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I'm writing a LaTeX document and am using the command line to compile the LaTeX code into a PDF document. In Linux I would just open the PDF with Evince PDF Viewer, and whenever I recompiled the LaTeX code, the PDF would refresh after a couple of seconds.

I'm now trying to do the same thing in Windows. The trouble is, whenever I have the PDF open in Adobe Reader or Foxit Reader, it doesn't even allow me to write to the PDF file. I get this error in the command line when I run pdflatex test.tex:

! I can't write on file `test.pdf'.

Is there a PDF viewer for Windows that does the following?

  1. Disables write protection when opening a PDF
  2. Auto-refreshes when a new PDF is generated
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There's an Evince version for Windows.

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Didn't seem to auto-refresh when I tried it, SumatraPDF worked great. – ForbesLindesay May 28 '12 at 0:45
I am using version of evince, it does auto refresh the files which are generated on my Linux machine but displayed under Windows via a samba share (on a portrait monitor at 1200x1920 pixels). – Anthon Mar 26 '13 at 8:34
Autorefreshes for me: win7, network drive, extremly fast -> awesome – Bernhard Kausler Feb 13 '14 at 9:05

SumatraPDF is free, for Windows, and plays nicely with LaTeX. It will automatically refresh when the pdf is updated.

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SumatraPDF works great! – Danvil Jul 4 '12 at 11:24
SumatraPDF is good. but it doesn't reload opened file on NFS. Have to use Evince for that feature. – Jokester Apr 4 '13 at 7:16

PDF-XChange Viewer has an option for this, too. Invoke from command line (cmd.exe):

pdfxcview /A "nolock=yes=OpenParameters" test.pdf

See similar question

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