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How can I view pdfs in the browser in Ubuntu? I've found a solution to use

apt-get install acroread mozilla-acroread acroread-plugins

but that doesn't seem to work anymore, it says "couldn't find package". Anyone know how to get this working? Right now I have to download the pdf.

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You can try using Greasemonkey (click here to install) and the PDF/PPT/TIF viewer with Google docs script (click here to add to GreaseMonkey). It will load all PDFs into Google Docs Viewer.

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thanks, two easy steps :-) – GiH Nov 14 '09 at 0:58

This worked for me on 10.10: sudo apt-get install mozplugger

I think I had acroread installed (not sure, since it wasn't working), so I had to tweak mozplugger a bit to get it to work by adding a single line: repeat noisy swallow(evince) fill: evince "$file"

So my file looks like:

sudo gedit /etc/mozpluggerrc

text/x-pdf:pdf:PDF file
    repeat noisy swallow(evince) fill: evince "$file"
    repeat noisy fill exits: evince "$file"

    application/x-dvi:dvi:DVI file [...]

Restarted Firefox, works great. (in FF, under edit > preferences > applications > PDF Document, it says "Use MozPlugger 1.13.3 handler")

(sorry to bring up an an old post, but this popped up on a google search for me)

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Have you tried the PDFvue add-in for Firefox? I believe it is in experimental currently. :)

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Enable extra repo sources as mentioned here. Once the extra repos have been loaded, try the command you used above, i.e, apt-get install acroread mozilla-acroread acroread-plugins.

If this doesn't help, add Canonical partner repo under System->Administration->Software Sources->Third Party Software.

The option should look like this:


Distrubution: jaunty

Components: partner
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thanks, that found acroread, but not mozilla-acroread or acroread-plugins. – GiH Nov 14 '09 at 0:36
Try downloading and installing the files from – Sathya Nov 14 '09 at 0:44

Without installing anything, you can navigate to e.g. where is the URL of the PDF you're trying to view.

The http:// after the /viewer?url=[http://]www. needs to be omitted in certain web browsers but not all.

The &embedded=TRUE at the end makes the PDF full screen size, getting rid of Google's controls and left-nav pane that shows up if you omit &embedded=TRUE.

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