How to read PDF file on Linux


I would like to know if there is any built in way to read PDF files on linux without downloading any software? Thank you.

James BondSoftware ProfessionalAsked:
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Which Linux distribution do you have? A lot of distributions have a document viewer like Evince that will display pdf's just fine.
It depends on the desktop that you are in :

#gpdf <pdfilename>


#evince <pdffilename>


#kpdf <pdffilename>

Or if you want to read pdf in shell terminal ( without gui )

#yum install pdftohtml
#pdftohtml   <filename>
#links  filename.html
In addition to above comments.

you can you use google document without installing any bit of software on your computer.
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James BondSoftware ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
Linux OS is suse. Version should one of the latest.

@loopfinity - how to use google doc for this purpose? Thanks.
I believe that SuSE includes okular.  You should be able to open a file browser and click on the PDF file, or run "okular <filename>".
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
You can have KDE or Gnome with Suse, which one do you have?
James BondSoftware ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
How do I find out whether I have KDE, GNOME or okular etc? Thanks.
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Well, if you look in the menu and a lot of applications start with K then it's KDE.

Alternatively: open a terminal (from accessoires) and type:


Not a useful bit of information.

It doesn't matter whether you are running KDE or GNOME.  Both have PDF viewers which are part of the distribution.  

To find out if you have okular, kpdf, gpdf, or any other program installed, type "which <progname>" at the command line.  (Actually, this will only tell if you have the program in your path.  It is possible, although unlikely, that the program is installed but at a non-standard location not on your path.)

SuSE and every other Linux distribution is modular.  It is possible to install a version which has almost every application.  It's also possible to install a version which has almost no applications.  If none of these PDF viewers are installed, you can use the package manager to install the correct viewer.  


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James BondSoftware ProfessionalAuthor Commented:
I am back. Sorry. Switched job so was busy. Sorry about this guys.
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