# Viewing PDF in browser (Firefox) on Ubuntu 9.04

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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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 "$file" So my file looks like: sudo gedit /etc/mozpluggerrc text/x-pdf:pdf:PDF file ACROREAD() [...] repeat noisy swallow(evince) fill: evince "$file"
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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:

URI: http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu

Distrubution: jaunty

Components: partner

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Without installing anything, you can navigate to e.g. https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=www.math.harvard.edu/~seths/lecture1.pdf&embedded=TRUE where www.math.harvard.edu/~seths/lecture1.pdf 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.