I would like a PDF reader that lets me split the screen so I can see two different parts of the same document. I do not want a split view that only lets me see two consecutive pages.

  • "split the screen"? you mean "display 2 pages at once" or "display 2 pages at once from different documents"? Oct 11 '09 at 11:00
  • Updated the question
    – Casebash
    Oct 11 '09 at 22:56

This is a bit of a strange answer, but Konqueror (the default everything-browser for KDE) can do what you want. You see, Konqueror is not just a web browser or just a file browser -- it is a browser for any type of data that there exists a KPart for (where a KPart is some type of component that KDE can understand and embed places -- things like Konsoles, Kate windows, and -- of interest on this occasion -- KPDF viewers).

Thus, because Konqueror has a split view, you automatically get a split-viewable PDF reader for free. Just open up a Konqueror window, split its view, and open up the PDF in each pane. Each can scroll independently of each other, etc.

You'll have some of the basic PDF-browsing features but not some others -- KParts are not meant to be full applications. Thus, you won't (for example) be able to annotate the PDF in Konqueror as you would be able to in Okular, for instance. But as long as you just want basic viewing, this will be enough :)

KParts and all the modularity of the KDE framework allows for some pretty neat stuff, in my opinion.

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    +1: Thats a nice solution, but I really don't want to have to install the KDE components just to get a split view of a PDF!
    – Casebash
    Dec 22 '09 at 10:02
  • I can't get it to load using Konqueror. Konqueror just opens the PDF file in acroread. How do I get Konqueror to open this file within itself? Mar 13 '17 at 16:18

evince 2.30 can at least open two separare windows for the same PDF document. Open a PDF file, then choose File->Open a Copy. Now you have the same document in two windows.

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    That is a good hint, I first made a copy of my PDF to open it in a second window :-D Jan 23 '12 at 15:15
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    This answer avoids using K libraries, since the author asks for an Ubuntu solution (not Kubuntu) Feb 28 '13 at 9:11
  • Same thing with atril
    – jarno
    Dec 12 '19 at 21:02

Emacs 23 (and earlier versions with the separately obtained doc-view.el package) can seamlessly open and view PDF files. And using the usual split window support (C-x 2) you can display two different parts of the same document in the same window.

I doubt that this is going to be as easy to use as just opening a normal PDF twice, but it definitely does exactly what you ask for.


If you want to split the pdf in half and see each half in a screen, you can try dspdfviewer.


This is a kind of hack, but you could run LibreOffice Calc and use Insert>Image... to insert the document. Then use the Calc's splitting feature by dragging the small dark rectangle at the right top or right bottom area of the sheet.

In case your PDF looks like a sheet, you probably cold convert it to get better results. You could use online converter such as ALTO or a Java application called Tabula, for example.


If you use Google Chrome or Chromium web browser to view your PDF, you could open the document in two tabs and then use an extension such as Split Tabs or Tab Resize to show them at once. Probably there are similar extensions for other web browsers.


Go to "Window" and select "Split" in order to have twice the same document with the ability to navigate separatly between them ! That simple !

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    In what menu are you selecting these options? Jun 13 '13 at 19:51

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