Situation: to have Advanced search (like Adobe Acrobat's one) in any pdf reader; search many documents and have integrated view for their review

I know the thread about installing Adobe reader by in the thread How to install Adobe Acrobat Reader in Debian? where I tried

  • its current accepted answer is about the installation of the old version (9.0) of Adobe reader here
  • terdon's answer about adding Linux Mint's reporisitory of acroread in Debian but the source does not work

I know the answer in the thread How to Install Adobe Acrobat in Ubuntu 16.04? about adding a repository, but there is no command add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ precise partner" in Debian. I can recall that you can get Adobe Reader 10 and/or newer by this method. I would like to get at least the same in Debian.

OS: Debian 8.5 64 bit
Linux kernel: 4.6
Hardware: Asus Zenbook UX303UA
Architecture: amd64

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The last version of Adobe Reader available on Linux is 9.5.5, even in Canonical's partner repository. Adobe Reader has been unsupported on Linux for quite a while, I dare say there are probably a few security vulnerabilities lurking...

You should use Okular or Evince.

If you need features which are only available in Adobe Reader, you should run it in a virtual machine to reduce the level of risk; either version 9.5.5 in a Linux VM, or the current release in a Windows VM (assuming you have the appropriate license). If you take the Linux VM route, you might as well make it a 32-bit VM since that will simplify the installation of Adobe Reader (gdebi will do the right thing on its own, see GAD3R's answer).

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    You should mention that in your question... If you need features which are unique to Adobe Reader (and I think multi-document search is indeed not available anywhere else, even Foxit Reader) then you need to run Adobe Reader. To reduce the risk, you should run it in a VM — either the old 9.5.5 release in a Linux VM, or (if you have a Windows license) the current release in a Windows VM. Sep 12, 2016 at 9:12

Adobe Reader is no longer supported by Adobe on Linux since 2014. Adobe no longer provides security updates for Adobe Reader under Linux.

How to Install adobe reader-enu in 64-bit Debian 8.5?

wget ftp://ftp.adobe.com/pub/adobe/reader/unix/9.x/9.5.5/enu/AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb
sudo apt-get install gdebi
sudo gdebi AdbeRdr9.5.5-1_i386linux_enu.deb
sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-0:i386 libnss3-1d:i386 libnspr4-0d:i386 lib32nss-mdns libxml2:i386 libxslt1.1:i386 libstdc++6:i386
sudo apt-get -f install
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    @MatteoItalia It would be nice if such VBs could be done with minimal memory and minimal interface. - - Current environment is just not sufficient for my tasks in isolated environment. - - It would be nice to understand why Advanced search cannot be implemented for any pdf reader in Linux. Sep 12, 2016 at 16:35
  • You're not actually installing the 64-bit version using this approach It's so clear that the package is 32-bit and installing the extra packages won't actually make any change to that
    – Mehdi
    Mar 25, 2018 at 2:29

I'm not sure about Debian, but I'm guessing this would work ... I got it to install in Ubuntu 16.04 LTS / Mint 18 by doing the following with elevated permissions (e.g. sudo, su root, etc.):

# add-apt-repository "deb http://archive.canonical.com/ precise partner"   
# apt update

Search for the acroreader package using apt after adding the archive repository (where it is located):

# apt search adobereader

There are a few different language versions, such as -enu (English), -deu (German), -fra (French) and -jp (Japanese). I chose English, so I'll use that in my example.

But first, you have to install a couple required libraries:

# apt install libatk-adaptor:i386 libgail-common:i386

Then install the package itself:

# apt install adobereader-enu

Without being root (e.g. don't type sudo), invoke the following at prompt to load the program:

$ acroread

Takes a while to run for the first time because it loads a license / TOS it wants you to agree to. You only have to do this once.

Seems to work pretty good despite the dodgy 32-bit libraries. Works better than the version available in the Arch Linux AUR (which takes a fair bit of hacking) which I used for work for nearly a year without problem.

Hope that helps...

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