6/5 and just released Fedora 20, before new guide.

    4. JR

      Thanks! I hope you get further than I did!

    5. Hi thssn dvd and Dj,

      I updated this guide and based on my testing (tested CentOS 6.5/5.10 and Fedora 20/19) everything works still smoothly.

      • i wonder if it is something in the nvidia drivers? i had hell with the 116-1 version for the 304xx series. I ended up having to go back to kernel 3.10 and back to 108-2 of 304xx series nvidia driver. I have thought about going back to the 88 version of the nvidia driver to see if that will work with acroread.

        • Hi thssn dvd,

          Your problem looks bug with nVidia drivers. Yes you can try older version. But anyways, this install method should work now. I have tested this only with Intel graphics and with VirtualBox.

    6. Nope… still doesn’t work!

      Dec 18 18:48:51 ast180ua381b yum[5461]: Installed: nspluginwrapper-1.4.4-17.fc19
      Dec 18 18:48:51 ast180ua381b yum[5461]: Installed: PackageKit-gtk3-module-0.8.9-
      Dec 18 18:48:52 ast180ua381b yum[5461]: Installed: adwaita-gtk2-theme-3.8.4-1.fc
      Dec 18 18:48:53 ast180ua381b yum[5461]: Installed: libcanberra-gtk2-0.30-3.fc19.
      Dec 18 18:48:54 ast180ua381b dbus-daemon[767]: dbus[767]: [system] Activating se
      rvice name='org.freedesktop.PackageKit' (using servicehelper)
      Dec 18 18:48:54 ast180ua381b dbus[767]: [system] Activating service name='
      eedesktop.PackageKit' (using servicehelper)
      Dec 18 18:48:54 ast180ua381b dbus-daemon[767]: dbus[767]: [system] Successfully
      activated service 'org.freedesktop.PackageKit'
      Dec 18 18:48:54 ast180ua381b dbus[767]: [system] Successfully activated service
      Dec 18 18:49:01 ast180ua381b kernel: [104336.042920] acroread[5530]: segfault at 88032adb ip 000000004911efca sp 00000000ffbcef28 error 4 in[4911e000+3000]

    7. I get this error msg:

      /opt/Adobe/Reader9/Reader/intellinux/bin/acroread: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

      what do I do? and are both on my system.

      • Hi VilliMagg,

        Could you post output of following commands:

        uname -a
        find /usr -name libEGL*
    8. That machine was a 64bit Scientific Linux 6 with a gnome interface.

    9. Hi here’s the output:

      # uname -a
      Linux coderat 3.12.8-300.fc20.x86_64 #1 SMP Thu Jan 16 01:07:50 UTC 2014 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

      # find /usr -name libEGL*

      • 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:

        yum install VirtualGL VirtualGL.i686

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

    10. 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!

      • 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!

    11. Works great. Tested on CentOS 6.5. Thank You.

    12. 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.

      • 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.

    13. 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.

      • 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:

        ls -la /usr/bin/acroread
        head /opt/Adobe/Reader9/bin/acroread
        • I use bash

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

          # Copyright (c) 1996-2007, Adobe Systems Incorporated
          # All Rights Reserved


          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.

    14. 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?

      • Hi Jeff,

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

        cd /tmp
        tar xvjf FontPack910_jpn_i486-linux.tar.bz2
        cd JPNKIT/

        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?

    15. Here are the direct links to the current *signed* YUM repository RPM files.

      The Adobe Reader is still there, but for some reason it’s being excluded from the YUM metadata (probably because it’s EOL). Also I never understood why they renamed that package…

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