I've used several unix tools to display PDFs, like xpdf, evince, epdfview

What I'm looking for is not very complicated. I'd like to display a full page inside the application window with reduced margins (no margins or very small margins) and be able to go to the next/previous page by simply pressing one button.

I don't know any PDF viewer which can be configured to do that. Does anyone know how it could be done?

  • Did you consider writing a minimal app using poppler library (optionally with Python or Ruby bindings)? Nov 15, 2011 at 12:55
  • I'll be considering it if there is no answer to this question :-) Nov 15, 2011 at 12:56

2 Answers 2


Try out MuPDF, gsviev and apvlv.

Oh, and llpp maybe.

  • Tried mupdf and apvlv but they both change the view when I go to the next page, the top margin is displayed again :-/ Nov 15, 2011 at 13:55

I much enjoy using mupdf. There's no visible UI and the default keybindings are fine.

  • I just tried it, but if I change the view, it is not preserved when I change the page :-(. However it looks minimal and nice, and maybe I'll try to hack this one if there is no other one that allows to do what I want. Nov 15, 2011 at 13:33
  • Really? When I for example zoom in (+) and go to the next page or down (using the cursor keys) or to page 10 (10g), everything stays zoomed.
    – sr_
    Nov 15, 2011 at 13:39
  • No, the vertical centering is changed :-/ Nov 15, 2011 at 13:48
  • Weird, this doesn't happen here, using the left and right arrow to change pages doesn't change the view. (You could try resizing the window; using xmonad here, mupdf misbehaves until I do this (doesn't know its window's size))
    – sr_
    Nov 15, 2011 at 13:55
  • Ah right! pagedown and right are not the same, sorry. I was confused by the manual which does not distinguish them. So, this solves my problem, thank you! Now I need to find a way to add reverse video and map mouse wheel to left/right… :-) Nov 15, 2011 at 14:03

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