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Evince 2.26.1 displaying a PDF
Developer(s)The Evince Team
Operating systemLinux, Solaris, BSD, other Unix-like, Windows
TypeDocument viewer
LicenseGNU General Public License


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Evince is a document viewer for PDF, PostScript, DjVu, TIFF and DVI designed for the GNOME desktop environment.

The developers of Evince intended to replace the multiple GNOME document viewers with a single and simple application. The Evince motto sums up the project aim: "Simply a Document Viewer".

GNOME has included Evince since GNOME 2.12 was released in September 2005. It is written mainly in C, with a small part (the code that interfaces with poppler) written in C++.

Released under the GNU General Public License, Evince is free software.


Evince began as a rewrite of GPdf, which its support programmers had started to find unwieldy to maintain. Evince quickly surpassed the functionality of GPdf and replaced both GPdf and GGV in the September 2005 release of GNOME 2.12.


Evince incorporates an integrated search that displays the number of results found and highlights the results on the page. Users can optionally display (in the left sidebar of the viewer) thumbnails of pages to assist in page navigation within a document. When documents support indices, Evince gives the option of showing the document index for quickly moving from one section to another.

Evince can show two pages at a time, left and right, and offers full-screen and slide-show views.

Evince allows the selection of text in PDF files and allows users to highlight and copy text from documents made from scanned images, if the PDF includes OCR data.

Supported document formats

Evince supports many different single and multi-page document formats:

Built-in support
  • PDF using the Poppler backend
  • PostScript using the Ghostscript backend
  • Multi-Page TIFF
Optional support
  • DVI
  • DjVu using the DjVuLibre backend
  • OpenDocument Presentation when built with the --enable-impress option
  • Images (currently included as a toy, but needs work)
  • CBR, CBZ, CB7 (Comic Book Archive file)
Possible or planned support
  • Microsoft PowerPoint using libpreview (currently alpha-quality)

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