How to install Adobe Acrobat Reader in Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic Koala)

Ubuntu by default comes with a document viewer which is capable of opening PDF files. However sometimes you may find that it doesn’t support some of the newer PDF files. If that happens you need to install latest Adobe Acrobat Reader which is freely available.

The only problem with Adobe reader is that it is a huge download at over 40MB and it requires about 150MB free space in your system!

How to install Adobe reader in Ubuntu 9.10?

Download Adobe reader from the official download page. This page redirects you to a page where you can download a file with extension .bin designed for linux systems. Copy this file to a folder of your choice.

Open a terminal window (Applications –> Accessories –> Terminal) and then navigate to the directory where the bin file is stored. In my case the name of the bin file is AdbeRdr9.2-1_i486linux_enu.bin. I have the file in /home/jayson/Downloads.

cd /home/jayson/Downloads

Change the permission of the bin file so that it can be executed.

chmod +x AdbeRdr9.2-1_i486linux_enu.bin

Now run the Adobe installer with admin privileges.

sudo ./AdbeRdr9.2-1_i486linux_enu.bin

This will start the installation. During installation it will ask for the installation directory. The default is /opt. Just press enter if you are ok with this folder. The following messages appear on the screen. If all goes well Adobe reader is installed on your Ubuntu system.

jayson@jjc:~/Downloads$ sudo ./AdbeRdr9.2-1_i486linux_enu.bin
[sudo] password for jayson:

Extracting files, please wait. (This may take a while depending on the configuration of your machine)

This installation requires 145 MB of free disk space.

Enter installation directory for Adobe Reader 9.2 [/opt]

Installing platform independent files … Done
Installing platform dependent files … Done
Setting up libraries … Done
Setting up desktop and menu icons … Done
Setting up the browser plugin … Done


You can start Adobe reader from the Applications –> Office –> Adobe Reader 9 menu. Right click on the menu and click on “Add this launcher to panel” if you want this menu to appear on the top panel for easy access.

Installing Adobe Reader on Ubuntu 9.10 - configuring on panel

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