Foxit Reader
Foxit Reader under Windows 8.1
Developer(s)Foxit Software
Operating systemWindows 2000 or higher, Linux
Available inmultiple languages
TypePDF viewer

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Foxit Reader

Foxit Reader is a multilingual PDF reader. Both the basic and full version readers can be downloaded for free.

Foxit Reader is notable for its short load time and small filesize, and has been compared favorably to Adobe Reader. It is not able to read PDX files (searchable catalogs), which limits its utility for use with document collections, and it does not handle the text ligatures correctly during text search and copy. Its MS Windows version allows annotating and saving unfinished PDF forms, FDF import/export, converting to text, highlighting and drawing.

Installation procedure

Foxit Reader is available in. exe, .msi and. zip packages. The installer version of Foxit Reader is bundled with potentially unwanted applications, and may make changes to the user system without his/her approval. Thus, PC Advisor recommends to be "diligent when installing Foxit Reader to ensure the program doesn't install unwanted software." They found that Foxit Reader "attempted to install a Firefox plug-in, made Ask [their] default search engine and created desktop, quick launch and Start Menu icons for eBay." Some of these features can be disabled during the setup process and are not present in the. zip version of the package.


Windows version

Foxit Reader v3.x is available for 32-bit and 64-bit Microsoft Windows 2000 through 7, Windows Mobile 2003 and 5.0, and Windows CE 4.2 and 5.0. It allows Windows 98/ME to open Acrobat version 7 and 8 files, which the current version of Adobe’s Acrobat reader for those operating systems will not. It also supports the U3 smart drive when used with Windows 2000 or Windows XP. Foxit Reader 2.0 is the last version which runs on Windows 95, NT 4.0, Windows 98, and Windows Me. Since version 3.0 Foxit Reader for Windows requires Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/7.

Linux version

Foxit Software has released a Linux version of Foxit Reader available for download in three formats; namely. deb for Debian-based distros, like Ubuntu, .rpm for RPM-based distros, and a source package in. tar.gz. On August 13, 2009, Foxit Reader version 1.1 was released for Linux. Foxit Reader for desktop Linux does not support a few features which are available on MS Windows versions such as commenting tools, form filling and saving support, FDF support, drawing markup tools, as well as typewriter. Foxit Corporation stated that it will be improving the Linux version with more functions and release a new development plan of Foxit Reader V1.2 for Desktop Linux in December, 2009.

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